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'Homesick' dog takes metro home alone

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 30 Sep 2011, 09:56

Published: 30 Sep 2011 09:56 GMT+02:00

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Eira was left at her new day kennel in the southern Stockholm suburb of Hökarängen last Thursday by her owner but struck with home sickness she decided take the matter in her own paws and head out for home.

She evaded her carers and walked the kilometre to the local metro station, ducked the barrier and jumped on a northbound train, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily which has been confirmed both by her owner and the police.

The dog stood patiently among the other morning passengers and waited in the six stops between Hökarängen and her home station of Gullmarsplan - a busy bus, road and metro junction.

But on alighting the train at Gullmarsplan she was met by station staff who took her into their care. The staff report that Eira succumbed to their approach without resistance.

In accordance with routine, the staff called the police and handed Eira over.

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"If she hadn't been detained she would probably have been waiting for me by the door," her owner, named only as Caroline, told the newspaper.

The only mishap to befall the capable canine is that she is thought to have caught her paw in the door of the metro train, leaving her needing an ice pack.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:52 September 30, 2011 by voiceofreason
Someone made up this story, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE, but I believe it.
11:32 September 30, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
Labs are highly intelligent dogs. I wouldn't doubt this story in a heartbeat. Dogs really are our best friends, no other animal compares.
11:41 September 30, 2011 by Tamm O'Shanter
Surely the labrador should have been reported for not showing a valid travel ticket to staff, before boarding the train? Lol!
12:51 September 30, 2011 by Åskar
Dogs don't have to pay for travelling with the underground.
14:07 September 30, 2011 by Twiceshy
Very cute! The dog was probably used to go home with the metro and decided she could do it herself :D
15:03 September 30, 2011 by Grokh
smarter than most humans.
15:09 September 30, 2011 by DaveN
Quick, call Esther Rantzen.
19:19 September 30, 2011 by missjane30
Awe, this is too cute! Labs are very smart, I have a labradoodle (lab & poodle mix) and he is probably the coolest dog I've ever had.
00:51 October 1, 2011 by per1970
I have to agree, I dont doupt this story at all, I Had a lab and my god, that was a smart dog, and hungry, she use to run from home to the lokal fastfoodshop (korvkiosk) couse she knew the owner always gave her a hot dog, after the hotdog dinner, they called me and told that me dog was there, and she kindley waited for me to pick her up.

more stories like this happend with Bessie, lovely dogs
05:10 October 1, 2011 by volvoman9
I agree that Labs are a very smart breed when it comes to self reliance. However I have had other breeds that display similar traits. i had a Wiemerainer that could find her way to any location she had visited only once before and did it often much to my panic.
05:16 October 1, 2011 by Catarin
This is such a great story. I bet we'll see it in a movie one of these days.
05:11 October 4, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
LOL!! It reminds me of that CDN television show from years ago called "The Little Hobo" about a super intelligent dog that wondered all over and had all kinds of adventures with his interactions with humans.
19:04 October 5, 2011 by update-2011
for those who said some animals are more intelligent than humans:-

so you are witnessing that humans are not animals,right?LOL
03:53 October 8, 2011 by sunnchilde
The thing that gets me is how did she know to go North? Was she just guessing? I will give you the get-off-at-the-station-she-knows part, but it seems to me that she probably went toward the first train that she saw/heard and that train could have been going anywhere, even all the way to Denmark. But I will give her guts to attempt to use the train by herself like that. That is one resilient doggie:

"I want to go home. How do I get home? Wait, is that a train? The train goes home! I'll go get on the train! That will bring me home!"
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