The extraordinary adventure of a lost dog, dubbed Pip the ‘wonder puppy’, who trotted five miles through a busy city to find his way home, can be revealed today.
Pip the Podencos wandered off while chasing squirrels on a walk in Bristol with owner Libby Bowles, 47, on September 18.
After she spent 90 minutes looking for him in Leigh Woods, the brave dog took to the streets and strolled all the way home, arriving 20 minutes before Mrs Bowles did.
Now footage of the cheeky dog’s 3-mile trek through Bristol has emerged and shows him stopping traffic as he merrily trots down roads and over a bridge.
Pedenco Pip went on a 4.8-mi adventure through Bristol after getting lost while chasing squirrels. Here he is pictured turning heads as he walks down a road
The smart dog was filmed merrily wandering down the road crossing the Clifton Suspension Bridge as cars slowly followed him
This ice cream truck caught the adventurous pet’s eye on his journey before Pip then continued on and crossed the road
At times he seemed to lose his direction and zigzagged across the roads to find his way home
In the video, Pip can be seen happily wandering down the road crossing the Clifton Suspension Bridge, completely oblivious to the queue of cars patiently following him.
As he continued through town, the adventurous dog turned heads as bemused passers-by stopped to watch him come down the road.
Earlier, PIP was seen looking longingly at an ice cream truck before crossing a street.
At times the dog appeared to lose direction and CCTV captured him zigzagging across roads – all while a city-wide manhunt was underway to find him.
To try to track him down, Mrs. Bowles had taken to local lost and found groups. Locals posted updates and CCTV footage as he was seen traveling around town, including outside his old home, in the park and outside a local museum.
Pip is a rabbit hunting dog rescued from Spain. Now a therapy dog, he is well-known in Bristol for sitting in Mrs Bowles’s rucksack as she cycles around town.
Pip wandered off while chasing squirrels on a walk in Bristol with owner Libby Bowles (left), 47, on September 18
Pip, dubbed ‘wonder puppy’, walked home on his own while his owner Mrs Bowles looked for him
Mrs Bowles said: ‘The thing is he’s very calm and composed unless there’s something fat to chase.
‘He’s run away before but he’s always come back so when he didn’t I was quite worried.
‘I spent an hour walking up and down our walking route looking for him and luckily ran into some friends who were walking around to the other side of the woods to see if they could find him. They actually saw him, but at the last moment he zipped away from them under a fence.’
Pip’s escape sparked a city-wide manhunt. He was caught on CCTV in several locations across the city, trotting along the pavement, oblivious to the search party.
Mrs Bowles said: ‘At first I thought, “How on earth is he going to cross Bristol alone?” But luckily Pip has a good nose – he often takes me to his dog friends’ houses on our walks.
‘The dog community in Bristol is great so I put him in one of the groups and I got constant updates on where he was seen. He walked back to our old flat, past Bristol museum, literally all over Bristol.
‘Eventually he was seen in the park near our house so I breathed a sigh of relief because I knew he should be able to get home from there.
‘I called our neighbors and they were all waiting for him when he came back. He trotted around the corner, apparently rather nonchalantly. He had all his canine friends and lots of treats waiting for him.’
Pip was caught on CCTV during his 4.6-mile walk home, which included a stroll over the Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured in the background)
Pip once belonged to a hunter in Spain. After being found on the street, he was rescued and adopted by Ms. Bowles, who works in sustainability education.
Pip is now a therapy dog and is part of a program called Read2Dogs where children can read to him instead of adults to increase their reading skills.
Mrs Bowles said: ‘I used to be a primary school teacher and I think this is such a valuable exercise that it has a profound effect on confidence in the classroom.
‘I’m writing some books about Pip and his adventures so that children can read to Pip about all his exciting stories.’