Kai the wonder dog travels 25km to return home

REUNITED: Tanja resident Jane Gordon and her dog Kai relax at home after his 25 kilometre trek home from Bermagui. Photo: Alasdair McDonaldAfter almost three days missing, a dog has made a 25 kilometre trek home.
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On Boxing Day, Tanja’s Jane Gordon left her 12-year-old dog Kai with her partner in Bermagui on the NSW far south coast, before heading on a plannedtwo-day trek ofMount Kosciuszko.

The next morning Kai was gone.

Kai was found days later in Wapengoby passersby, just a few kilometres from home.

Tanja’s Jane Gordon

“He is a rescue dog and my friends say he has some huge separation issues,” Ms Gordon said.

When her partner returned home from a surf the next day Kai had gone, and scaling a four-metre fence was his only way out.

“I drove back home and went to all the beaches we walk along, Iwas even looking for him in cars just in case someone had found him,” Ms Gordon said.

“By the morning of the 29thI knew I just had to be still, and I had a clear sense he would be back.”

Jane Gordon said she had a feeling Kai would return home. Photo: Alasdair McDonald

Ms Gordon was unaware at the time two women had found Kai just down the road, he followed them home and they fed him Christmas leftovers of roast pork and apple sauce beforestumbling across Ms Gordon’s desperate social media post and sent her a message.

“I saw the message and just burst into tears,” Ms Gordon said.

“I was just so elated, Iwas so happy. I think I slept all night just stroking his head.”

Some animals use the sun, or the stars, and even magnetism for navigation.Others, like dogs, can use scent.

While nothing is certain, dogs use overlapping circles of familiar scents to get around, and some studies have shown mammals haveiron in their ears, which may link tomagnetic fields.

Photo: Alasdair McDonald

Kai’s strong sense didn’t end there –the women who found him said he appeared to know Ms Gordon was on her way to bring him home.

“I don’t know how, but he knew I was coming, he was just waiting at their front door,” Ms Gordon said.

“He jumped straight in the car.”

Chosen for his calm personality in 2012, Kai has built a close bond with his new family.

“You just can’t leave him anywhere,” Ms Gordon said with a smile.

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