Dogs are often smarter than we think, and they sometimes surprise us in ways we don’t expect. When Rajah the 18-month-old pup was spooked by fireworks, she ran as far from home as possible. Her family worried about her for over seven hours, fearing that they’d never find her.
Yet, Rajah surprised her family with a human-like action. After a day of crazy adventures, Rajah knew it was time to return home. She rang the doorbell of her own home, excited to tell her family all about her exciting day of exploring.
An Unexpected Adventure
Ryan Washick and Mary Lynn Whitacre were panicked when they lost Raja. The pup was resting peacefully in the yard until she heard the scariest noise of her life. Their neighbors set off fireworks, sending Rajah racing away. Somehow, she scaled the family’s fence at 5 p.m. and made a run for it. Luckily, their other dog stayed put.
Rajah is a fast pup, so she was nowhere to be seen. Ryan and Mary Lynn gathered friends and family to help them with the search. They drove around the area and even walked over six miles on foot. Yet, their night of searching was fruitless.
“Ryan and I were freaking out and we felt really helpless,” said Mary Lynn.
So, the couple went to bed with broken hearts. It was one of the scariest nights of their lives, but it looked like there was nothing they could do. However, after going to bed, the unthinkable happened. Someone approached their door and rang the doorbell. It was someone who knew their home better than anyone.
Don’t Underestimate Dogs
Ryan said he heard scratching on the front door at about 3 a.m. Then, the doorbell rang and the camera picked up footage of a dog ringing the doorbell with their nose. Rajah was home! She knew exactly what to do in the situation, which was shocking to both Ryan and Mary Lynn.
“I don’t even know how she knew how to do that, I’ve never shown her how,” Mary Lynn said. “She doesn’t go out in the front yard, except to the car, so she’s never seen us use the doorbell.”
When they let Rajah inside, they said she cowered as if she was afraid she’d be in trouble. So, her parents assured her that they weren’t mad at all. They’re just happy that she’s back safe and sound. It seemed like Rajah had quite the exciting adventure without her family though.
“She had thorns on her and seemed to have rolled in poop,” Mary Lynn said. “So, it seems like she had a great time.”
We never know when our dogs will surprise us. After all, the family explained that they’d only lived in their current home for about a month. So, that proves sweet Rajah really is a genius!