October 29, 2020

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    Pero, a four-year-old working sheepdog, appeared on his old owners’ doorstep a month after they sold him to another farmer. Pictured here with owners Alan and Shan’s granddaughter Annie May.

    A sheepdog had a 240-mile expedition to be reunited with his actual owners in Wales after apparently deciding that he didn’t wish to settle on a farm in Cumbria, where he had been sent out to work.

    Pero, a four-year-old working sheepdog, will now stay with his previous owners after showing up once again on their farm near Aberystwyth, a fortnight after making a break from Cockermouth on 8 April.

    Alan and Shan James had actually sent Pero off to assist out on the other farm in March, thinking that he would be ideal for the task of assembling sheep there. Seemingly nevertheless, the moving to England was not for the Welsh sheepdog, who deserted his work in a field earlier this month and started the journey back to his birthplace.

    “We ‘d been told that Pero had vanished, and was nowhere to be seen,” Shan James told the BBC from the family’s sheep farm in Penrhyn-coch.

    “However then, last Wednesday night, 20 April, my spouse Alan headed out to examine the animals after dinner and there was Pero on our doorstep. It was a little a shock, and the canine was going bananas after seeing Alan.”

    Eager to piece together the story of Pero’s adventures on the road, the household are now interested to understand if any members of the general public have had an unknown sheepdog smelling around for food at any point over the last two weeks.

    “When he came back, he had not been weak or hungry, so he has to have handled to find food somewhere. He probably stopped in locations along the way,” added James.


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