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6 Incredible Animal Journeys


4. Buck, Who Traveled 500 Miles to Find his Pet Parent

When Mark Wessells was moving, he decided to leave his beloved black labrador with his father some 500 miles away from his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But Buck had other plans – he wanted to stay with his pet parents. Buck escaped from the yard and the family was never able to find him. A few months later, a man found Buck wandering around a neighborhood back home in Myrtle Beach, and when he couldn’t find anyone to claim the dog, decided to keep him. He took him to the vet, who checked for a microchip. Buck was reunited with Wessells, and the rest is history!

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5. Emily, The Cat Who Traveled from Wisconsin to France

How did a cat cross an ocean? By wandering into a shipping container, of course. Emily wandered into a paper company’s distribution center near her hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin. The shipping container made stops in Chicago and Belgium before  making it to its final destination in Nancy, France. Workers there read her tags and called her vet back in the United States. Emily was eventually reunited with her family — and she even flew first class back home!

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6. Capitán, the Devoted Companion

You might need to break out the tissues for this one. Capitán the German Shepard was crushed when his human companion passed away in 2006. He even ran away from home, leaving the rest of the family behind. After searching high and low for the devastated pooch, the family finally found him: at his human companion’s grave site. Capitán had never been to the site, leading the family to believe that he found it by tracking the man’s scent. And, for the past six years, Capitán refused to budge.

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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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