Pero the sheepdog just made an incredible journey to get back home.
A working farm dog from Wales, Pero is a handsome black-and-white fellow who spends his days herding sheep. His owner, Alan James, had taken him to a new home in Cumbria, in northern England, to work on a farm there.
The family has 15 dogs working on their farm, and had heard that another farmer needed help from a herding dog. James explains, “We have a lot of dogs and friend knew the farmer [in Cumbria] was looking for a dog that could round sheep…We thought Pero would be ideal for the job.”
James took Pero to the new farm in March, as a trial run. He was shocked to open his door 12 days later and find Pero on his doorstep—over 200 miles from where he’d been taken!
James and his wife are still mystified about Pero’s journey.
He’d been told that Pero had disappeared from his new home on April 8, but there had been no leads as to his whereabouts. James and his wife are still mystified about Pero’s journey. The couple would love to know “if anyone along the route saw a mystery black-and-white sheepdog.”
Pero appeared home in good shape—not hungry, weak, or injured. The couple were amazed and relieved to see him, and touched by his devotion. Pero will be staying home with them from now on.
“He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs.”
“He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs,” James’ wife, Shan, reports.
Sheepdogs work hard, have great stamina, and can cover a lot of ground in a single day. But even so, 240 miles is a very long way to go! He would have had to average 20 miles a day on highways, hilly terrain, and through unfamiliar towns.
Pero is living proof that a dog’s loyalty is one of the greatest forces on earth.