Dog Escapes Shelter To Find Woman Who Gave Him Treats

Ted walked more than 3 miles and miraculously found the woman's home; she promptly adopted him.

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Ted trekked more than 5 kilometers to find Abbey. Via Abbey Boyd/CBC News Canada
John Virata

A dog who escaped from a shelter in Yellowknife, Canada, trekked more than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) and found the home of the shelter worker who gave him a dog treat on their first meeting. Now, that shelter worker is in the process of adopting him.

Abbey Boyd works at the Yellowknife SPCA and was introduced to Ted, a German Shepherd-Akita mix. Boyd had trouble with the dog, as he wouldn’t let anyone walk him on his first day in the shelter.

“He was scared. It’s a very terrifying place, first off, for dogs and cats,” Boyd told CBC News Canada. “He wouldn’t let me take him. Nobody could walk him for a day.”

Ted escaped from the shelter he was in and found the woman who fed him cheese-flavored bacon strips. Via Abbey Boyd/CBC News Canada

Then Boyd did something that might have made a huge impression on Ted. She fed him a cheese-flavored bacon strip. Boyd apparently thought nothing of it and went home. The next morning she got up and went to work at the airport. When she returned home three hours later, a dog was on her deck, barking at her. Uneasy about having a strange dog on her deck, Abbey got the courage to walk past the animal, which proceeded to run past her and down the stairs. She then coaxed the dog into her home and noticed a small nick on the dog’s nose and realized it was Ted, the dog at the shelter.

She called the shelter and was told that Ted had broken out of his outdoor kennel and escaped through the chain-link fence.

But how did a dog who Boyd just briefly met find his way to Boyd’s home, a full 5.5 kilometers (3.41 miles) away? It is definitely a mystery that will most likely remain unsolved.

Ted would have had to walk through an industrial area where the shelter is located, past the Yellowknife airport where Boyd works, across some ponds and lakes and through several neighborhoods to find Boyd’s home.

Boyd though thinks that it is some other force that brought the dog and her together.

“It could be a complete coincidence, but I’m from Yellowknife. Everything’s a sign when it comes to animals,” Boyd told CBC News Canada. “I can’t ignore a sign like that. He showed up at my house, out of how many people [who] live here? All the dogs. All the smells. He chose my house. Where I am.”

Since that defining day, Boyd welcomed in Ted, and Ted hasn’t left her side.

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