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Sheepdog makes incredible 12-day 240-mile journey back to his original owner

  • Four-year-old Pero was given to farm in Cockermouth, Cumbria for a trial
  • But around one month later the dog went missing while herding sheep
  • Farmer Alan James from Penrhyncoch, Wales, then saw dog on doorstep
  • The loyal pooch had travelled 240 miles in 12 days to get back to his owner 

Kate Samuelson For Mailonline

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Dogs are said to be man’s best and most loyal friend – and in the case of Pero the sheepdog, the old saying is certainly true.

The lovable black and white pooch made an incredible 240-mile journey back to his owner after he was handed over to another farm for a trial.

Pero was taken to his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, by farmer Alan James from the country village of Penrhyncoch, Wales, at the beginning of March.

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Black and white sheepdog Pero (pictured) was taken to his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, by farmer Alan James from the country village of Penrhyncoch, Wales, at the beginning of March

Black and white sheepdog Pero (pictured) was taken to his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, by farmer Alan James from the country village of Penrhyncoch, Wales, at the beginning of March

At the beginning of April, Pero went missing. Twelve days later Mr James was shocked when he opened the front door to find his missing sheepdog 200 miles away from where he was meant to be. Pictured: A map showing the distance Pero travelled to be back with his owner

At the beginning of April, Pero went missing. Twelve days later Mr James was shocked when he opened the front door to find his missing sheepdog 200 miles away from where he was meant to be. Pictured: A map showing the distance Pero travelled to be back with his owner

But on April 8, Mr James received a phone call to say that four-year-old Pero had gone missing while herding sheep, and was nowhere to be seen.

The homesick herder had miraculously navigated his way home on an epic journey that averaged 20 miles a day

The homesick herder had miraculously navigated his way home on an epic journey that averaged 20 miles a day

Twelve days later the father-of-five was shocked when he opened the front door to find his missing sheepdog 200 miles away from where he was meant to be.

The homesick herder had miraculously navigated his way home on an epic journey that averaged 20 miles a day.

Mr James, 54, said: ‘It was amazing but we have no idea how Pero did it. 

‘He must have a Sat-Nav in his brain.’

‘A sheepdog can go all day and cover a lot of ground. But it is a mystery how he found his way here.

‘We don’t know how he was fed or if he hitched a lift. 

‘But it was incredible when he turned up on a doorstep.’

He added: ‘We would love to solve the mystery of how he managed it.’

Mr James and his wife Shan, 47, were so taken aback by Pero’s loyalty that they decided to welcome him home for good.

Mrs James said: ‘He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs.

Mr James (pictured) and his wife Shan, 47, were so taken aback by Pero's loyalty that they decided to welcome him home for good

Mr James (pictured) and his wife Shan, 47, were so taken aback by Pero’s loyalty that they decided to welcome him home for good

Mrs James said: 'We would love to know if anyone along the route saw a mystery black and white sheepdog'

Mrs James said: ‘We would love to know if anyone along the route saw a mystery black and white sheepdog’

‘We have a lot of dogs and a friend knew the farmer in Cockermouth was looking for a dog that could round sheep and follow a quad bike.

‘We thought Pero would be ideal for the job. We let him go on a trial at the beginning of March.

‘We were then told that Pero had disappeared on April 8, and was nowhere to be seen.

‘But then last Wednesday evening my husband Alan went out to check on the animals after supper and there was Pero on our doorstep.

‘It was a bit of a shock, and the dog was going crazy after seeing Alan.

‘It’s a total mystery as to how Pero has managed to find his way back to us. We know that dogs can find their way home, but 240 miles is a long way to travel.’

Mrs James said she believes the black and white sheepdog must have somehow persuaded good Samaritans to feed him on his way home, as he didn’t appear to be malnourished.

She said: ‘When he came back, he wasn’t hungry or weak, so he must have managed to find food somewhere.

‘He must have stopped in places along the way.

‘We would love to know if anyone along the route saw a mystery black and white sheepdog. It is an amazing adventure – and we are very happy to have him home with us on the farm.’


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