With bleeding paws and a broken heart, an amazing dog makes an amazing journey over 125 miles trying to get back home to the owner who abandoned her, all the while avoiding bears and wolves.
She desperately wanted to get back home, so much so that she escaped a Trans-Siberian train that was taking her back to the kennels she was adopted from trying to get back to the owner who no longer wanted her.
Maru, a loyal 1-year-old Bullmastiff made an incredible journey of over 125 miles through the Siberian forest after she had managed to escape a train transporting her from Krasnoyarsk, back to where she was born in Novosibirsk.
Her owner reportedly no longer wanted her as she was allergic to her, and refused to have her around the house. Apparently, Maru was able to use her paws to open the wagon door, jumping from the train near Achinsk.
Staff on the train did their best to try and get her back but were not successful, as Maru fled the scene.
Not surprisingly her paws were in really bad shape after her lengthy trek through forest and tundra. She was found, exhausted in an industrial estate, close to where her former owner lived. It had only taken this faithfull dog two and a half days to get there.
The owner of the kennel in Novosibirsk, Alla Morozova, had also done her best to locate the dog. Even organizing a search party, and pleading for information on social media networks.
The poor pooch appeared to be crying when they eventually found her, she had fallen down an embankment near the railway line in Krasnoyarsk before she was located.
Somehow she had gone along the longest railway line in the world, The Trans-Siberian, and gone over 125 miles, making it back home!
Luckily neither bears ate her, nor wolves chewed her up. The dog was very tired. She was lame, her paws were broken. The pads on her feet were damaged. Her muzzle was broken. Alla told The Siberian Times :
Train staff told Alla that Maru had suffered a “panic attack” and was “frightened” of the noise of the train and being away from her home and her owners.
When the train stopped she “jumped on the compartment door, kicked the handle to open it and almost threw the conductor out of the way. She jumped out like a bullet. When the door opened to the platform, she jumped out into the night, into the taiga [swampy Siberian forest].”
Alla is convinced the dog would have made it the whole way back to her old home several miles away if it wasn’t for her injuries.
“I’m sure she was looking for her house,” she said. Dogs are very attached to people. She did not run to Novosibirsk, she wanted to go back to where she lived.”
She “went the right way”, even though “geographically she had no reference points”.
Alla also said she was “angry” that the owner who rejected Maru did not help in the search.
Maru has now been reunited with her biological mother and father at Alla’s kennels in Novosibirsk, after being driven the whole way back Alla’s friend Alyona Makhova, and is being treated for her injuries.