SEATAC, Wash.—

Penny the missing pup was reunited with her worried Washington state owners this week after a cross-country trek since mid-December that led her to the Pittsburgh area.

Kendra Brown and her husband picked up their 7-month old Vizsla on Friday after a free ride home from U.S. carrier Alaska Airlines.

Kendra and Colt Brown said a truck driver picked up their dog near their home in central Washington thinking she was a stray.

“When she went missing, we thought she ran off and we were never going to see her again. We’re just happy knowing she’s alive,” Kendra Brown, Penny’s owner, told Pittsburgh broadcaster WPXI. “I’m sure if she could talk, she’d have quite a few adventures to talk about.”

The driver dropped her off at an animal clinic where a technician scanned her for a microchip and discovered she was lost.

The Browns had created a Facebook page called “Bring Penny Home For Christmas” in an effort to locate their dog.

Alaska Airlines learned about the dog on December 26 and was “flying Penny home complimentary” from a District of Columbia area airport to Seattle on January 2, a spokeswoman said.

The Browns greeted Penny at the airport with kisses and treats.

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