Diligent Dog Travels 500 Miles Trying to Get Home

Sometimes time and space are irrelevant when it comes to the devotion that occurs between pets and their people.

Six months ago, Mark Wessells, drove his black lab mix Buck 500 miles away to his father's property in Winchester, VA. Buck needed to have a safe, spacious place to stay while Mark was temporarily unable to take care of his dog while relocating to another home in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. One week later, the dog disappeared. After a fruitless search, the Wessells concluded Buck had probably been stolen, since he is a beautiful, friendly dog.

Recently, Brett Gallagher found Buck in Bellegrove, a Carolina Forest, S.C., subdivision, about two weeks ago, not far from Myrtle Beach. He appeared to be a stray, and asked around if anyone was missing a this friendly, handsome dog. He decided to keep him as the charming dog and his yellow lab mix, Hannah, enjoyed playing together. When he got a chance, Gallagher took the dog to the vet for a checkup. After explaining the circumstances of his situation, they scanned for a microchip, which identified Buck and his owner.

When the vet tech asked the dog if his name was Buck, the dog wagged his tail furiously, having heard his name for the first time in six months. When a reunion was coordinated with Mark Wessells, the happiness was even more apparent. Buck was wriggling with absolute joy.

It's amazing to ponder what Buck went through in the last six months. He looked surprisingly healthy for a guy who had traveled 500 miles. Wessells certainly thought he'd never see his dog again.

This happy story reminds us of the importance of microchipping our pets. Even if a collar should become lost, this is an ideal way of ensuring our pets can be reunited with us. Shelters routinely scan animals that come in for identification, but those without this tool must go through the adoption process in hopes of finding a new home. Sadly, some animals, especially cats, never make it out due to overcrowding.

For more information on microchips, visit Home Again.

Photo courtesy of The Sun News.

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erin on September 4 at 1:07 PM said:

So glad Buck was able to be reunited with Mark. Glad he found good people to help him along on his journey. My Bruce is micro-chipped, I would go crazy if we were to become separated. I believe all animals should be micro-chipped to ensure safe return home.
Marilyn on September 4 at 4:24 PM said:

I have mixed feelings ... actually selfish ones ... I micro-chip all my pets, but if my current "love of my life" had been chipped, I would not have the pleasure of her company since she is a rescue who was not chipped.
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