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Is it possible your friends simply think that because they're returning, it's EXPECTED that they will resume ownership of their dog? It sounds like you've only received the email and not spoken to him about it. I would suggest you do before deciding anything. Perhaps your friend feels it's more of an obligation than a strong desire to bring their dog back into the family.

My view, for what it's worth, is that two years is a very long time for a dog. For all intents and purposes, that dog is your dog. If their family wants a dog now that they're resettling, they should go get a new dog and raise it with all the love and care it deserves and leave your pack intact.

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