Dog found in Denton 1,600 miles from Washington home

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2004

FLOWER MOUND, Texas (AP) -- Snowbirds from the north are a common sight in Texas, but Carla is a different breed altogether.

A trucker found the 11-year-old mixed breed dog in Amarillo a week ago and brought her to a Denton veterinary hospital -- 1,600 miles away from her Castle Rock, Wash., home.

Gail Scott was shocked when the North Texas animal hospital called to say they'd found her dog, who was identified through an implanted microchip.

''How did my dog get to Texas?'' she recalls asking.

That really is anyone's guess, though Scott says she believes Carla escaped from her yard the day before Thanksgiving and was picked up by a trucker at a nearby truck stop.

''You know how truckers are,'' she said. ''They see a stray and feel bad for them, and they pick them up.''

Scott, who adopted Carla in 1998 from a Washington pound, has asked the animal hospital to put the dog up for adoption.

She said it would be too hard to get Carla back to Washington because it's too cold for her to fly in the cargo area of a plane and too expensive to hire someone to drive her home.

The Flower Mound Humane Society is now caring for Carla and looking for a family to adopt her. At least one person has expressed interest.

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