Lost Florida dog goes on 2,000 mile journey to Minnesota

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By Kelly Creswell

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (WBBH/WZVN/CNN) - A lost Florida dog manages to find homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Now, he'll soon be reunited with his original owners in the Sunshine State.

All of Endo's life he's been rescued.

Denise and her husband took in the mastiff after his owners couldn't care for him anymore.

Somehow in May 2011 he escaped his fenced in backyard in Cape Coral.

"Our neighbor had told us that they had seen the dogs go into the canal across the street from our house and had actually seen our lab get attacked by a gator," said Denise Hartzog.

Assuming the worst, Denise didn't report Endo missing.

Little did she know, Endo was about to embark on a nearly 2,000 mile journey.

He was first spotted wandering around a gas station in Myakka City.

"She didn't want to take her to the shelter and I just happened to be looking for a mastiff to rescue," said Tucker Carlson.

Assuming Endo's owners had abandoned the pup, a friend picked up Endo and agreed to meet him in Chattanooga.

Tucker drove his new buddy back up to his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

But this past November Tucker's condo association made him surrender Endo.

So Endo was passed along to a family friend in Duluth, Minnesota.

Then passed to another owner in Superior, Wisconsin.

"He was on a farm over the holidays and had gotten away and then was picked back up," said Tucker.

And Endo ended up at a shelter in Duluth where his microchip traced him back to Cape Coral.

"Now that he is 4-years-old, he's had a really fun adolescence and now he gets to be an adult again. He is retiring in Florida," said Tucker.

Volunteers will drive Endo back home this week.

"I just hope he remembers us and he adjusts well with our family again and we can give him the rest of his lives that he has left," said Denise.


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