Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

Rusty the cheeky Aus­tralian ter­rier is home safe in the arms of his lov­ing fam­ily af­ter hitchhiking 1500km with a truckie, all the way from Queens­land to South Aus­tralia, last month.

His Goondi­windi own­ers were on hol­i­day when the bold three-year-old snuck away from his babysit­ters, ran out to the high­way, and stowed away in the un­der­car­riage of a truck headed for Snow­town.

When truck driver Paul Mcdow­ell found Rusty along the way, he took the pooch home and called the num­ber on his tag.

The news came as no sur­prise to owner Laura Scu­d­amore, who’s used to her pup’s hitchhiking habit.

“Last time we went away, he hitched a ride to Chin­chilla [250km away],” she said. “He’s really upped the ante this time, mak­ing it all the way to South Aus­tralia. He’s very friendly and would jump in the car with any­one who gave him some at­ten­tion.”

Paul and his fam­ily took care of Rusty un­til the Scu­d­amores re­turned, and pet travel com­pany Jet­pets es­corted the fa­mous pooch home, where he re­ceived a warm wel­come from El­iza, five and Sam, two.

“We are very ex­cited he’s home – the kids are su­per-ex­cited!” Laura says.

This wasn’t Rusty’s first hitchhiking jour­ney. Re­united with his re­lieved fam­ily.

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