Frightened by fireworks, a senior Patou escapes and remains untraceable for 14 months before bringing smiles to his humans

Senior dog found and returned to family more than a year after going on the run, reports Star Gazette.


Suzy Clark/Star Gazette

Suzy Clark and her husband own a farm where they raise alpacas, Woodhull in New York State. The family includes several canids, including a senior Pyrenean Mountain Dog called Brutus.

The latter had always been afraid of thunderstorms and sudden loud noises. On July 5, 2021, the day after Independence Day, a neighbor decided to set off fireworks. Panicked, the then 10-year-old Patou ran away, despite the one and a half meter high electrified fence surrounding the property.

For months, the clarktheir relatives and the inhabitants of Woodhull and the surrounding area tirelessly sought the canine. Social media alerts had been posted and motion detector cameras installed in various strategic locations, but all trace of the Brutus.

Until September 7, the day when a certain Jackie Bainbridge was driving nearAngelicaa locality located 25 kilometers from the farm of Suzy Clark. The driver saw a large dog sitting there on the side of the road, visibly disoriented and exhausted. Not knowing what to do, she posted photos of him on social media asking for help.

Illustration of the article: Frightened by fireworks, a senior Patou escapes and remains untraceable for 14 months before bringing smiles to his humans
Suzy Clark/Star Gazette

The local association Hornell Area Humane Society joined her to take charge of the canine. He was in bad shape, having lost much of his beautiful white coat and a lot of weight. It was also infested with fleas. ” At the time, we didn’t know it was Brutus. The power of social media brought him home », indicated Bethany Hurdvolunteer at the Humane Society.

The sister of Suzy Clark saw the association’s post about Brutus and immediately transferred the photos to him. The quadruped’s mistress could not believe it. The family went to the shelter the next day. She had trouble recognizing her dog, which 14 months of wandering had changed. He too struggled to remember his family.

A donut and a game to refresh his memory

Suzy Clark immediately had an idea. Brutus loved plain donuts, and she happened to have some on her. She gave him one and he accepted it. The dog’s gaze suddenly lit up, as if his past was beginning to flash through his mind.

Then the father-in-law Suzy Clark remembered a game he used to play with the Patou. He sat down on the floor and raised his hand asking Brutus to give him a “tope-là”. The dog complied by giving him a little kick. There was no longer any doubt at that moment; it was him!

After the tears of joy, it was back to the farm. At the shelter, Brutus had been bathed and treated for Lyme disease, fleas and wormed. He is still missing some hair and has trouble walking, but his condition has been improving day by day since he came home. He also regains his appetite.

Illustration of the article: Frightened by fireworks, a senior Patou escapes and remains untraceable for 14 months before bringing smiles to his humans
Suzy Clark/Star Gazette

We tell him he’s retired now as a watchdogsays its owner, but he still sits outside barking at the garbage collectors “.

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Illustration of the article: Frightened by fireworks, a senior Patou escapes and remains untraceable for 14 months before bringing smiles to his humans
Suzy Clark/Star Gazette

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