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article imageTerrier found nearly 3,000 miles from home is homeward bound

By Greta McClain     Sep 19, 2014 in World
Tualatin - After traveling thousands of miles on a journey that resembles something out of a Walt Disney movie, a Pennsylvania dog is finally headed home to be reunited with her owner.
Gidget is a seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who went missing from her Huntingdon, Pennsylvania home in April of this year. Thinking the dog was lost forever, the owner was more than a little surprised to learn that Gidget had been found some five months later. Even more surprising was the revelation that Gidget was found in Tualatin, Oregon, approximately 2,700 miles from her Pennsylvania home.
Earlier this week, Gidget was seen wondering the streets of Tualatin, a suburb 13 miles outside of Portland. The good Samaritan who spotted Gidget believed she was a stray and took her to the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. After scanning for a microchip, rescuers learned that Gidget belonged to a Huntingdon woman. The owner, who has yet to be identified, could hardly believe Gidget had been found safe and sound. Shelia Farrin, a technician with the shelter, told Oregon Live:
"She was very surprised and excited. She was like 'I have no idea how she got all the way out there.'"
Animal Services Manager, Deborah Wood, told the Portland Tribune:
“It is an absolute mystery to everyone how little Gidget ended up here, nearly 3,000 miles from home. We are just thrilled that she was microchipped and that the owner’s information was current. We were able to tell Gidget’s family that she is safe.”
Although Gidget is five pounds lighter after her nearly five month cross-country adventure, she is otherwise in great shape. Although no one will probably ever know for sure how Gidget ended up in Oregon, shelter staff speculate she may have been found wondering and hitched a ride with another good Samaritan such as a trucker.
Wood says the owner obviously loves Gidget and wants to bring her home, however she has thus far been unable to afford the round trip ticket needed to fly to Oregon. According to KGW, the owner no longer needs to worry about the cost after a man notified the shelter on Wednesday that he would pay for all of Gidget's expenses.
Wood is thrilled that they now know Gidget and her owner will be reunited soon, saying:
"It's kind of like a Walt Disney movie. We're going to make sure it has a Walt Disney-like ending."
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