Buck, a Labrador retriever, takes the words “man’s best friend” to a new level: Separated from his owner, Mark Wessells, Buck traveled nearly 500 miles from Virginia to reach the South Carolina resident. Wessells, who lives in Myrtle Beach, temporarily left his two-year-old black Lab with his father in Winchester, Virginia, because he was in the process of moving, reported The Sun News. But about a week after Wessells left Virginia, his father called to tell him Buck had disappeared.
Wessells thought that perhaps someone had stolen his dog, but about six months later, a kind stranger found Buck in the Bellegrove community in Myrtle Beach and took him in. Brett Gallagher, who discovered the black Lab, nicknamed him Deuce, since he found the dog at about 2 a.m. Gallgaher took Buck to the veterinarian, where a microchip embedded in the dog’s body told them Buck’s name and owner. As The Sun Times wrote, Buck “showered his owner in kisses” as soon as Wessells came into the room at the vet’s office.
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