Bobbie the Wonder Dog (1921–1927) was a dog who covered 2,551 miles (4,105 km) on his own to return home to Silverton, Oregon after he was lost while his owners were visiting family in Wolcott, Indiana. Ripley's estimated the journey may have been as long as 3,000 miles (4,800 km).
In August 1923, Frank and Elizabeth Brazier, with their daughters Leona and Nova, were visiting relatives in Wolcott, Indiana. Their two-year-old Scotch Collie/English Shepherd mix dog Bobbie was attacked by three other dogs and ran away. After an exhaustive search, the heartbroken Brazier family were unable to find Bobbie and continued their trip before returning home to Oregon, expecting never to see their dog again.
In February 1924, six months later, Bobbie returned to Silverton mangy, dirty, and scrawny, with his toenails worn down to nothing. He showed all the signs of having walked the entire distance, including swimming rivers and crossing the Continental Divide during the coldest part of winter.
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List of other famous dogs.
My dog is a black American Akita, looking a lot like the famous, Hachikō, (who is pictured in the very interesting list above), for which a movie was made, Hachi. (Strangely, many people in this city, in which I live, are crazy over this movie).
Aside from the Siberian Husky and psychic Malamute, I have lived with several other dogs. One dog was renowned for climbing up park slides - up the steps, along with the kids - and then sliding down, while everyone laughed and clapped. He was an amazement, and he loved doing this. He finally ran away, partly because my family was strange. Possibly, this dog assumed my own will to flee. So it goes. Kinda the opposite of the Bobbie story.
- Hachikō, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a statue in Tokyo. Hachikō is famous for his loyalty to his long dead master Hidesaburō Ueno, by returning to the train station and waiting for his return, every day for the next nine years during the time the train was scheduled to arrive.