A dachshund called Pipsqueak has finally been reunited with her family following a 136-day and 17,000km journey after being stranded in the US due to the pandemic.
The two-year-old dog had been sailing around the world with owners, Guy and Zoe Eilbeck, from Sydney's northern beaches, and their two sons, Cam, 13, and Max, 8.
But when the deadly virus struck in March, the family who had been in Key West, were forced to leave Florida and return to Australia.
The Eilbecks sailed to South Carolina, abandoning their 40ft yacht so they could fly home but a huge amount of paperwork needed to be done before Pip could join them.
She then spent the next five months staying with strangers until she was finally able to jump into her family's arms at Sydney Airport on Tuesday night.
The Eilbecks (pictured from left to right: Cam, Zoe, Max and Guy) were finally reunited with their dog Pipsqueak on Tuesday night after a long five months apart
Pipsqueak the two-year-old dachshund had been stranded in the US after the outbreak of COVID-19
'Over the last five months, Pip has been travelling by boat, by plane, by car, it's been an extremely long journey across America,' Mrs Eilbeck said.
'She's part of our family and it's been five months and that's a long time to miss anybody,' Mr Eilbeck said.
When the family first had to pack up and leave, Pip stayed with some friends in South Carolina.
The Eilbecks then shared their pet's story online urging anyone to take care of her while they worked on bringing her home.
Mrs Eilbeck was shocked to see a string of volunteers offering to help and mind Pip across the US.