In a Richmond Valley home in the Long Island area of New York, Max the shih tzu knew exactly where his toys were stored. The dog had been gone and missed for three years, but never forgotten as the perky canine settled back into his favorite spot. He had been the dear human friend of the Mazza's family son, Gary who passed away from cancer in 2010.
Marie and Arthur Mazza had promised their son they would take care of his dog, but Gary's parents didn't have the heart to tell their son the black and white, feisty little canine had somehow escaped from the house.
According to SILive.com, the parents never gave up hope nor ever forgot their promise to their son on Feb. 22, 2010 - the day he died. They had tacked up posters along the neighborhood, notified the animal shelters, called local veterinarians, and even had a newspaper story posted about Max's disappearance.
And as mysterious as life can sometimes be, one day in late December 2012 the Mazzas received a phone call from a man telling them he had Max, and he had no intentions of returning their dear dog. Fortunately Arthur Mazza was able to track the phone call via Caller ID.
Mazza and a group of friends found the culprit in Queens and filed a report with the police. That evening Max arrived at the police station and recognized his family. In a bittersweet reunion with his new friend, a shih tzu and Bichon mix, the two dogs now share a home in Gary's memory.
The last promise Marie and Arthur made to their son has been kept.
Stephen Marete was arrested on December 30 for possession of stolen property.
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