Dogs and fireworks are a combination that go together about as well as Nickelback and listenable music, as one British pet owner learned last weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Buddy, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was so freaked out by the sound of fireworks in his Retford, England, neighborhood, that he seemed determined to get as far away as possible, according to a story in the Retford Times. He ran from his family’s home to the Retford Railway Station, strolled down the stairs and calmly boarded the 5:58 p.m. train to Sheffield.
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A passenger on the train kept an eye on the adventurous dog and, when the train reached its final destination, British Transport Police officers took him to a local shelter.
Meanwhile, 24 miles away in Retford, Buddy’s owner, Lauren Trenham, was freaking out. She posted about Buddy on Facebook and when a man said that he’d seen a dog matching Buddy’s description on the train, she thought he was kidding.
“I couldn’t believe he’d got on a train,” she told the Retford Times. “It’s like Paddington Bear.”
By the time Trenham got to Sheffield, the shelter that was keeping Buddy had closed for the night. Fortunately, she was reunited with the dog the next day.
The conductor of the train Buddy rode had only praise for Buddy in his comments to the Retford Times.
“He was a lovely dog, really friendly and great company,” Daniel, the conductor, said. “I’m so pleased he was reunited with his owner.”