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  • Airedale Terrier Crosses State Lines to Find Home on Random Incredible Stories of Pets Returning Home

    (#12) Airedale Terrier Crosses State Lines to Find Home

    In October of 2008, Max, a 2-year-old Airedale Terrier, was spooked when he and his owner, Bill Clark, were involved in a car accident, so he took off out of the back seat and into the woods in Sterling, Connecticut. He found his way back home to Conventry, Rhode Island, 45 miles away, by walking along highways and back roads. His journey took three weeks and three days. Clark searched for him the entire time, but one day came home to find Max just sitting in his back yard. He had lost 11 pounds, but other than that, he was no worse for the wear. “I couldn't believe that he came home,“ Clark said. “All that way." 

    Source: NBC 10 Rhode Island
  • Jack Russell Terrier Rides a Ferry Across Plymouth Sound, Then Ran Two Miles Home on Random Incredible Stories of Pets Returning Home

    (#5) Jack Russell Terrier Rides a Ferry Across Plymouth Sound, Then Ran Two Miles Home

    Jarvis the Jack Russell stunned his owners after getting lost on a day outing miles from home and finding his way back alone on a ferry. Owner Vivienne Oxley watched Jarvis run off into bushes as she visited a Cornish country estate with her two-year-old granddaughter. They searched for him for a few hours, but when it started to get late, decided they would have to return home to Devon without him.

    Luckily, Mrs. Oxley got a call to say a dog like Jarvis had been spotted on the ferry they had taken across Plymouth Sound to reach Cornwall. Minutes later, her puzzled husband, Tony, called her to report that Jarvis had turned up at home, alone, apparently having trotted the two miles from the ferry at Cremyll to Devon. Jarvis had actually made it home before his owner and was there to greet her at the door.

    Source: The Daily Mail
  • Persian Cat Traveled 1,000 Miles Through the Australian Outback to Get Home on Random Incredible Stories of Pets Returning Home

    (#4) Persian Cat Traveled 1,000 Miles Through the Australian Outback to Get Home

    In 1978, The Hicks family of Adelaide, Australia, dropped their pedigree Persian cat off with their parents, who lived over 1,000 miles away, to be cared for while they took a vacation overseas. Upon returning to retrieve their cat, they were told that he had escaped just two weeks after he had been there, and all efforts to find him had been futile. The family was heartbroken and stayed a month in order to search for him, but to no avail. They returned to Adelaide sans Howie, but couldn't bring themselves to get another cat. It just wouldn't have been the same.

    A year had passed, when one afternoon they found a miserable looking longhaired cat, with a wounded paw, who was filthy and starved. When their daughter, Kirsten, came home from school and saw the cat, she stopped, then ran forward screaming out "Howie! Howie!". The mother was shocked; could this straggly cat be their pedigree Persian? It was. Over 12 months and 1,000 miles, Howie forded rivers, crossed two tracts of hostile desert, and fought his way through the vast wilderness of the Australian Outback. He knew where his home was, and neither distance nor danger could keep him from it.

    Source: PetMD.com
  • Siberian Husky Traversed 77 Miles in Seven Days Through Desert, Mountains, and a River on Random Incredible Stories of Pets Returning Home

    (#7) Siberian Husky Traversed 77 Miles in Seven Days Through Desert, Mountains, and a River

    Moon, a Siberian Husky, found her way home to Ely, Nevada, across miles of desert, over the White River, and Ward Mountain ranges. Her owner, Doug Dashiell, had taken his three dogs with him for a weekend trip. As he stopped to let the dogs stretch their legs in Railroad Valley, Moon got free of Dashiell's hold and took off into the distance, probably on the trail of a squirrel or rabbit. Although he searched for hours, he turned up no sign of her.

    Seven days later, a local living not far from Dashiell called him to report his dog had wandered up to his front door. Moon had made it home unscathed, except for the pungent stench of a skunk she had probably chased somewhere between Railroad Valley and Ely. Dashiell had all but given up hope that he would ever see Moon again and speculated she may have might have fed on rabbits during the seven days she was missing. To make it back home in one week, the loyal Moon traveled a distance of 11 miles each day through very rugged and challenging terrain. The purebred Siberian Husky lived up to her breed's reputation of having the best endurance of all domestic dogs.

    Source: USA Today
  • Irish Terrier Crossed the English Channel to Fight Alongside His Master in France on Random Incredible Stories of Pets Returning Home

    (#2) Irish Terrier Crossed the English Channel to Fight Alongside His Master in France

    One of the oldest, and probably most well known, tales of brave dogs traveling many miles to reunite with their masters is one of an Irish Terrier named Prince. In 1914, Private James Brown from Staffordshire, England, was one of the first troops sent to France when war was declared against Germany. Even though Prince was at home with the rest of the family, he was a one-man kind of dog, and he suffered greatly missing his master. One day, he vanished from home. Private Brown's wife was distraught and wrote a letter to her husband letting him know that Prince had gone missing, and she feared the worst.

    However, by the time Private Brown received the letter, Prince had already turned up in France, ready to take on the Germans alongside with his master. Brown's Regiment adopted Prince as a mascot, and he remained in France for the rest of the war, often bearing messages between soldiers in the field. Prince’s story is one of the most baffling examples of animal travel to this very day. In order to find his way to Brown, he would have had to cross the English Channel, a formidable body of water, the crossing of which experienced swimmers consider a great milestone. In regards to Princes's story, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is said to have investigated it thoroughly and "established its authenticity beyond doubt," leaving it to stand as the most amazing dog journey in history.

    Source: Ross, Estelle. The Book of Noble Dogs, Century Company, 1922. Google Books. Web. Mar 18, 2008
  • Dog Braves the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami to Find His Master on Random Incredible Stories of Pets Returning Home

    (#10) Dog Braves the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami to Find His Master

    In Japan, dogs and cats outnumber children by six million. Pets are really treated as family there. This made the devastation of the 2011 tsunami all the more horrific as people lost track of their beloved pets in the disaster. These feelings of loss and worry of separation went both ways, however. The perfect illustration being evident in the dogged determination of Shane, an Akita belonging to a Mr. Kamata, a respected citizen in the community of Sendai, whose job it was to warn others of inclement weather and hazardous conditions. On this occasion, he rushed to do so, after letting his beloved Shane out into his yard. After alerting his neighborhood, Mr. Kamata attempted to return to his home and get Shane, but the tsunami was approaching too quickly, and he was cut off by torrents of water. He was forced to take shelter in a nearby school on higher ground and was sure he'd never see Shane again. 

    Back home, Shane fearlessly heaved himself into the surging rivers of salt water and debris pulverizing Sendai. Motivated to be with his guardian, Shane dog-paddled like a champ through torrid, fetid waters for six hours, eventually honing in on the school where Kamata sheltered. Although Shane had never been there before, and had no prior knowledge of the place, he made an entrance like a boss and was reunited with Mr. Kamata. Veterinarians surmised that he likely rode out much of the tsunami while clinging to a board, since he had a few deep cuts and slivers buried in his front legs. Nonetheless, he made a full recovery after traveling several miles through harrowing waters to be at his owner's side.

    Source: Global Animal Foundation

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