When an animal shelter worker came home one night to find a large dog sitting on her porch, she was shocked upon realizing where she’d seen him before.

Just one day earlier, Abbey was tending to the needs of animals at Northwest Territories SPCA when she met a new dog named Ted.

Shy and unwilling to even go for a walk, Ted refused to budge…until Abbey used a different tactic: cheese-flavored bacon pieces.

As the half German shepherd, half Akita chowed down the treats, Abbey finished her work shift for the day.

Unbeknownst to her, Ted was about to do something that would shock everyone.

The following day, as she returned home from a second job, Abbey was surprised to see a large dog sitting on her porch.

Unsure if the animal was feral, she approached cautiously, and upon closer observation realized the shocking truth: Ted, the dog she’d only just met the day before at the animal shelter—recognizable by the small scar on his nose—had somehow escaped and found her!

“It’s just the weirdest, the most amazing thing that’s ever happened, ” said Abbey, “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.”

Indeed, it appears that Abbey’s cheese-flavored bacon treats had won over Ted’s heart and loyalty.

After managing to escape from his outdoor kennel, Ted navigated away from the animal shelter and towards Abbey’s home—through an airport, lakes, and large neighborhoods—more than 3 miles:

According to an expert on dog breeds, Cheryl Sandler, the most likely explanation for Ted’s incredible adventure is his genetic background: half German Shepherd, half Akita.

Akitas are known for bonding very closely to their single owner. Part of this is due to the fact that, over many generations, they were bred for hunting and tracking bears, giving them an incredibly keen nose.

For Abbey, it’s all too big a coincidence to overlook, saying, “It’s kind of put a new spin on my life…[Ted] still stays close enough and is always constantly looking back, staring at me.”

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When an animal shelter worker came home one night to find a large dog sitting on her porch, she was shocked upon realizing where she’d seen him before. Just one day earlier, Abbey was tending to the needs of animals at Northwest Territories SPCA when she met a new...

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