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Dog travels 240 miles to his former home

By T.K. Randall
April 25, 2016 · Comment icon 25 comments



The dog somehow made his way back home. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Thomas Vaclavek
An adventurous sheepdog has managed to make his way hundreds of miles to the home of his former owners.
Four-year-old Pero, who was given to a farmer in Cockermouth, disappeared on April 8th only to reappear 240 miles away at Alan and Shan James' Farm near Aberystwyth two weeks later.

"The farmer in Cockermouth was looking for a dog that could round sheep and follow a quad bike, and we thought Pero would be ideal for the job," said Mrs James.

"We'd been told that Pero had disappeared... but then, last Wednesday evening, April 20, my husband Alan went out to check on the animals after supper and there was Pero on our doorstep."
How the dog had managed to track down his old home over hundreds of miles remains a complete mystery and the couple are now looking for anyone who might have seen him during his trip.

"When he came back, he wasn't hungry or weak, so he must have managed to find food somewhere," said Mrs James. "He must have stopped in places along the way."

"It's a total mystery as to how Pero has managed to find his way back to us."

Source: BBC News | Comments (25)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hawkin 7 years ago
I know a family that moved 5 miles away from their former home and took their pet cat with them but the cat went back to the former home and lived with the new occupants.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lilly 7 years ago
who knows how the heck they do it pallidin. There have been many cases where the pet traveled hundreds of miles over long periods of time... over country they had never been in! they just seem to know which way to go. Dogs are very smart (much smarter than we realize). They have an incredible sense of direction and what I call 'mapping memory'. Dogs know where they live and who they want to live with....it's just that simple really.
Comment icon #18 Posted by manticor225 7 years ago
Doesn't anyone remember the movie Homeward Bound?
Comment icon #19 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Agreed... How the heck do pets sometimes find their way back home after long distances (othertimes they, different dogs, seem unable) Maybe its the occasional car ride and dang good memory. Border Collies are pretty smart. They seem to have ADD but when necessary they show intelligence. Many years ago I was out with my Britney. in a field. She saw a rabbit and did what any good retriever does, she tried to catch it. The grass was so high I could see where she went. About a half an hour later she came back. Not 126 mi by no stretch of the imagination, but still shows how good the tracking insti... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by WhySoSceptical 7 years ago
If it was a Chihuahua it'd have been lost forever..
Comment icon #21 Posted by Hawkin 7 years ago
Does anyone remember Hachi-A Dog's Tale? Based on a true story. http://youtu.be/TIl2o1hm1F4
Comment icon #22 Posted by acute 7 years ago
This would be truly amazing... if it were true. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing how many miles this dog hitch-hiked, or how many car-jackings he carried out along the way.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Mark56 7 years ago
I have one of these cow dogs ( Border Collie). I bought her from a Rancher friend here close by. He usually sells the whole litter to a guy who trains them to herd cattle. She's not only the smartest dog I've ever owned, but the sweetest dog I've ever owned. She's loved very much by the family.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Mark56 7 years ago
This is by far my all time favorite "Hero Dog" story. A blind Labrador Retriever saves a 15 year old girl from drowning. Check it out: http://www.viralnova.com/blind-dog-saves-drowning-girl/
Comment icon #25 Posted by TripGun 7 years ago
Since they could not get rid of him the fist time. Pero's next trip is to the country of eu·tha·nize·sia.


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