Andrew Beet was carjacked while collecting his mail Wednesday night near Pretoria, South Africa.
Beet, 48, found himself held at gunpoint by "a very friendly man who said he was going to take my car now," the Beeld newspaper reported.
His wiener dog Wally was ejected from the Volkswagen Polo before the carjacker drove off.
Enter the police: Warrant Officer Morne Jonker and colleague Constable Tefo Khahlise followed the car's tracking signal, finally locating the Polo in Tembisa, a large township.
Jesse the carjacked wiener dog was found "shivering" and "staring out of the back window," the South African Press Association said, citing the Beeld report.
In a heartwarming turn of events, Warrant Officer Jonker offered to take care of Jesse until she could be reunited with her owners.
The next morning, Beet was overjoyed to be find Jesse safe and sound, the newspaper said.
The lucky wiener dog is now back home with pal Wally in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion.
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