The bond between dog and owner is unlike any other and when a dog goes missing, it can be traumatic for the family.
On Sunday, the Hill family, Jimmy Killer and Patty, found that out first hand, but in the end their story had a happy ending.
Their 14-year-old blue heeler, Bella, ran off that morning and was gone for nearly nine hours before being found in a most unlikely place.
Bella actually belongs to the Hills son, Jim Ed, but in reality shes Killers dog.
During the day, Bella stays in an outdoor kennel and at night she sleeps in the house.