Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia: Dog Escapes By Opening Doors With His Mouth


When pets go missing, our first thoughts are how vulnerable, terrified, and lost they must feel. These are all valid concerns — after all, owning a pet is a massive responsibility. But General, a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees, proved we don’t give nearly enough credit to dogs for how smart and self-sufficient they can be.

Before a trip to Virginia beach, one family brought their dog to Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia. They assumed he was in good hands, since they previously had good experiences with the hospital. But their trip was cut short when they received a call that General had broken out of his cage using his mouth, wandered out of the hospital, headed through the parking lot and down the sidewalk out of video surveillance’s eye.

The video footage depicts the dog looking both ways to see if the coast was clear (or maybe he was just interested in his new surroundings? Dogs love surroundings!). He proceeds to nonchalantly march out. If only sneaking out of awkward situations were that easy.

Deputies, animal control officers, and hospital employees banded together for an entire day to find him, and their efforts paid off. The hospital announced on their Facebook page that evening that the dog had been found (Phew! Searching for a lost pup at night doesn’t sound like a cake walk).


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