Mello's owner placed a large sign in the Jamesport shopping plaza during her search. SoutholdLOCAL photo by Peter Blasl.

A Cutchogue woman is rejoicing this morning after her lost dog Mello found his way home.

“I’m elated,” said Denise Cardinale, who was heartbroken when Mello went missing on Friday.

“I went to sleep, and I visualized him coming home, and I prayed. I was so distraught, literally at the end of my rope,” Cardinale said. “I woke up this morning and was in bed when I heard scratching.”

Leaping out of bed, Cardinale ran to the back door and found her lost pup, who came back with dirty paws and his usual sweet spirit. “It was Day 5, and he ran into the house like nothing had ever happened.”

Cardinale said she’s unsure where Mello has been — if someone perhaps found him and brought him back, or if he was on an adventure.

“I don’t care how it happened, I’m just so happy he’s home,” she said. “I’m just so thankful. Totally excited and happy, and I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my chest.”

Cardinale said she’ll bring Mello to the vet to day for a check-up.

Most of all, Cardinale said she wanted to thank the community for opening their arms to help her. During her search, she hung a sea of missing posters and erected two large signs in the Mattituck and Jamesport shopping centers.

“I want to thank them all for being there for me. It feels so nice to be living in this wonderul area where people look out for each other and care for each other.”

When Mello, a three-year-old neutered male, disappeared, Cardinale and er kids, 17 and 21, were inconsolable over his disappearance.

Now that he’s back, cuddled in his favorite spot on her bed, and Cardinale has the happiest of endings. “He’s my little love,” she said.

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