Stephen is visiting Kamar Taj for a few days, and at one point, goes into the nearby town for some reason (I guess to find an artifact or something–who knows). Anyway, he gets attacked by this gang and gets overwhelmed by them. (He doesn’t have his cloak because he didn’t want to stand out too much and these guys manage to get the sling ring off of him). Of course, unlike the last time he got mugged, he’s able to put up a good fight this time, and now has magic too, of course, but one guy manages to pin him down….when suddenly, this blur just comes in out of nowhere and pounces on the guy, giving Stephen the opening he needs to fight back.
Once the fight’s over, he finally sees who or what saved him. A dog is standing there, barking and growling at the retreating attackers, before turning and giving Stephen this “look” and holding his paw out for a shake. It takes him a minute, but eventually, Stephen realizes it’s the same dog he gave the splint to about a year or so ago. Apparently, the dog recognized him and jumped in to help. Stephen then takes him back home with him (to the Sanctum, I mean), cleans him up, and eventually gives him away to a nearby shelter (because let’s be honest, he can’t take care of this dog and do his magic business too).
Cut to months later, and one day, Stephen’s reading (or meditating, I don’t know–just doing something) by a window, when he sees a lady crossing the street, walking her dog….“his” dog. The dog spots him in the window–does the “shake my paw” trick; Stephen just smiles and waves, and he overhears the lady saying something like, “Come on Sophie! Honestly, why do you always have to stop when we pass by here?” They go on their way, and Stephen just thinks, “Looks like we both found a place to belong.”