Originally posted on Pet Pardons News
When Bucky the 3-year-old black Labrador was forced to move to a new home because his owner was not allowed to keep him, Bucky knew that the 500 miles between him and his owner were not going to keep them apart.
Bucky miraculously snuck away from his new home and ended up walking all the way from Virginia to Myrtle Beach, S.C. just to be with Mark Wessles, the owner he loves – that’s nearly 500 miles.
Wessells told TV station WPDE “I thought I was going to cry, but I didn’t. He definitely recognized me instantly,” he said “It’s just crazy he made it down here on his own. You know it’s like homeward bound is what I’m thinking.”
Wessells was forced to move Bucky into the care of his father after dogs were banned from where he lives in Myrtle Beach this past January. A difficult decision to make, but unlike most dogs Bucky was placed in a loving home rather than being left to fend for himself in an unfamiliar shelter.
Bucky was helped along the way by a good samaritan named Brett Gallagher who spotted him during an early morning walk, and after hitting it off with his dog Hannah, Gallagher took Bucky in. Over the course of two weeks, Gallagher helped Bucky gain some weight back and scoured the Internet on sites such as Craigslist to try and find his owner.
It was during a routine vet visit with Bucky, that veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Thomas noticed that Bucky had a microchip in his ear that contained the name and phone number of his owner Mark Wessles, and when he was called it became clear that Bucky was at the veterinarian hospital in his neighbourhood.
When the vet learned Bucky’s real name and called him by, there was an immediate reaction.
“He was going nuts when the vet called him by his real name. His ears went right up,” Gallagher told ABC News.
Bucky is now having a brief visit with his owner, and is said to be having a great time “soaking up” all the smells of his former home and spending some time with the dad he was missing.
This article was written by Pet Pardons Managing Editor – Jeromie Williams, who is also the host of the Pet Pardons News Radio show on Blog Talk Radio.