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6 Incredible Animal Journeys

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6 Incredible Animal Journeys


Cats and dogs are incredible creatures, and their habits and talents often little understood. How on earth could a dog travel thousands of miles across the country to find home? How did a cat, that had only ever lived indoors, figure out how to navigate 200 miles back home? Scientists are still unsure about how our pets can manage such incredible journeys. Is it their sense of smell? Is it that they pay attention to their surroundings and remember the way home? Is it because they have the natural skills to survive in the wild? Whatever the reason, click through to read all about some amazing animal journeys.

These successful reunions may be heart-warming, but there are likely other, unhappy stories of pets that couldn’t be identified. Moral of the story? Always have ID tags on your pets — you never know where they might end up!

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1. Holly, the Indoor Cat Who Traveled 200 Miles

Just recently, Holly the indoor cat ran away from her family’s R.V. some 200 miles away from their home in Florida. And, two months later, she showed up less than a mile from her home. Her journey was not an easy one — Holly was weak, she’d lost a lot of weight, and she was staggering. But she was alive, and she had navigated her way, almost certainly without the help of humans (otherwise, Holly probably would have been in better health), all the way home.

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2. Bobbie the Wonderdog

Of all the times for your beloved pet to wander off, being on a road trip thousands of miles from home is one of the least ideal situations. That’s what happened to Bobbie, who was separated from his family in Indiana, some 2,800 miles from his home. But don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! After his family gave up hope that they’d ever find him, they returned to their home in Silverton, Oregon, and, six months later, Bobbie showed up at their front door! Bobbie’s amazing journey made him a celebrity in 1923, and he even played himself in a silent film.

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3. Zander the Loyal Companion

Many pets have become famous for the distance they travel, but Zander the husky gets points for his unwavering devotion to his pet parent. When John Dolan was hospitalized in New York for a skin condition, his loyal pooch Zander was visibly distraught. This master escape artist snuck out of his home and traveled over 2 miles to find out where his beloved companion was. And he found him — nurses told Dolan that Zander was waiting outside of the doors of the hospital.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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12:46PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Animals rock!

12:30PM PDT on May 8, 2013

they are nothing if not dedicated

1:36PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Oh wow, pets are amazing...

8:53PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

great article

8:36AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Wow ! What amazing devotion these pets have to their owners ! To be able to track your human down while they are in a hospital , Wow is all I can say !

6:34PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Wow. I am so glad these animals made it safely.

8:51AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Amazing stuff!! OMG about Capitan....what a loyal beautiful Dog. Animals have senses that us Humans can only dream of...

10:45AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:08AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

What a great post, thank you.

2:41AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Excellant read.

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