Today Catster has a story about a writer marveling over her cat’s internal GPS system, which was functioning quite well after the cat was lost during a move.
Now we hear about a dog in England whose internal GPS is similarly top notch, leading the dog on a 10-mile, 18-hour trek to a familiar house after he was hit by a car in an unfamiliar area.
On Thursday, Sarah Walter left her eight-month-old Collie cross, Brieze, with a dog sitter in the village of Staverton in Gloucestershire, England, according to a story in the Gloucestershire Echo. Brieze wasn’t having any of it — the dog escaped and disappeared into a cornfield.
“He’s a bit like an eel and gets past you if he wants to,” said Walter. “He had managed to squeeze through the secure paddock and into an exterior area.”
Walter was extremely alarmed, as her dog “has an extreme terror of all humans,” she told the Echo, which manifests itself with him charging and barking at people and circling them.
Brieze began her search, but things went from bad to worse when the police told her that the dog had been seen on the M5 motorway — and he had been hit by a car.
“They told me that Brieze had been hit as he crossed the M5. They added that he had run off, but I believed that being hit at 70 mph would not be survivable,” she told the Echo. “I was inconsolable. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t think he would have run. I thought he would have stayed in the field.”
Walter spent the next four hours along the road, searching on foot and by car and heading into the surrounding farmland. There was no sign of Brieze.
Eighteen hours later, Walter got a call. Brieze had showed up at her mother’s house at five in the morning, barking out front. The dog had traveled 10 miles from where he disappeared.
“How he got to my parents’ house, I don’t know. He wouldn’t have had a clue how to get there, and every time I’ve gone there with him, I’ve done the journey in a car. He must have an in-built navigation system,” Walter said. “My mum just stood back from the door and he ran in.”
Walter said Brieze was “shattered” by the trip but has come through “quite well” after resting. She plans to get Brieze help with a dog behaviorist so he will be less spooked around people.
“I feel I’ve got to try and get him happy. He’s a lovely dog and we just want to cuddle him.”
Via the Gloucestershire Echo
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