How does a dog go missing, travel 2000 miles to another location, and somehow still find his way back home? This story will tell you exactly how it happened.
Adam Herbaugh took his two pups out for a walk in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, and somewhere along the way, heard the loud sound of a dog collar behind him. It was from a friendly coonhound pup who happily followed Herbaugh home when asked if he would like to tag along.
Herbaugh suspected that the pup was a pet that had gone missing and took him to Companion Animal Hospital. The pup was scanned for a microchip and it was found that his name was Jake and his family was all the way in Phoenix, Arizona, which was more than 2,000 miles away. Jake had disappeared out of his home’s yard almost one and a half years ago and had somehow traveled all that distance to find himself near Herbaugh’s home.
The hospital got in touch with A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue to ask for help in getting the pup home, and president Renae Metz was shocked to hear the story. She suspects a truck driver may have been responsible for bringing the pup all the way to Pennsylvania, as Jake’s family does not have family anywhere on the East Coast.
But Jake’s family were caring for their newborn baby, and it was not possible for them to travel all the way across the country to bring Jake home. So Metz decided to coordinate a huge road trip for Jake to get back to his family. Her sister, who works as a transport coordinator, looked on Facebook for volunteers who could bring Jake from place to place.
The pup’s gentle, kind, and good mannered temperament made him a joy to be around, and staff knew he would have no problem getting along with his road trip partners. They dressed the pup in a t-shirt, wrote “Arizona” on it, and five days after being found the pup was on his way. For four days, he traveled from state to state, adding new state names on his shirt as he went, being transferred from person to person and from vehicle to vehicle.
The entire effort took a whopping 20 drivers and 30 stops, not including 3 overnight stays, but soon, Jake was finally back home. He had lots of pictures from his trip with his drivers, which always involved him kissing his human companions!
Jake and his Dad were finally reunited in an exciting moment, and now, the pup is back home where he belongs. He’s learning to love his newborn human sibling and serves as a reminder of the importance of a microchip!
Feature Image Source: Facebook/A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue