Like most dogs whose homes are situated on large plots of land, one New Zealand dog regularly went off exploring through the farmland around his home for hours at a time.
But as Louie, a sheepdog rescued from a shelter when he was just a puppy, got older, his excursions got shorter and shorter. Now that Louie is 12 years old, he chooses to stay close to home and hardly ever goes out exploring anymore, which is why his family was so worried when he recently disappeared and didn’t return home.
“My mother was a little grumpy as she had thought he had stopped his wandering,” said Marolyn Diver, whose parents own Louise. “We worried he might forget where his home was.” But thankfully, Louie turned up at the house a few hours later. “He looked so exhausted and had basically just collapsed,” Marolyn said. “We were concerned someone might have hurt him. But then they realized there was a note attached to Louie’s collar. “After reading the note I felt complete and utter relief, then my heart melted.”
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[Featured image: Marolyn Diver]