Dog reunited with family after airport escape

The dog apparently prefer to explore Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on its own.


Joker the dog had quite the vacation.

On Dec. 21, in the Summer of Burgos, Joker’s owner, flew him to Florida to stay with family while she trains in the Navy. When Burgos’ mother-in-law opened the chest at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the 2-year-old Canaan puppy immediately bolted past her.

For the next eight days, Joker wandered through the streets of a strange city. On christmas Eve, the Sun Sentinel reports that the Joker was spotted in the vicinity of stores in Fort Lauderdale.

Days later, approximately four kilometres from the airport, a group of neighbors in Dania Beach to find the Joker. With the information on the labels, they contacted Burgos.

After a check at the vet, Joker home again to be with of Burgos and on the family, the beginning of a new adventure.

“JOKER IS SAFE AND SOUND, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!!! I don’t think I ever really put into words how much it means that you all banded together and helped a complete stranger and her dog in distress,” Burgos wrote in Lost Dogs of Broward and Dade County Facebook group.

“My heart is so full, and when someone doubts that there are good people in the world, I will tell them about all of you, and this crazy unfortunate adventure,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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