Clever Great Pyrenees who engineered his own escape found safe

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“General,” a ten-year-old very clever Great Pyrenees used his nose and his mouth to engineer his own escape on Monday night from a Virginia animal hospital while his human family had been away visiting relatives.

According to FoxNews, General left the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital through the clinic’s back door at around 4:17 a.m. Surveillance video from inside the animal hospital shows the dog opening the latch to his kennel and opening three other doors to eventually escape. And according to General’s owner, Travis Campbell, his dog is indeed quite the Houdini who knows how to open a lot of doors.

“Basically, he spent a night and a half rehearsing trying to figure out how to open the door from the inside, which is how he got a little scratch on his nose,” Campbell said. “It’s a trick to lift the latch from the inside and he figured it out and pushed on the door. 

Thankfully, General was brought back to the animal hospital safely on Monday evening. A neighbor spotted the dog lying in the nearby neighborhood. So much for General’s 15 hour adventure. By the way, General is a rescue the family adopted nearly five years ago. He has become part of the family – six children missed him and are just glad he’s home.

(Photos of Great Pyrenees General via Aqyua-Garrisonville Animal Hospital)




GOOD NEWS: General was found a short distance away taking a nap in someone's yard! ———————————————————————WATCH: A 10-year-old Great Pyrenees named General escaped from Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford while the family was vacationing. The family is now asking for the public's help in finding their beloved pet.FULL STORY –>

Posted by ABC 7 News – WJLA on Monday, April 10, 2017


12 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    THIS GUY was determined to get back to HIS FAMILY AND HOME!!! Bless his heart that he survived this venture unharmed and a thoughtful and watchful neighbor intervened in assisting him being found!!!

  2. Red says:

    Bless his heart….. looking for his family!! Did you see the dog in the enclosure next to his? He is looking out like….”hey, how’d you do that”.

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    So glad General was found and returned BUT why were the doors in this animal hospital left open – especially the door to the outside – seems someone fell down on the job and needs to be reprimanded for negligence – this story could have had a very unhappy ending.


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