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By Kathryn Robinson

A dog was reunited with his Alabama owners Saturday in Colorado, after going missing nearly a decade ago, when he was just a puppy.

Lloyd Goldston and his family were reunited with their beloved canine companion after "Boozer" went missing nine years ago from their Tennessee home.

That's 63 years gone, in dog time.

The family told NBC News the 10-year-old boxer went missing when he was just a year old when the family moved from Tennessee to Alabama.

"We were moving at the time," Goldston told NBC affiliate KUSA. "So we didn't have a lot of time that we could invest in searching all these neighborhoods that we were in."

A Colorado family reunited with dog they lost nine years ago.KUSA

Goldston and his two children drove 18 hours to Denver for the reunion after the Foothills Animal Shelter did a microchip scan and found Goldston's information.

Goldston told NBC News his wife didn't believe it when the animal shelter sent her an email with the subject line "Boxer dog."

"I knew right away it had to be him," Goldston said.

Goldston said after finding out about Boozer on Tuesday, he worked extra hours so he could start the 2,558 mile trip on Friday.

Boozer's latest owner had moved from Memphis to Denver but could no longer care for him.

The shelter told KUSA that often people will not update microchip information after a pet has been given away.

Goldston said Boozer hasn't left his side since returning home and gets along great with the family's other rescued animals.

"We never thought this day would happen," Goldston said. "But he fits right in. He's home."