WATCH: Dog lost for nearly 2 years in wilderness reunited with owner

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FORESTHILL, Calif –After nearly two years alone and lost in the wilderness of the Tahoe National Forest, Murphy the golden retriever is finally back with him family.

This past weekend, JaniceWatkins and her family were at the Lewis Campground in French Meadows, less than five miles from where Murphy went missing 20 months ago, when a golden retriever wandered into their campsite.

“We had heard the story, and there were bulletins posted, ‘missing since October of 2012′,” Watkins told FOX40 in Sacramento.

“The dog actually came over and met our dog,” Watkin’s husband, Russ said.

Murphy stood next to their border collie, Trip, just long enough for them to take hold of the 5-year-old golden retriever.

“Just kinda walked over and grabbed her by the scruff of the neck until we could get a leash on her,”  Janice said.

“She was very timid. She had her tail tucked most of the time, until halfway through Saturday. Then she started wagging it,” Russ said. “She was very sweet.”

A Facebook page, dedicated to finding her had this from Murphy’s owners:

Our dearest Family and Friends,

After 20 long months of being in the Tahoe National Forest, Murphy has come home. As you can imagine we are completely shocked and amazed with the miracle of her surviving this long.

We were reunited with Murphy, on Sunday afternoon – Father’s Day! She is on the road to recovery.

Words cannot describe how grateful we are.

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