Dogs love their owners unconditionally, even after being abandoned.
Case in point: A dog named Cathleen walked almost 40 miles to find her previous owners, who could no longer take care of her.
The family moved to a new home in Seminole, Oklahoma, and had to give up their 6-year-old Great Pyrenees mix, NBC affiliate WSMV reports.
Another family located in the neighboring town of Prague agreed to foster the pup until the local animal shelter found a new home for her. However, Cathleen was having none of this. She escaped from the Prague home and walked 20 miles to Seminole to find her family. She attempted the long trek twice, but she was returned to Prague each time.
“Her heart wants to be with them,” the Seminole Humane Society wrote on its Facebook page, adding the family loved her “very much.”
It shouldn’t be long before Cathleen finds another loving forever home, however, as the shelter said many people have turned in applications to adopt her, and staff members are working diligently to get her paired with the perfect fit.
"She's very sweet. Very calm and docile. Friendly,” reserve animal control officer Lynzi Thompson told KOCO. “She wants to be everyone's friend. She's a love bug. Give her a chance. She may seem shy at first but will open up to you definitely."
While Cathleen's pain of missing her family is heartbreaking, her perseverance to find them sheds light on the often forgotten fact that pets are living beings with very real feelings, much like people, and it's important to be sensitive and aware of their emotional wellbeing.
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