Dog Runs To Boarding Facility

He took off for his home away from home
By Karen B. London PhD, May 2019, Updated June 2021
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Happy Tails Pet Hotel and Playland in Missouri recently received the best testimonial ever from a satisfied customer when a dog named Hugo showed up for an unplanned visit. He boards regularly at the facility and apparently loves it so much he decided to run away from home in order to pop in and say hello to his friends there.

Hugo’s journey to Happy Tails is not along a safe route, but luckily he survived. It is only a mile away from home, but involves crossing a busy road. Upon reaching his destination, Hugo ran across the parking lot and followed an employee through the front door.

The staff were quite pleased to see him and relieved that he was not hurt. A statement from Happy Tails urged Hugo to have his dad drive him next time.

Does your dog enjoy any place as much as Hugo clearly adores Happy Tails?

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Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral issues, including aggression. Karen writes the animal column for the Arizona Daily Sun and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of six books about canine training and behavior, including her most recent, Treat Everyone Like a Dog: How a Dog Trainer’s World View Can Improve Your Life