Dog's Reaction After Realizing Owner Hadn't Left Her Outside Melts Hearts

A dog named Dottie went viral for her reaction when she found her owner was waiting for her after she thought she had left without her.

In a video shared on TikTok by the dog owner, who goes by the username Dottieandme123, the dog can be seen waiting behind the door all worried about losing her human when the dog suddenly realizes she has been calling her for the whole time.

After the dog realized her owner was still there, she changed mood and started waving her tail before running down the stairs to greet her owner. The post came with a caption that said: "She was crying and scratching at my door."

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She was crying and scratching at my door 🥺🥺 #foryoupage #dogsoftiktok #cute

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Once before, Dottie had been separated from her owner. Dottie's owner adopted her as a puppy in China where she used to live, but when she had to move back to the U.K. because of the pandemic, Dottie got stuck in China, and the two were not reunited until eight months later.

According to the ASPCA, separation from their guardians or people they're attached to can trigger separation anxiety in dogs; and escape attempts by dogs with separation anxiety are often extreme and can result in self-injury and household destruction, especially around exit points like windows and doors.

The latest report by the American Pet Products Association shows that in 2022, 70 percent of U.S. households reported owning at least one pet, which equates to 90.5 million homes across the country; of these 45.3 million are cats and 69 million are dogs.

The generation who owns most pets is millennials, with 32 percent, followed by baby boomers with 27 percent, Gen X with 24 percent and lastly Gen Z with 14 percent.

The video, which was first posted on the platform earlier in June, has gone viral, receiving over 33,400 likes, 103 comments and 86 re-shares. One user, Cleo Mae, commented: "will you keep it down I'm trying to find my owner" And x_Claire_x said: "Awww when she saw you."

Becca Jayne Parmley wrote: "her little face when she realised where you were." And Tommy Ironside pointed out: "the wee head tilt when she looked at you, so cute." Marlenna_80 said: "Awwww the relief."

Another user, Sonic Of Sheffield said: "awww so cute, the look on her face when she saw [you] tho." And bunny_mac78 said: "There's no love like a dog's."

Miesha and Lady wrote: "She's so precious." And ecee017 joked: "She's like mum let me in to oh mums there." Andrée Bacon Simon said: "awww the way she just run to you." And Emma Minni455 added: "Dotty literally refusing to believe her ears. . . . ."

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The internet was left in stitches by a dog's reaction once she found out her mom didn't leave her alone. Above, a stock image shows a happy dog. Getty Images