The incredible story of how nice strangers got together to fly Australian Dachshund Pip home from the US after the coronavirus separated her from her owner
- Guy and Zoe Eilbeck had been on a world tour with two sons and their dog Pip
- In March, the family was forced to return to Sydney, but Pip was unable to make it
- Family called on people in the US to watch out for Pip as they tried to take her home
- Pip spent five months and 17,000 km until he arrived in Sydney on Tuesday
A Dachshund named Pipsqueak has finally been reunited with her family after traveling 136 days and 17,000 km after being stranded in the US as a result of the pandemic.
The two-year-old dog sailed the world with owners, Guy and Zoe Eilbeck, from Sydney’s northern beaches, and their two sons, Cam, 13, and Max, 8.
But when the deadly virus hit in March, the family who had been in Key West were forced to leave Florida and return to Australia.
The Eilbecks sailed to South Carolina and left their 40ft yacht so they could fly home, but a tremendous amount of paperwork had to be done before Pip could join them.
She then spent the next five months with strangers until she was finally able to jump into her family’s arms at Sydney Airport on Tuesday evening.
The Eilbecks (pictured left to right: Cam, Zoe, Max and Guy) were finally reunited with their dog Pipsqueak on Tuesday night after a long five-month break up
Pipsqueak the two-year-old Dachshund was marooned in the US after the outbreak of COVID-19
“For the past five months, Pip has been traveling by boat, by plane, by car, it has been an extremely long journey across America,” said Ms. Eilbeck.
“She’s part of our family and it’s been five months and it’s a long time to miss someone,” said Mr. Eilbeck.
When the family first had to pack up and leave, Pip stayed with some friends in South Carolina.
The Eilbecks then shared their pet’s story online, urging everyone to take care of her while they worked to bring her home.
Ms. Eilbeck was shocked to see a series of volunteers volunteering to help and accompany Pip in the US.
The Eilbecks were in tears after welcoming their beloved sausage dog home to Sydney Airport on Tuesday night
The puppy was cared for by a series of volunteers in the US while the Eilbecks worked to bring her home
Max and Cam Eilbeck are seen with Pip on a vacation to the United States
Those kind-hearted strangers even stayed up in Sydney until 4 a.m. to hear that Pip was coming home.
The sausage dog was almost home weeks ago after arriving in Auckland on July 23 and then flying to Melbourne.
She would finally return to Sydney, but due to Victorian and NSW border closures, Pipsqueak’s flight was canceled.
Fortunately for the Eilbecks, Virgin Australia heard about the stranded Dachshund and put her on the first flight to Sydney.
“We just can’t believe we got her home, this was such a team effort and good for you Virgin,” Mrs. Eilbeck said, wiping away tears.
Virgin Australia crew member Olivia Cayzer is seen as Pipsqueak walks off the flight into the arms of her family
Virgin Australia crew member Olivia Cayzer led the flight’s dog.
“Well, I have my own dog at home so I can fully empathize and know that this dog is part of the family and treated like part of the family,” she said.
“Whether our guests are hairy or human, we love them all and so we took this opportunity to help one of our furry friends.”
Glen Moloney, Virgin Australia Group General Manager Cargo said the airline was honored to be part of the happy rescue.
“During these difficult times, it is nice to be able to put a smile on someone’s face and I know it has been a real pleasure for our team to come to the rescue,” he said.
The Eilbecks have since put their mega yacht up for sale, but hope to continue their journey around the world soon – with Pip by their side.
Pip was finally able to enjoy a night’s sleep at home after 136 days without her beloved family