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A 3-year old black Labrador named Bucky missed his owner so much, that he trekked 500 miles from Virginia to South Carolina to find him.
Last January, Bucky’s owner Mark Wessells had to make the unfortunate decision to give his beloved dog to his father in Virginia, as dogs were no longer allowed in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina home where he lived.
But, apparently Bucky wasn’t OK with the new living arrangements, and took it upon himself to get back home.
WPDE News Channel 15 reported,
Two weeks ago he was taken in by a family in Carolina Forest. The temporary owner brought him to Grand Strand Animal Hospital where they discovered a microchip. They called Wessells to let him know they had Bucky.
“I thought I was going to cry, but I didn’t. He definitely recognized me instantly,” he adds. “It’s just crazy he made it down here on his own. You know it’s like Homeward Bound is what I’m thinking.”
Exactly how Bucky managed to travel the 500 miles on his own remains a mystery.
Like any news story, there are a few lessons to be learned through Bucky’s adventure. First, microchip your dogs. Microchipping is the best way to ensure that if your dog is lost, you can be reunited. And second, a dog is a lifelong commitment. While most dogs wouldn’t make the trip that Bucky made, we certainly wish Mark had considered his dog when planning his own living arrangements. Bucky is lucky to have survived such a long trip on his own.