Scoop Saturday: Homeward Bound Movie Becomes Reality

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Cleo the Retriever
Photo Credit: KMBC-TV & AP News

A dog from Olathe, that went missing, showed up at her old home about 60 miles away […].

“Where did the dog come from?” said [Colton Michael’s wife].

The 4-year-old Labrador, named Cleo, feels right at home on the front porch. The only thing is, it’s not her front porch, anymore and hasn’t been for nearly two years. As it turns out, Cleo’s owners had posted on Facebook a week earlier about the missing dog. They couldn’t believe it when Michael called and said Cleo had walked home. “It’s the most bizarre story. Really, she’s everything to us and to my mother,” said Drew, Cleo’s owner. It is 57 miles door-to-door from Olathe to Lawson and neither family knows exactly how Cleo made the trip. “That’s a hike for anybody,” Michael said. “Now that we know who she belongs to, if she pops up again, we know who to call.”

Both said they may never know anything about her journey.

Alan Shope
July 16, 2020

Cleo The Dog Image Two
Photo Credit: KMBC-TV & AP News

A dog named Cleo, who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month, turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri […]. Colton Michael told television station KMBC that the 4-year-old Labrador [R]etriever-[Border Collie] mix showed up on the front porch of his family’s home in Lawson […]. “At first, she wouldn’t let anyone get near her,” said Michael, who has lived in the home for nearly two years. “She finds her way home and there’s some strangers living in it. That would be scary for anybody,” he said. Eventually, he was able to gain Cleo’s trust and to get her checked for a microchip, which showed that she belonged to the former owners of his house.

AP News
July 18, 2020

It’s a tale as old as time for any early ’90s child. An adventurous golden retriever worries that they will never see their home again, embarking on a treacherous wilderness journey to find their way back. Believe It or Not!, the plot of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey just turned from fiction to fact. [Both] parties are at a loss trying to explain Cleo’s long journey. [She] would have had to cross a river to make it back…just like in the movie!

July 24, 2020

11 thoughts on “Scoop Saturday: Homeward Bound Movie Becomes Reality

    Dayphoto said:
    July 25, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    I am so glad they found her—she found her old home, and the coyotes or those insane people who steal dogs as bait dogs didn’t get her!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 25, 2020 at 8:22 PM

      It is quite an accomplishment. I’m glad she is a safe doggie. There are many scary things put there.

        Dayphoto said:
        July 26, 2020 at 12:21 PM


    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    July 25, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    How scared that dog must have been to come “home” and her family wasn’t there. To remember that from two years ago is astounding. Glad Cleo is safe.

    bayphotosbydonna said:
    July 26, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    Amazing story with a happy ending! ❤

    The Conductor said:
    July 26, 2020 at 9:29 PM

    That’s one dedicated dog right there.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 27, 2020 at 12:55 AM

      Yes, she is. Amazing…

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