12/04/2011 01:55 pm ET | Updated Dec 04, 2011

Missing Dog Reunited With Family After 8 Years

"Wow. Quite frankly, [my husband] John and I just figured somehow she had gotten killed." Kristen Pruitt told after being reunited with her mix breed pit bull Petunia who had been missing for eight years.

The dog disappeared on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2003 from a family farm in Fredricksburg, Virginia, according to Somehow, eight years later, the dog ended up on the opposite side of the United States at an animal shelter in California.

The shelter then used a microchip implanted in the dog to track down the dog owners, according to

In a Skype interview with CBS13 Sacramento, Pruitt exclaimed upon seeing the dog,"Awwwwww. Look at her."

Debra Luis, supervisor at the Yuba County Animal Control Office in California, told the Appeal Democrat about the dog's health. The Appeal Democrat reports Luis said "that the dog is in fine shape physically, though she also said there are signs the animal had not received enough nutrition in recent months."

Now, according to KCRA Sacramento, "The shelter is now working with Pruitt to make sure Petunia is home for the holidays."