FAIRFIELD, TX — In a touching scene, local dog "Tex" was overcome with joy after being reunited at last with his owner Tom, who had briefly walked outside to check the mail.
"Tex hasn't been this happy since the last time Tom checked the mail," said Tom's wife Allison. "It's like 'Homeward Bound' all over again."
According to Allison, five-year-old Tex had fallen into despair the moment Tom walked out the door. "Tex packed all five stages of grief into about ten seconds," said Allison. "He whimpered, hung his head, and finally accepted he may never see Tom again. But Tex still stood faithfully by the door to wait for Tom - and twenty seconds later, it was the happiest reunion this world has ever witnessed."
Animal scientists have long been amazed at the ability of dogs to overcome remarkable obstacles to reunite with their owners. "There are so many incredible stories of dogs waiting years for their owners to return, or travelling hundreds of miles to find them," said animal researcher Dr. Meghan Platt. "Dogs, however, are just as elated about seeing their owners when they've been gone for two minutes to the bathroom. Dogs are amazing creatures, but also quite dumb."
At publishing time, Tex had decided Tom was a magical wizard after Tom had appeared to throw a ball, but the ball disappeared.
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