A couple were left baffled when they returned to their house to find a strange dog making itself right at home on their front porch.
The adorable labrador seemed so familiar with the home because she did in fact live there – two years ago.
Britney and Colton Michael got out of their car to find the four-year-old dog waiting patiently on their front steps, but the confused dog wouldn’t let them come close to her.
The pair eventually managed to get her microchip checked to discover her name was Cleo, and Britney immediately recognised her owner’s details as the people who had sold them their home back in November 2018.
Cleo had made the 57-mile journey from her new home in Olathe, Kansas, to where she used to live in Lawson, Missouri, after getting lost.
Her owners had posted an appeal on Facebook a week earlier for help to find their missing dog, and couldn’t believe it when Michael called to say Cleo had walked ‘home’, as reported by KMBC.
The door-to-door journey is just under 60 miles and no one knows exactly how Cleo completed the trip where she would have had to have crossed a river at some point along the way.
Her owner, Drew, said: “It’s the most bizarre story. Really, she’s everything to us and to my mother.
“It just feels really good to be reunited with her.”
Michael said they were not surprised Cleo was scared when they found her waiting on the porch, saying: “She finds her way home, and there’s some strangers living in it. That would be scary for anybody.
“Now that we know who she belongs to, if she pops up again, we know who to call.
“That’s a hike for anybody. It’s a mystery, something we will probably never know.”