A dog from Minnesota totally Homeward Bound-ed its owner.
Minneapolis native John Lundquist has shared his dog's journey on Facebook since she disappeared on a camping trip in the Boundary Waters back in late September. Lindsey, an Australian cattle dog mix, had gotten startled by thunder and bolted off.
Lundquist searched for Lindsey for two days, but eventually had to return home to Minneapolis, where he pleaded with internet strangers to keep an eye out for his dog.
"I camped for two days until my food ran out looking for her but to no avail," Lundquist said in his first post. "If you know anyone who is going to be near Basswood Falls in the near future, please pass this on and have them contact me."
Nearly two weeks later, he posted an update saying Lindsey had been found in the BWCAW by some campers, and that they were taking her to their home in Ely. Lundquist made plans to pick his dog up in the morning.
But Lindsey had other plans – and somehow escaped from the person in Ely who was keeping her for the night.
"I can't win," Lundquist wrote. "She is loose somewhere near Ely and hopefully OK. It just gets surreal..."
Another 12 days went by, and Lundquist shared a hopeful update, saying Lindsey had been consistently spotted in the same area of Ely. But one woman who'd seen Lindsey didn't have promising news, he told WCCO.
“She had seen my dog running across the highway late at night with a wolf chasing her and at that point, I thought maybe that’s the end of the story now,” Lundquist told the station.
Lost dog group shares tips
By this time, Lundquist's Facebook posts about his lost dog had been shared thousands of times and caught the attention of The Retrievers, a volunteer lost dog team.
The Retrievers have mastered the art of finding lost dogs. The group shared detailed instructions about how they trap dogs, and asked people who spotted Lindsey not to chase or approach her, but just to call Lundquist with any sightings.
"Most lost dogs quickly go into survival mode and then they do not act like the family pet who will respond to a name or come when called. In fact, they most often will behave the opposite and run faster and further seeking safety," one volunteer wrote in a post.
The Retrievers continuously baited Lindsey with food, eventually capturing her in a trap on October 25.
The next day, she was home.
No one knows how the city dog survived a month in the Boundary Waters.
Lundquist told WCCO Lindsay was checked out by a vet. She lost about a fourth of her body weight and is being treated for Lyme disease.