April 20, 2008 in Nation/World

Wayward dog makes 80-mile mountain, desert trek home

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

ELY, Nev. – A dog that ran off during a road-trip rest stop apparently made her way nearly 80 miles across Nevada’s high desert and two mountain ranges to return home a week later.

Moon, a Siberian husky, was reunited April 14 with owner Doug Dashiell, who had last seen her April 6 near Railroad Valley, about 77 miles from his home in Ely.

Moon, who is nearly 2 years old, was no worse for the wear, with the exception of stinking like a skunk that apparently sprayed her somewhere along the journey.

“I’ve had trouble with her running away before. She’s always come home,” Dashiell said. But he didn’t expect her to show up after a week had passed.

“After seven days – no way,” he told the Ely Times for a story Thursday.

Then the White Pine Veterinary Clinic called Dashiell and told him Moon was back in town. She had wandered up to an Ely residence where Alvin Molea took her home, fed her and gave her a place to sleep.

Molea called the clinic because the dog was wearing one of its tags.

The dog’s journey would have taken her across the White River and Ward mountain ranges.

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