If Jake the coonhound could talk, he would have an incredible tale to tell. He somehow managed to travel across the entire United States on his own, and was located 2,000 miles away from his family recently. It all began when a man named Adam Herbaugh took his two dogs for a walk in his hometown of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. He was walking with his dogs near the family home when he heard the jingling of a dog’s collar. When he turned around, he saw Jake. He jokingly asked the coonhound if he wanted to home come with him and the dog seemed to understand—and follow him all the way home.
Adam took Jake to his local animal hospital and the staff scanned him for a microchip. They got a hit. Jake had a microchip and it showed he had owners who lived 2,000 miles away in Phoenix, Arizona. The Companion Animal Hospital reached out to the A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue group to help Jake. Everyone was in disbelief that he was so far away from home.
As it turns out, Jake had been missing from the family home for over a year. Rescuers believe it’s possible Jake was transported across the country by a truck driver, but no one knows for certain how he ended up in Pennsylvania. Jake’s family missed him dearly, but because they had a newborn baby, they were unable to make the drive across the country to get him. So, the rescue group stepped in to help. Volunteers agreed to take legs of the trip to get him home, and reported that Jake was a very sweet and well trained dog.
Wearing his “Arizona or Bust” t-shirt, he happily went along for his cross country road trip. Volunteers signed his shirt after they completed their leg and even took selfies with him to commemorate the adventure. He finally was reunited with his family, who was so happy to see him—and happy they gave him a microchip to ensure his safe return home!