They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one spoke volumes.

It conveyed in one simple image -- the joyous reunion of a young woman and her lost dog -- a stark truth about the bond that forms between people and their pets.

"It was literally exactly how I felt that moment," said Tayla Renee Miller of the cellphone snapshot taken when Comet came home to her.

"I didn't think I'd ever see him again," she said. "I really didn't."

"That picture says it all," said Heather Taylor-Ream, who launched the Clintonville Lost and Found Furry Friends Facebook page in 2013, where Miller, a former Clintonville resident, posted the photo of her with Comet.

"I will try to take down some of the posters I put up a lot in Clintonville," Miller wrote with her posting. "If you want, feel free to remove any I miss.

"Never thought I would see him again."

"Every time I see it, it gives me goosebumps," Taylor-Ream said. "It's just a stunning, stunning picture. It just captures the emotion of finding your friend who was gone and you never thought you would see him again."

Comet, a nearly 3-year-old Shiba Inu, went missing from Miller's Clintonville home Feb. 19. Miller and her boyfriend, Ty Cyphers of Grandview Heights, who plastered the neighborhood with posters featuring Comet's photo, are convinced someone took the dog.

"You know how Clintonville is," said Miller, who since has moved to Olde Towne East. "Every other person has a dog. Someone would have seen something."

As the weeks went by, Cyphers said the absence of Comet began to put a strain on his relationship with Miller, and he was moved to do some "private investigation." His sleuthing, he said, eventually led him to Westgate Park in the Hilltop, where he showed pictures of Comet to a group of children.

Those clues led him to the Lancaster area, where he recovered Comet.

Cyphers said some "ongoing legal proceedings" kept him from saying much more.

He was on hand to witness the March 15 reunion between his girlfriend and Comet, who is an emotional support animal.

"It was one of the most special moments of my life," Cyphers said.

"He's been a little skittish, but he's coming back to himself," Miller said of Comet.

"I'm just so thrilled that they get each other back," Taylor-Ream said. "She got it done, and the end results are what's most important."

Taylor-Ream, who stays at home as a result of an injury, said she started the Facebook page as a way of reconnecting people with pets that stray.

"I love animals and I have lots of pets and I love my community, so I wanted to do something that would serve both," she added. "I just thought Facebook would be a great platform for me to do that."

Clintonville Lost and Found Furry Friends now has 1,300 members -- "which is really kind of awesome," Taylor-Ream said.

"We've done pretty well, and it's made a difference to the people who were missing them, certainly."

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