In October of 2012, Charles and Elicia James had to evacuate their home on the Jersey Shore because of Hurricane Sandy. But right before they did, their pit bull "Reckless" slipped out of his collar and ran off. So they left without him.
They called a bunch of animal shelters after the storm, but no one had him, and eventually they lost hope.
Then, a couple weeks ago, Charles and Elicia finally gave in . . . and decided to get a NEW dog for their daughter Alexandra's 10th birthday. So they went to an animal shelter nearby to pick one out.
And when they got there . . . the first dog they saw was THEIR DOG, Reckless, sitting in a cage. And when he saw them, he went NUTS . . . and they all started crying.
It turns out he'd been found as a stray in October, and had been at the shelter since November . . . but no one had adopted him. Now he's back home, 18 MONTHS after he went missing, and he's been sleeping next to the daughter every night.
He also has a microchip now, in case he ever runs off again. (NY Daily News / Facebook)