When Donna Adams heard about the death of a family member earlier last month, she and her family immediately prepared to leave their Rankin Inlet, Canada home and head to Whale Cove, some 74km south. Unfortunately, flights got canceled the following day, so they planned to get there by snowmobile instead.
As they got ready to depart, they noticed that their ten-year-old German shepherd named Pepper was acting up. It seemed like the dog wanted to come with them on their trip. Donna found this quite odd since the senior pup typically spent her days sleeping and staying inside.
When Pepper didn’t stop insisting on going with them, the family realized that she might have sensed their grief and wanted to comfort them during that difficult time. But, unfortunately, she couldn’t travel with them, so she had to stay behind with the Adams’ youngest daughter.
The next day, the daughter eventually flew to Whale Cove, too, leaving Pepper at home. The senior dog wasn’t alone for too long, though, as Donna’s husband, Willie, and their eldest son immediately returned a day after the funeral. However, when they got home, they were surprised to discover that Pepper was gone.
They tried looking around their neighborhood but failed to find the runaway dog. Although saddened by the news, Donna and her family had so much going on that searching for Pepper didn’t become a priority. They eventually accepted that she wouldn’t be coming back, especially since it was wolf hunting season.
Meanwhile, Donna, her granddaughter, and her youngest daughter stayed in Whale Cove to spend time with their family for a week. They had been there for a couple of days when a local named Molly Okalik texted them a picture of a German shepherd wandering the remote community.
Donna and her daughter knew that it might have been Pepper, so they immediately drove around town to find the dog. When they saw her, Pepper recognized them right away and even jumped into Donna’s arms. She clearly lost weight during her 74-kilometer journey, but she seemed happy to reunite with her humans.
The Adams still find it mysterious how the canine managed to track them down in a distant location she had never been to before. Nonetheless, they were just as delighted to see Pepper again. Look at the German shepherd’s reunion with her family here.
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