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Sheepdog’s long journey home

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 09.37.27A HOMESICK sheepdog made an incredible 240-mile journey back home in just 12 days after running away from his new farmhouse.

Farmer Alan James was amazed when four-year-old Pero appeared on his doorstep after he was given to another farm more than 200 miles away.

Pero’s real-life ‘Lassie Come Home’ adventure began when he ran off from his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, to make the cross country trek to the country village of Penrhyncoch, near Aberystwyth.

Father-of-five Alan, 54, said: “It was amazing but we have no idea how he did it. He must have a Sat-Nav in his brain.”

Pero is one of 15 sheepdogs on the family farm – but was given as a trial to another farm in Cumbria to see how it worked out.

But the homesick pooch ran off from his new home in Cockermouth while out herding sheep.

It is a mystery how he used his apparent homing instinct to navigate his way back to Wales – a journey which took 12 days at an average of 20 miles a day.

Alan said: “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.

“We would love to solve the mystery of how he managed it.”

Wife Shan, 47, told how they were so taken aback by Pero’s loyalty they’ve decided to welcome him back home for good.

She said: “He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs.

“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 had seen 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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