Hunter, a Labrador Retriever who had been missing since March of last year, is spending Thanksgiving back home with his family in Broome County.

The ten-year-old yellow lab, along with his brother, a black lab named Max, managed to slip out of a fenced yard in Chenango Forks.

Brad Ashbaugh says he and his wife spent plenty of time searching for the dogs near their home and at shelters across the region. They also posted information and pictures on several websites for "lost and found" animals.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Ashbaugh said social media ultimately helped bring about Hunter's return to his family.

Ashbaugh said early this month, a picture of a dog that looked like Hunter was posted on a Facebook site featuring "Lost Pets of the Hudson Valley." It turned out Hunter was found along a road in a wooded area in the Orange County town of Mount Hope, about 125 miles from his home.

Ashbaugh said Hunter was "so skinny, you could see all his ribs." The dog weighed more than 100 pounds before he left home. His weight had fallen below fifty pounds when he was found.

Ashbaugh is grateful to those who found Hunter and cared for the dog before the pet was reunited with his family. He's renewing his effort to find Max, the black lab who remains missing.