A blind rescue dog walked through 18 miles of frost over five days to be reunited with his previous owners.
The 12-year-old black mongrel called Gary was living in an animal shelter for four years after being found on the streets, until a volunteer from animal charity Paka dla Zwierzaka, in Gdansk, Poland, gave him a temporary home.
Gary became an instant his with his new family and their neighbours' kids only for a man to contact the charity three weeks later asking to adopt him.
Charity boss Marta Słodnik said: “A wonderful older gentleman chose to give Gary a permanent home, everyday walks and a happy retirement, so Gary moved to Żukowo.”
After just one day in his cosy and caring new home, Gary freed himself from his collar when told to hop into the car and made a run for it.
A massive search operation for Gary was launched with notices put up in local shops and online, The first News reports.
Słodnik said: “Over the next few days dozens of people were on the lookout for Gary in Żukowo.”
Gary was reported three days later to have been spotted five miles north of Żukowo in Banino before his temporary owners heard that he had been seen back in Gdynia, 18 miles from Żukowo.
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One of the children Gary had befriended kick started her own search and rescue mission with friends who eventually found him asleep in a local forest just yards from his old home of three weeks.
Słodnik said: “He walked almost 30 kilometres in frost for five days to return home.
“Gary chose his own family and we respect his decision. He is no longer available for adoption because he will stay with his temporary guardians forever.
“The man who adopted him also understands the situation and we will look for a new friend for him.”
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