Canine Castaway’s Remarkable Story

The Castaway Dog

The Castaway Dog

Apparently Tom Hanks and Robinson Crusoe aren’t the only ones who can survive on a deserted island.  A cattle dog,  Sophie Tucker, was recently rescued after 4 months of being deserted on an island off the coast of Australia.

When Jan Griffith’s much-loved dog, Sophie Tucker, was washed overboard in stormy seas as the family were cruising on their yacht off Mackay on the east coast of Australia, she believed that her pet had drowned.

Despite a frantic search there was no sign of the animal and Mrs Griffiths and her husband, Dave, resigned themselves to never seeing their dog again. Their children bought their parents a new pet — a red cattle dog named Ruby — and life slowly got back to normal.

Unknown to her owners, Sophie Tucker, a black and tan cattle dog, was not a quitter. It seems that the determined pet swam five nautical miles through seas inhabited by sharks to an island, where she survived for more than four months by eating wild goats.

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  1. Maggie Maclean

    What a wonderful story with a perfect ending but I hope these guys are sailing with doggie PFD’s now! Glad to read that my JRTs also have the survivor instinct.

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