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Dog Walked Over 60 Miles Searching For The Family That Left Her Behind

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on December 26, 2023

A man named Mike received a job offer he couldn’t pass up. He and his wife prepared their family home, packing box after box, allocating what should go with them and what should be donated. Mike was confident that his wife would ensure their dog, Cleo, was ready for their journey. His wife, however, thought that the children were watching Cleo. These costly mistakes resulted in catastrophe. In the hustle and bustle and goodbyes to neighbors and friends, Cleo was forgotten. The poor pup was left behind as the family drove away.


As they drove off, they made a pit stop a few hours away. They gathered around to eat and that is when Mike’s wife asked, “Where is Cleo?” Realizing she wasn’t with them, panic set in. Mike jumped back into the car and raced back home. When he arrived, Mike searched inside the house and the backyard, but Cleo was nowhere to be found. Mike didn’t hesitate. He called local shelters and vet offices and made ‘missing Cleo’ posters.


Days turned to weeks and the phone didn’t ring. All the heartbroken family could do was wait. Meanwhile, the loyal dog had her own plan. She set out on a personal mission as soon as the family left the home. Cleo followed the car and moving van through rain and rough terrain with aching paws. She walked a whopping 62 miles to the new family home. When Cleo climbed onto the porch, everyone was in disbelief! Cleo had made the entire journey on foot using her skillful nose. A dog’s loyalty truly knows no bounds.

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