Forgotten dog left at petrol station in China spends almost a MONTH walking 37 miles home

A DOG which was forgotten at a petrol station spent almost a month walking 37 miles back home.

The family of the 7-year-old named Dou Dou accidentally left the pet at a petrol station when they stopped on a motorway in China.

According to Qianjiang Evening News, the dog's owner Mr Qiu and his family went to visit other relatives in the countryside from the city of Hangzhou.

Approximately 37 miles from their home, they stopped at the Tong Lu Service Station, believing the dog was still in the car.

However, when they arrived at the countryside, they discovered that their pet was missing.

They then rushed back to the service station in search of Dou Dou but gave up hope when he was nowhere to be found.

Mr Qiu said: "(We) hoped it would survive and find a good-hearted person who would adopt it.

The family however, received a shock when after 26 days they found their tired pet at their front door.

The dog had become dirty and looked like a stray dog after the remarkable journey it had embarked on, according to Mr Qiu.

"Apart from being skinnier than before, (Dou Dou) was still the same self," he said.

"It's eyes were radiating with lights. Luckily, it didn't have any injuries.

"Even though Dou Dou was tired and walking wobbly on the first day (after returning home), it has become a lot more energetic recently."

The dog's determination to get back to his family impressed animal experts in the country.

A dog trainer said: We are still trying to understand dogs' many behaviours.

"But (Dou Dou) can find home even from so far away. It has exceptional talents."

Although Dou Dou's story cannot be independently verified, this is not the first time a dog is believed to have walked a long distance to get back home.

Earlier this year, a four-year-old Labrador named Cleois reported to have walked 90 kilometres from Kansas to Missouri to get back to the home of her previous owners.

Although her previous owners had not lived in the house for two years, she was found by the new homeowner on the front porch.

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