Within an hour of posting the footage above on the Conway Area Humane Society's Facebook page, Rocky's mysterious story began to unravel when a family friend of his owner recognized him.
It turns out, the 17-year-old dog had run away from home over Independence Day weekend, sent into a panic by the sounds of fireworks going off in the neighborhood where he lives. To Rocky, and many pets like him, those noises must sound like the world is coming to an end - so he sought refuge in the forest to hide away from it all.
But Rocky hadn't been forgotten. Every day since he'd gone missing, his owner had been searching for him, not realizing he'd ended up miles away.
"Rocky is 17 years old and has cancer, he is loved and very missed," the shelter wrote.
On Friday, he and his dad were reunited.