Dog Reunited With Family After 700-Mile Journey
'Bear' somehow made it from Sacramento to Tacoma in two days
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2011 12:27 PM CST
A Patterdale terrier, but not the one that went missing.   (©Billy G Davieson)

(Newser) – Sounds like something out of a movie: A dog was reunited with his Sacramento, California, owner yesterday after he disappeared and was found two days later … in Tacoma, Washington. Bear, a 2-year-old Patterdale terrier, is only 20 pounds and 15 inches tall, and it’s unclear how he made the 740-mile journey—his family, on the other hand, had to make the trip by car to pick him up. He was last seen at the family construction business where his owner works before turning up in a Tacoma neighborhood, the Los Angeles Times reports; a microchip allowed the Humane Society to confirm the dog’s identity.

One possibility? Bear was stolen—his collar and tag were missing—the owner’s father theorizes: “Somebody wanted him and was planning on keeping him. There’s no way he got from there to here on his own. He had to have help. I know he didn’t walk up here.”