A Cambridge couple is happily reunited with their dog after she became the unwitting victim of a truck robbery.

“I just can’t believe she’s home now,” says owner Gloriella Doll. “That was really a nightmare.”

It all began when Gloriella and her husband Andrew stopped by a Cambridge Walmart on Saturday afternoon.

They parked their pickup truck and headed into the store, leaving their German Sheppard cross Lilly in the vehicle.

While they were shopping, a thief drove away with the truck.

“We usually never leave [Lilly] in the car,” says Andrew. “We were in and out, and I mean, it happened [quickly].”

Naturally, the couple was upset that their black 2004 Chevy Silverado, filled with more than $8,000 worth of work equipment, was gone.

But their main concern was their pet’s safety.

“We had like 50 friends come over there like instantly. Everybody just showed up,” says Andrew. “We had like 40 cars and people went out in all directions.”

Then finally, early Sunday morning, the Dolls got the news they’d been hoping for: Lilly was found just 15 minutes away on a rural property on Puslinch Lake Road.

“Best call ever in my life, honestly,” says Gloriella with a laugh. “It’s like if you won the lottery. It was amazing.”

Lilly’s licence and tags had been removed.

The man who found her wanted to remain anonymous, but contacted the Cambridge Humane Society, which helped make the reunion possible.

“He opened up the door when we got there and it was her, and she ran right out and was ecstatic to see us,” says Andrew.

As for the family’s pick-up truck, police say it’s unlikely it will be found since only 18 per cent of all vehicle thefts result in charges.