Adventure Dog hitchhikes across Australia on his own

Some dogs have a tendency to run off on adventures. As for Rusty, he is much more than a simple adventurer. In his case, we can even talk about a great explorer!


Rusty is an Australian terrier, 3 and a half years old. He lives in a family with two other Border Collie relatives. The trio of dogs have a strong taste for getaways. “Rusty and the service dogs sometimes disappear around the property in search of adventure“, told Laura Scudamoretheir owner, to The Dodo. But when it comes to exploring, Rusty goes much further than his brothers. Literally as figuratively.

Rusty takes advantage of his masters absence to hitchhike

daily, Rusty is content with short walks around his home with his Border Collie friends. Things change when Laura and her husband is away and that the dogs are under the care of the grandparents.

During the first major exploration of Rusty, he managed to escape his grandparents’ supervision. The Australian terrier headed straight for the highway. He managed to sneak into a vehicle and hide there. Departure from goondiwindihe was at Chinchilla2h30 away!

When the vehicle’s owners discovered the stowaway, they took care of it all weekend until Laura and her husband gets it back.

Another even bigger road trip

This first trip probably pleased the Australian terrier, because a year and a half later he decided to do it again. Again, the dogs were kept by the grandparents, while the family by Laura was on vacation. Neither one nor two Rusty decided that he should also go on a trip.

While we were gone, Rusty hit the highway. He tends to do it more when we’re away and he’s looking for action“, said Laura. “Looks like Rusty decided to take a ride with one [camionneur] who had stopped to rest.

The dog actually hid under the cab of the truck and was not noticed the whole way. As a result, he landed at Snowtownafter a journey of more than 1500 kilometers!

Thanks to the number on the collar of Rustycould the driver of the truck reassure his owners. Laura decided to make an announcement on social networks, and thus was able to find a car that made the reverse trip to bring the explorers home!

Rusty’s story is now told in a small children’s book.

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