Dodging the tons of fast-moving debris that used to be the town of Sendai, Shane paddled like an Olympic hero through the tsunami floodwater in search of Kamata. Nobody knows how he did it, whether he had a remarkable sensitivity to his master's scent or some kind of mutant canine sixth sense, but after hours of swimming, he made it all the way to the same evacuation center where Kamata was holed up.
Shane arrived at the shelter looking like he'd been through a doggy war, throwing up flood water and suffering from cuts and bruises, but thanks to the help of some vets, he made a full recovery.
If there's any justice in the world, Shane ended that night with a Milk-Bone the size of a Honda.
Bobbie the Dog's Amazing Journey
Imagine that you woke up tomorrow naked, hungry and 2,550 miles from your home. You have no money, you don't know where you are and you can't speak, obviously, because you are a dog (we forgot to mention earlier the part where you are a dog). The only option you have is to find your way back on foot, killing and eating whatever you can catch along the way. And that is exactly the story of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, a state hero of Oregon, who went from an everyday mutt to one of the most famous dogs in history after one amazing, Disney-worthy journey.
From The Stars
Above: Oregon's only state hero that isn't a beer.
In 1924, Bobbie's family took a trip to Indiana, six states away from their home in Oregon, where they somehow misplaced their beloved pet. If you don't have a map in front of you, let's just say that the dog was about 75 percent of the length of the USA away from his owners.
So imagine their surprise when, six months later, Bobbie showed up again on their doorstep, probably more than a little pissed off that he had been made to walk 10 percent of the diameter of the planet to get home.
His trek has gone down in dog history as the Greatest Walk of All Time.
And while nobody knows the exact details of how he got there, his owners did note that after he returned home he would eat nothing but raw meat, which says a lot about the Rambo-like nature of his ordeal. And he was wearing a different collar, which meant that someone else at some point had tried to take him in, only to have him run away to continue his faithful journey.
When the Oregon Humane Society got wind of Bobbie's story, they naturally called bullshit on such an absurdly Pixar-like series of adventures. However, after an investigation, they were forced to conclude that, yes, Bobbie's trek totally happened. Now forever dubbed "Bobbie the Wonder Dog," he was visited by more than 40,000 people, was given keys to cities, medals and jewel-studded collars and even got a silent movie made about him -- where he played himself.
The Oregon Encyclopedia
His film career lead to a disastrous coke addiction, but that's a story for another day.
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