The Italian Almanac
The Boarding Dog
Canine traveller Pamela followed in her owner's footsteps and boarded a train in her Tuscan hometown of Arezzo, headed towards the Emilia-Romagna capital of Bologna. Unlike previous journeys, she was all on her own.
The female pooch walked herself to the train station in the town's center, waited on the appropriate track at the right time, then boarded the regional line towards the home town of her owner's girlfriend, seated in the car she habitually took with her human companion. After the dog disappeared during a walk, Luca, the dog's owner, plastered his hometown of Arezzo with fliers and posted 'missing' bulletins on Twitter and Facebook.
Three sleepless nights later, the owner was contacted by an animal shelter in Florence where train staff left Pamela after noticing the unaccompanied dog on the train. The canine was identified thanks to her microchip and the four-day search ended happily when the tawny labrador mix was returned safely to her owner.
"We can finally sleep in peace now that she is back," said the dog's elated owner.