Cuppa Joe – Pollux the Black Lab – from Montreal to Kamloops in a year – 8,000 miles

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Pollux returns home after year long trip from Montreal to Kamloops. You will remember that we had it first! Phot courtesy of CTV.

Cuppa Joe Simonsky – in Vancouver

Right next door or just down the road we receive great news that Pollux, a black lab finally ended his summer vacation in Kamloops BC.

Pollux apparently took an express Via Rail package from Montreal to Vancouver.

Pollux was absolutely gobsmacked by the Via service. “Woof! Woof! Wag! Scratch! I hopped on board the train in Montreal just a little over a year ago, woofy, barkkkkk, rabba huff!” said Pollux. “Woof! I guess I coulda’ walked here in a year. But what the hell? I saw all those travel magazines and just decided to chance it. I was going to take the Express to Vancouver, but heard that’s going to take another 3 months; and I start obedience class in the fall back home… so woof! I rufff ruff got off in Kamloops. What an Incredible Journey!”

Incredible indeed. Mrs. RJ Radnicky was on the same train for the duration and was not quite as pleased with her Via Rail experience.

“It seemed a little long,” said Radnicky. “And the smoked salmon was a little on the burnt side! I think I lost my job at the Montreal Post Office too. C’est la vie. Next time? Je me suis allez avec les aeroplane!”

Anyway here’s that news story.

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, July 6 (UPI) — Pollux, a black lab-mix that vanished from its Montreal family’s yard a year ago has turned up 2,800 miles away in Kamloops, British Columbia, officials say.

The 9-year-old dog is to be flown back to the Isabelle Robitaille family Thursday, thanks to donations to the SPCA, The (Vancouver) Province reported Wednesday.

“We’re like, ‘Oh, my God. Are you kidding me?'” Robitaille told Kamloops This Week when asked about her reaction to the news Pollux had been found in good health. “Everybody here is so excited. She’s going to eat a great big T-bone.”

Pollux had disappeared June 20, 2010. The Robitailles thought their dog was gone forever after they put up posters and hunted throughout the neighborhood but saw no sign of the animal.

Sarah Gerow, acting manager of Kamloops SPCA, said a family in Wallachin, British Columbia, about 40 miles from Kamloops, came across Pollux drinking from a river and turned the dog in to the Kamloops SPCA last week. Pollux had a microchip implanted and SPCA staff were able to use the data to get in touch with the Robitailles.

How did Pollux get so far?

“I guess only she knows,” Gerow said.

Via Rail! It was Via Rail. fer chrissakes!

When they say: “Take your time and ride in comfort?”

Be careful what you wish for. Be very, very careful!

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