A canine adventurer took a 100-mile cab ride with a family of tourists after getting separated from their owners on a hike.
Three-year-old Cavapoo Ralph went missing while his owner, 28-year-old Georgia Crewe, took him to a beauty salon on Monday morning (February 13). While Georgia was looking for her puppy, Ralph decided to go to Manchester airport after jumping out of the open door of a taxi.
Georgia said the driver had stopped to pick up a family near Wrexham, North Wales, when the mischievous dog dared to escape. When the taxi driver noticed Ralph, he couldn’t detect any identifying marks and couldn’t communicate with anyone, so he decided the best course of action was to take him along for the ride.
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After the transfer to the airport, the driver took Ralph to his home in Mold, Flintshire, and went to find his owners. Just a few hours later, Georgia received a phone call from a friend of the driver who had seen her at an appeal on social media.
She said: “He’s never done anything like this before. And he didn’t even care. He really impressed me that he had the sense to get in the cab. He loves people and is not afraid of anyone. So he jumped. The taxi driver did not know what to do. He had to make a run at the airport. So she decided to take him with him.
“I was worried that he would try to get home and try to cross the street and the worst would happen. But he had the common sense to find safety, and it’s amazing to have him back.”
She added: “We always get up early in the morning and go for a walk. It was dark. He is normally very good on his walks. But I turned around and he wasn’t there.
“At that point in the quarry, where we were walking, I could choose four different directions to go. So I chose our normal address, but he didn’t show up.
“We spent the next three hours walking and looking for him. We had friends and locals looking for him, but he was nowhere to be found.”
Georgia wrote an appeal on Facebook with her photos to alert the local population of her disappearance. Luckily, she received a phone call four hours later from a woman named Becky who said that she had been on a 100-mile ride to Manchester airport in her friend’s taxi.
She said: “At 9am, we received a phone call because someone had seen my post on Facebook. It was Becky. She told me what happened. Ralph had been walking in the direction of home. It was evident that he was cold, and a taxi pulled up to pick up a family heading to the airport on vacation.
“The taxi driver tried to keep him warm and the people going to the airport were very friendly. He had dropped the family off at the airport and then the taxi driver returned to his house, which is in Mold. His friend Becky went on Facebook and called us.”
After picking him up, he made sure to fit an identifiable collar and a tracking device on him to make sure he didn’t disappear again. She added: “She had a new necklace and I didn’t have the details on her. But now she has it, and also an Apple air tag.”