The first time that Ted the shelter dog met SPCA kennel worker Abbey Boyd, he decided that he was going to go home with her, and there was nothing anybody could do to stop him.
"[I'm going to] build my bond with him that apparently, he senses more than I do," Boyd told CBC. "[He's] literally sitting on a platter ready to be loved and taken care of. He's coming with me."
It all started in January, when Boyd, who works for the SPCA in Yellowknife, in Canada's Northwest Territories, first saw the 2-year-old pup, whom they believe is a German Shepherd-Akita mix.
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"He was scared," she explained. "It's a very terrifying place, first off, for dogs and cats."
At first, the pup didn't let anybody take him for a walk -- not even Boyd. But the shelter worker knew that, like humans, dogs can usually be won over with food, and she had a few tricks up her sleeves.
"I fed him cheese-flavored bacon strips to try to get him to love me," she recalled.
It worked better than she could have imagined, but she didn't know it yet.
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After giving the dog a few treats, Boyd went home without having any other interactions with Ted.
The woman had a normal evening and woke up early the next morning to head to her other job at the airport. When she came home a few hours later, she found a dog sitting in front of her home, barking at her.
She was cautious of the big dog, not knowing how he would react if she approached him. Eventually she worked up the courage to gradually lure the skittish stray to come near her. When they got close, she noticed that the familiar-looking pup had a little cut on his nose -- the same exact one that she had seen on Ted's the previous day. That's when she realized that Ted must have walked around three and a half miles to her home, past an airport, paved roads and lakes.
It seems impossible for Ted to have tracked down his friend at the shelter, but it's not. Every so often, dogs perform incredible feats by following their nose, like one stray pup in Russia who walked 200 miles in the freezing cold to find a woman who saved her life and nursed her to health after a car accident, according to BarkPost. And WPDE reports that a black lab named Bucky walked 500 miles to reunite with his owner after the two were separated.
As for Boyd and Ted? She said she is adopting the pup, even though it will require her to move to a new pet-friendly home.
"It could be a complete coincidence, but I'm from Yellowknife," Boyd told CBC. "Everything's a sign when it comes to animals. I can't ignore a sign like that. He showed up at my house, out of how many people [that] live here? All the dogs. All the smells. He chose my house. Where I am."