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Sheepdog Quits Job, Runs 240 Miles to Return Home

Pero was just not feeling his new Cumbrian farm.

Sometimes, new jobs just don’t work out. Maybe your boss is too demanding, or your co-workers smell, or it’s just not the right “fit.” Or maybe you just miss being home. 

This is all to say that Pero, a 4-year-old sheepdog who walked off his job in England to return home, probably had his reasons.

It had only been a few weeks since Pero was sent to work on a farm in Cumbria, England, in March. Yet, on April 8, he decided he’d had enough, going missing from the farm where it was his job to help round up sheep. 

Remember when you worked at Blockbuster for a couple weeks in the summer of ‘99 but it wasn’t all that stellar and you missed your cool colleagues at Subway? This was kind of like that. 

They treated Pero just fine in Cumbria, the pay (dog food) was good enough, but, you know, something was just missing. In this case, that was his owner, friend, and former boss Alan James, on whose doorstep the dog appeared on April 20. 

“My husband Alan went out to check on the animals after supper,” Shan James told the BBC, ”and there was Pero on our doorstep. It was a bit of a shock, and the dog was going crazy after seeing Alan.”

The trip was 240 miles in all, to the Jameses’ home near Aberystwyth, Wales. Shan James told the BBC that Pero seemed perfectly healthy after the trip, meaning that he probably found food to eat along his journey. 

For now, the family will keep Pero at home, where he helps out on their farm. And why shouldn’t Pero stay? Good jobs are hard to come by.