WATCH: Three different lost pet groups try to find a missing dog in Greater Victoria but you’ll never guess where she turned up.Tess van Straaten has the heart-warming tale.
Mody Bossy and her dog, Bella, are the best of friends.
The six-year-old border collie-blue heeler cross is a high energy dog.
“She doesn’t like sitting still,” Mody laughs.
But no one knew just how far Bella would run, after bolting from Thetis Lake while out for a walk with Mody’s son on Sunday.
“She would never take off from me,” Mody explains. “But because she’s so good at fetching and playing, she lulls people into thinking that she’s gonna come back.”
It’s the third time Bella’s bolted, so at first Mody wasn’t too worried.
“I was optimistic at the beginning and when no calls came in, I was becoming more worried,” she says. “By Monday night, I was really depressed and trying not to show it.”
“Thetis Lake is always a worry because of the highway of course and then there’s all the back country and you have no idea which direction she’s going,” says Barb Mah of ROAM.
Mody had just moved to Esquimalt from the Jubilee area two months ago so they were worried Bella wouldn’t know where to go, but then a crucial tip came in.
“They lady said, ‘I just saw your dog cut across four lanes of traffic on Hillside!’ And I was like, oh my God, oh my God — I’m on my way!”
Mody knew it could only mean one thing — Bella was on her way to their old house.
“I rushed over and saw her right in front of my old house in the middle of the street and I opened the window and I’m screaming, ‘Bella, Bella!’ And then I thought, oh no I’d better pull over or the headline tomorrow will be: Woman finds lost dog and runs her over in joy!”
It was a 25 kilometre trek and Bella made it in just two days.
“I think it seems amazing to us but to a dog it’s just instinct,” Mah explains. “They just want to go home and she got home any way she could.”
Happily reunited, Bella will be on her leash from now on when anyone else walks her.