Approximately 20 miles away in Prague, Oklahoma, she was given to a new owner after Cathleen the dog's family moved and were unable to keep her.
Six-year-old Cathleen, who has been with her family since she was a puppy, made the decision to take matters into her own hands since she missed them so much.
She stepped out of her brand-new yard last week and nonchalantly onto the street. On her way home, she was.
Animal control "noticed her traversing the neighborhood where she used to dwell," Seminole Humane Society treasurer Marta Mattingly told The Dodo. Although they didn't understand, she was definitely pining for her previous family.
How she completed the 20-mile walk safely is a mystery that only Cathleen knows. Despite being returned to her new owner, she tried it again a few days later because she was so desperate to see her family.
As she was being taken in, we essentially returned her to the location where her owners had given her, Mattingly recalled. WE THOUGHT SHE'D BE SAFER FINDING A MORE SECURE HOME A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY AFTER THE SECOND TIME,"
Cathleen was given the all-clear by the vet after being examined, and she was adopted right away. Applications for the shelter began to flood in as soon as she won the staff's affection.
"AFTER OUR LOCAL NEWS STATION BROADCAST A SEGMENT ON HER, WE STARTED GETTING CALLS FROM ALL OVER THE NATION. SHE'S AMAZING - REALLY QUIET, GREAT WITH OTHER DOGS, AND LOVES ALL HUMANS," MATTINGLY ADDED. She's a friendly, carefree woman.
Despite the fact that Cathleen was undoubtedly saddened by the loss of her previous owners, she already has a new family in mind who will offer her the affection she so well deserves and who will pick her up as soon as possible.
Cathleen will have the opportunity to interact with several young children and four dog siblings in Texas. She has acres of protected yard area to roam, which is very important.
Cathleen will have a good time there, Mattingly is positive.
According to MATTINGLY, "HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE READY TO DRIVE HUNDREDS OF MILES TO ADOPT HER WAS UNBELIEVABLE. There is only one Catherine, even though we had many excellent applications from all over. She finally located the ideal family.