Border Terrier Makes Incredible Journey 100 Miles Across Switzerland


Lucky was left in kennels in Bern but escaped and made her way to Lake Geneva before being found and traced to owners

An escaped border terrier named Lucky made an epic 100-mile journey across Switzerland on the eve of the country’s national holiday, according to local media reports.

Her owners had left her in kennels in the region of Bern, but the 14-year-old dog broke out on Monday evening. The following morning she turned up in Geneva 160 kilometres (100 miles) away, the RTS public broadcaster reported.

“There was a hole in the fence [at the kennel],” Lucky’s owner, Jennifer Wagner, told RTS.

The dog was found near Lake Geneva on the morning of 1 August, as a sprinkling of fireworks began the celebrations for the Swiss national holiday. A Geneva resident spotted the animal on the side of a road and alerted the authorities, RTS said.

Since Lucky was microchipped, police swiftly tracked down her owners, who were in Berlin frantically awaiting news. Besides a few ticks in her coat, Lucky did not appear to have been hurt during her journey.

“I feel lucky that she is healthy, and did not die, and was not injured,” Wagner told RTS. “It was a big fright for us.”

Wagner thinks her dog had a little help for her epic journey. She believes someone must have picked up the very friendly dog and driven her to Geneva.

“I don’t think it is possible she ran [the whole way]. It is 160 kilometres,” she said. “That is impossible for a dog in such a short time.”

Source : The Guardian