As it turns out, Tabitha is something of a television enthusiast - an admittedly quirky interest for a dog, but one that surely played a crucial role in her making it back home.
"She loves watching TV. When we turn it on, she always comes running in to see what's on, which is good because that's probably why she saw us," Schaefer told The Dodo. "Her tail started wagging and she got all excited, and the people who had her knew it was Tabitha. Ten minutes later, we got a call saying they had her."