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article imageVideo: Homesick pooch walks 500 miles to reunite with owner

By Greta McClain     Sep 5, 2012 in World
Myrtle Beach - Bucky, a 3-year-old Labrador, traveled from Winchester, VA. to Myrtle Beach, S.C.,a total of 500 miles, so he could be reunited with his owner, Mark Wessells.
In January, Wessells was forced to take Bucky to live with his dad in Virginia after the home Wessells was living in no longer allowed dogs, according to People Magazine. Bucky however was determined to return home and be reunited with his beloved owner. He disappeared shortly after arriving at Wessells' father's home. Wessells told WPDE News "I thought he was gone forever until today."
No one other than Bucky knows what adventures he encountered during his 500 mile trek to South Carolina. What is known is that two weeks ago Brett Gallagher saw Bucky wandering through the neighborhood and decided to take him in when Bucky and Gallager's lab, Hannah, seemed to get along. “Apparently the dog came up to them at 2 a.m. when Brett was out walking their dog. They were kind of scared at first, but he was friendly as can be. Brett put some weight on him. He was pretty emaciated when he first got him,” Grand Strand Animal Hospital employee Lexie Grant tells ABC News.
Gallagher checked craigslist and other local lost dog listings, but could not find anything matching Bucky's description. He decided to take Bucky to the vet for a check-up and Dr. Amanda Thomas found his microchip during the exam. The microchip provided Bucky’s real name and his owner’s phone number.
Approximately 8 months after Wessells said goodbye to Bucky, the two were reunited. Wessells told WPDE News "I thought I was going to cry, but I didn't. He definitely recognized me instantly. It's just crazy he made it down here on his own. You know it's like Homeward Bound is what I'm thinking."
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