Last Updated on May 7, 2023 by Pets Feed
Dogs never cease to amaze with their great abilities to orient themselves, they are able to guide themselves through different places using their senses, Cooper a rescued canine who shocked the UK after traveling over 64 kilometers for 27 days to return to the family that abandoned him.
The golden retriever had been missing for almost a month, during which time he was walking through forests and roads on his way from north Dungannon to Tobermor in County Londonderry, according to information from the British newspaper Daily Mail.
The Charity Lost Paws Northern Ireland organization claimed that Cooper’s instinct led him to make this journey without needing a human by his side. Nigel Fleming, Dungannon’s photographer and the dog’s new owner, told the British newspaper he couldn’t believe what was happening.
Disappeared at the beginning of April
Cooper’s journey back to his former owners began the first week of April, according to Nigel he disappeared after getting out of the car and started running terrified. The dog was adopted from one of the local kennels and it was thought at the time that he would make a great companion for Molly, her golden retriever.
In an interview for digital media outlet BelfastLive, Mr Fleming explained that he had tried to chase his pet, but suddenly lost sight of it and it was already impossible to find it, he therefore decided to launch the search on social networks.
“It was a disaster. The poor boy had no idea where he was and he was in the wind. I tried to chase him away, but he disappeared in an instant, so the search began,” he said in the same interview.
Nigel commented that the search for his pet was day and night, starting from the point where he escaped and in the end, he realized he had reached the house of his previous owners. The mere fact that he had come all this way surprised the owner of Cooper.
“It seems unbelievable that he could have done this, but dogs are amazing and that’s why we work so hard to help them every day,” a Lost Paws NI spokesperson said. “We are absolutely thrilled to have been part of his rescue and a story that will live on in his family for generations to come,” the pet shelter worker added.
According to information from the British newspaper The Mirror, after several weeks of research, a person reported the observation of a canine very similar to Cooper.M. Flemming commented that this call restored his faith in humanity, since he thought he would never go back to seeing your pet.
After reuniting with his family, Cooper eats small doses to regain the strength and weight he slowly lost during his long journey. Flemming explained that he was already taking steps to prevent the dog from escaping again.
“I hope he’s home now for good, but I’ve taken a few extra precautions. Today with him here by my side and with Molly, I really have no words to explain the gratitude that I feel”, concluded the boss of Cooper about this whole affair which mobilized part of the community of Dungannon.
The Lost Paws NI Facebook post garnered more than 1,800 reactions and 362 comments. Users who knew about the dog’s story thanked the organization for knowing about the animal.
Images: Facebook / Lost Paws NI
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