Dog Turned Away After Walking 30 Miles Home

A dog that walked 30 miles home and is turned away finds a new owner.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: August 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m. EDT

In 2012, a black Labrador saw her owner die. Unwanted by friends and relatives, she was placed in a Sedan, Kansas shelter.

Happily, a family adopted her, and it appeared that her remaining years would be good ones. However, her alleged roughness with their puppy and trouble becoming friends with smaller dogs led the family to give her up. Once again, Lady was back at the shelter.

When an Independence, Kansas woman came to adopt her, the shelter had high hopes that Lady’s plight for a final forever home was over. Sadly, it was not. Lady wanted the family she had grown to love, and walked 30 miles back to their home in Sedan. It was an act of love and devotion we often see in dogs, which made it even more heartbreaking to me when the family refused to take her back.



How could anyone turn away a gorgeous black Lab, one who wanted to be with them so badly that she braved a journey that very well could have brought harm to the aging pet?

I was not the only one who felt that way. Lady’s story went viral and the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter received numerous calls from dog lovers looking to adopt her.

One such dog lover was Helen Rich Rosburg, Wrigley Gum heiress. Rosburg is notorious for her love of and help toward abandoned and neglected animals. She keeps over 300 of them on a 120-acre farm in Odessa, Florida. A trainer lives on-site and the animals are taken care of by 15 staff members. She also helped a Marine keep his dogs by chartering a private plane to transport them to him.

When she heard Lady’s story, Rosburg immediately sent for her, vowing to pamper Lady, who will live with Rosburg in her home.

Hopefully Lady’s plight is over and she has found a forever home to spend her remaining days.

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