Our readers have recently been discussing their love of dogs in the Comment section. This incredible news story is for them.
The two questions you need to ask are these: First, is this fact or fiction? Second, if the story is true, can you explain how this dog manages to find his way home over a distance of 240 miles?
This is either a ‘psychic’ dog (pictured left) with weird paranormal powers or he has a phenomenally acute sense of smell. [LD]
Daily Mail, 25 April 2016
Dogs are said to be man’s best and most loyal friend — and in the case of Pero the sheepdog, the old saying is certainly true.
The lovable black and white pooch made an incredible 240-mile journey back to his owner after he was handed over to another farm for a trial.
Pero was taken to his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, far in the north of England, by farmer Alan James from the country village of Penrhyncoch, Wales, which is in the far south. This was at the beginning of March.
Black and white sheepdog Pero (pictured) was taken to his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria,
by farmer Alan James from the country village of Penrhyncoch, Wales, at the beginning of March.
At the beginning of April, Pero went missing at his new northern home. On April 8, Mr James received a phone call to say that four-year-old Pero had gone missing while herding sheep, and was nowhere to be seen.
Twelve days later, farmer Alan James was shocked when he opened his front door to find his missing sheepdog.
The dog had travelled over 200 miles across country to get back to his original home in the south of Wales. The homesick sheepdog had miraculously navigated his way home, over a variegated landscape of town and country, on an epic journey that averaged 20 miles a day.
How did he do it?
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Mr James, 54, said:
“It was amazing but we have no idea how Pero did it! He must have a Sat-Nav in his brain. A sheepdog can go all day and cover a lot of ground. But it’s a mystery how he found his way back home!
We don’t know how he was fed or if he hitched a lift.
But it was incredible when he turned up on our doorstep.
He added: ‘We would love to solve the mystery of how he managed it.”
Mr James and his wife Shan, 47, were so taken aback by Pero’s loyalty that they decided to welcome him home for good. Mrs James said: “He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs.”
Mrs James added:
“We would love to know if anyone along the route saw a mystery black and white sheepdog.
‘We have a lot of dogs and a friend knew the farmer in Cockermouth was looking for a dog that could round sheep and follow a quad bike.
We thought Pero would be ideal for the job. We let him go on a trial at the beginning of March.
We were then told that Pero had disappeared on April 8, and was nowhere to be seen.
But then last Wednesday evening my husband Alan went out to check on the animals after supper and there was Pero on our doorstep!
It was a bit of a shock. The dog was going crazy after seeing Alan.
It’s a total mystery as to how Pero has managed to find his way back to us. We know that dogs can find their way home, but 240 miles is a long way to travel!”
Mrs James said she believes the black and white sheepdog must have somehow persuaded good Samaritans to feed him on his way home, as he didn’t appear to be malnourished.
“When he came back, he wasn’t hungry or weak, so he must have managed to find food somewhere.
He must have stopped in places along the way.
We would love to know if anyone along the route saw a mystery black and white sheepdog. It is an amazing adventure — and we are very happy to have him home with us on the farm!”
MASTER AND DOG REUNITED!
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL!