HUNTINGTON BEACH ( — A dog missing for three years was returned to his rightful home — in Huntington Beach — Sunday.

It’s still not known how Smoke ended up in Florida, but his owner, Eric Hough, is just thankful to have his four-legged friend back.

Hough reported Smoke missing three years ago after the dog disappeared from his Echo Park residence.

Last month, Smoke turned up in a Florida shelter, where the staff discovered Smoke was micro-chipped. A search brought up Hough’s name, but not his new address or telephone number.

Good Samaritans worked at tracking Hough down and reunited him with Smoke. Kindred Hearts Transport, an all-volunteer organization, transported the dog from Florida to California.

Hough tells CBS2/KCAL9 that Smoke is getting used to his new home and is dining on an old favorite — teriyaki chicken.

“Always use microchips with your pets, and never give up hope. We did it, we brought Smoke home,” Hough said.

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