Tag: 1200 miles
A 7-year-old mutt who went missing in mid-November from his home in Colorado was reunited with his owner yesterday after being found in Salinas, Calif. — about 1,200 miles away.
Nobody knows where Buster Brown was for the past six months, or how he made it from Boulder to Salinas, but that’s all water under the bridge, or pavement under the paws, as the case may be.
Buster and his owner, Samantha Squires, reunited at Denver International Airport Friday.
“I never gave up on him and I thought about him every day,” she said as she awaited his arrival. “It wouldn’t be surprising to me that he was looking for us the whole time.”
Buster, who Squires rescued as a puppy, vanished from her back yard on Nov. 19 while she was out jogging, according to the Daily Camera.
Squires said she feared the worst – that a mountain lion might have attacked Buster. Three weeks ago, she adopted a new dog.
Meanwhile in Salinas, Peter Ochoa noticed a strange dog sitting on his front porch.
“He laid there staring at me like, ‘Are you going to take me in?’”
Ochoa approached Buster Brown, told him to sit, and then shook his paw. Ochoa’s family gave Buster some water and called animal control, and volunteered to take Buster in if a new home couldn’t be found for him.
Staff at the Salinas Animal Shelter found a microchip in Buster Brown, but the numbers they called were no longer in service. Instead the shelter sent a certified letter to the last known address associated with the microchip.
That letter ended up at Squires’ current address. She called the shelter and confirmed they had Buster, who had somehow gained 13 pounds during his mysterious absence.
Squires was trying to arrange transportation home for Buster when Frontier Air Lines offered to fly him for free.
Squires suspects Buster probably got a ride to California — otherwise, she calculated, he would have had to travel about seven miles a day.
“My guess is he lived in a couple of homes and was a stray toward the end,” Squires said. “People would take care of him — he’s just a doggy you want to love.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 6th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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