German Shepherd Escapes Shelter To Track Down The Volunteer Who Fed Him Snacks

It’s often said that sometimes the animal chooses the person, rather than the other way around.  That is certainly what happened with Abbey and her new dog, Ted.

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Abbey and Ted met in January when while Abbey was working her shift at the SPCA.  Ted was brought in the day before, and he was very timid and quiet.  He only interacted with Abbey when she took him for a walk and fed him some cheese-flavored bacon.

She explains, “I had next to no contact with Ted during my shift at the SPCA. I left and went home.”

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The very next morning she woke up around 3 A.M. and headed to her job at the airport.  When she got home, there was a stray dog sitting at her door.

She was a little wary of the dog at first but approached him anyway. It took him awhile to get close to her, and when he did, she noticed a small nick on his nose, the very same one she had seen on Ted the day before.

“That’s when I realized that it had to be Ted,” she said.

She called the SPCA and confirmed that the dog in her house was indeed Ted.

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It is still a mystery as to how Ted knew how to get to Abbey’s house.  The shelter is 5.5 kilometers away from her home.  He would have had to pass an airport, several neighborhoods, ponds, and lakes to get to her exact house.

Abbey explains:

“It could be a complete coincidence, but I’m from Yellowknife. Everything’s a sign when it comes to animals. I can’t ignore a sign like that. He showed up at my house, out of how many people [that] live here? All the dogs. All the smells. He chose my house. Where I am.”

Abbey is currently in the process of adopting Ted and is looking for a temporary home for him since dogs are not permitted in her current apartment.

 “[I’m going to] build my bond with him that apparently, he senses more than I do. [He’s] literally sitting on a platter ready to be loved and taken care of. He’s coming with me.”

We hope they live a long and happy life together.


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