Dogs are a man’s best friend, and there have been stories to prove such statement, even stories have been written about their loyalty. But canine love makes hearts melt, and Pero the sheepdog is yet another testament to these animals’ love for their humans.
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Pero the sheepdog is a lovable black-and-white pooch who made an incredible 240-mile trek back home to his owner after he was handed to a farm for trial. He was taken to what was supposed to be his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, by a farmer named Alan James from Penrhyncoch, Wales, in March.
However, James received a phone call in April that Pero had gone missing and can’t be found. Twelve days later, the farmer was shocked to see his sheepdog when he opened the front door of his house.
The herder miraculously made his way home on a journey that averaged 20 miles a day. His owner shared, “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 is a mystery how he found his way here. We don’t know how he was fed or if he hitched a lift. But it was incredible when he turned up on a doorstep. We would love to solve the mystery of how he managed it.”
He and his wife, Shan, were both taken aback by Pero’s loyalty so they decided to take him in for good. “He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs.”
Speaking about their decision to let Pero go in the first place, Shan said, “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.”
She added, “It was a bit of a shock, and 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.”
The family believes that their dog could have also persuaded good Samaritans to feed him along the way as he didn’t seem malnourished. She shared, “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.”