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Dog walks 200km across taiga as she looks for owners who rejected her

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 July 2019

Maru was sent back to the kennels where she was born on Trans-Siberian railway by 'allergic' owner, but escaped the train.

 'The dog had a panic attack, she was frightened.’ Picture: Darya Stulinskaya

This is an extraordinary story of the dog’s devotion to an owner who could no longer care for her, and of the animal’s wondrous sense of direction.

Kennel owner Alla Morozova in Novosibirsk sold Maru - full name Manora - to a couple in Krasnoyarsk when the dog was five months old. 

After six months the woman owner called Alla and said she was ‘allergic’ to the animals and asked the kennel to take the animal back.

'I never give up my puppies and when a dog is bought, it is stipulated that the owners should inform me if they do not need a dog anymore,’ she said. 

Maru in Krasnoyarsk

Maru's injured paw

Maru found by volunteers

‘She had walked and run for two and a half days. Luckily neither bears ate her, nor wolves chewed her up.’ Pictures: Darya Stulinskaya, Prima TV, @homeless_dog_krsk

An arrangement was agreed to send the dog back to Novosibirsk on the train.

An attendant had agreed to care for the animal en route. 

But some 200 km into the journey the train stopped at a small station near Achinsk.

'The dog had a panic attack, she was frightened,’ said Alla.

‘She had been brought by her owners, then they disappeared somewhere. 

‘The noise of the train scared her…’


Krasnoyarsk railroad

Maru is believed to had been walking 200 kilometres from a tiny atation near Achinsk to Krasnoyarsk industrial zone.

‘The dog jumped on the compartment  door, kicked the handle to open it, and almost threw the conductor out of the way.

‘She jumped out like a bullet. 

‘When the door opened to the platform, she jumped out into the night, into the taiga.' 

The train only had a brief stop. The attended shouted for the dog but it failed to return.

The attendant called the owners in Krasnoyarsk and said the dog was missing.

They called Alla and she asked them to go to Achinsk area and search for the animal, but they refused.

She said: ‘That angered me. The owners were not upset at all, like, well, the dog is lost and that's all right. 

‘That was their answer. 

‘They gave the dog away and the load fell off their shoulders.' 

Alla posted messages about lost Maru and had leaflets distributed asking for information. 

Alla Morozova

Kennel owner Alla Morozova in Novosibirsk sold Maru - full name Manora - to a couple in Krasnoyarsk when the dog was five months old. Picture: OTS TV

Remarkably, the dog was found two and a half days later. 

She was located in an industrial area of Krasnoyarsk, trying to reach her owners. Her sense of direction is extraordinary.

‘She had walked and run for two and a half days. Luckily neither bears ate her, nor wolves chewed her up.’

Both animals are prevalent in the wild here.

It is presumed she followed the railway track all the way back to Krasnoyarsk.

Maru in the dog shelter in Krasnoyarsk

Maru at the Krasnoyarsk dog shelter  

Maru at the Krasnoyarsk dog shelter owned by Darya Stulinskaya. Pictures: Darya Stulinskaya

‘Volunteers found her in an industrial zone. The dog was very tired.

‘She was lame, her paws were broken. The pads were damaged. Her muzzle was broken.

‘Maru fell from the railway embankment.' 

The volunteers who found her claim that she was ‘even in tears’.

Maru on the way to Novosibirsk with Alyona Makhova

Maru on the way to Novosibirsk with Alyona Makhova

Alla’s friend Alyona Makhova drove the dog to the kennels in Novosibirsk. Pictures: Alyona Makhova

Alla said: 'I'm sure that she was looking for her house. Dogs are very attached to people. 

‘She did not run to Novosibirsk, she wanted to go back where she lived. It is surprising that she went the right way. 

‘Geographically, she had no reference points at all. In the city she used to walk only in the yard, she never went anywhere else. 

‘And  to make her away through the wild taiga, it is an amazing case. 

Maru arrived in Novosibirsk

Maru meets her parents

Maru meets her parents

Maru was reunited with her mother and father. Pictures: OTS TV

‘This is a breed developed by gamekeepers… Imagine, after so many generations, the qualities of the breed have helped her.' 

Alla’s friend Alyona Makhova drove the dog to the kennels in Novosibirsk where Maru was reunited with her mother and father. 

She is now undergoing treatment to recover from her ordeal.

Comments (31)

Give this dog to Darina. Two souls in need of unconditional love.
PSylGar, Hallsville, USA
22/07/2019 12:09
Bravo Maru. I hope she finds a loving, forever home which will shower her with love and affection. May she share beautiful moments with her fellow canines and new human family. May this sad experience fade away like waters under a bridge.
Harriet, Trinidad & Tobago
22/07/2019 10:27
Maru is a wondrous darling. As most dogs are ! Hopefully her new owners will give her love, care and reassuring company. Wishing Mary a quick return to the best of health...
Surely Venugopal Tenneti, Hyderabad India
22/07/2019 08:34
amazing story from an amazing creature, just love dogs, please make sure she gets a loving forever home
mavic, manila, philippines
22/07/2019 08:24
What an amazing story. Mastiffs are amazingly loyal and loving giant souls. I hope she finds her forever home and is spoiled with the love and kindness she deserves.
Amy, North Carolina USA
22/07/2019 06:04
I want to adopt this dog. Please can someone tell me the details of the kennels.
Franceska Lawrence , United Kingdom
22/07/2019 02:52
I love this dog. Please keep it well. Do let me know how he is.
Angela Greenslade, Westbury England
22/07/2019 00:34
I want to adopt her! How can I get her to the UK! Shes beautiful
Kim, Uk
21/07/2019 23:33
Some humans under estimate the intelligence, perseverance & loyalty of animals. Animal s teach us so much. We can sure value & respect them much more
Sharon , South Africa
21/07/2019 22:55
This brought tears to my eyes.
I do not usually comment on articles but this really
touched my heart
Although the courage of this wonderous dog did not
surprise me.
They love unconditionally, even when they are being abused.
To read that her injuries were so horrific that she had
tears breaks my heart.
I hope she will quickly heal physically and emotionally
and the people who are honored enough to adopt her
will honor her spirit.
Susan Partington, Canada
21/07/2019 22:37
Is there any way for her to be adopted to a family in the USA , she is a lovely and irreplaceable bullmastiff
21/07/2019 22:09
I'd adopt this great pup if he was available. My old Black Lab passed away recently.
SteveC, Florida US
21/07/2019 17:47
I want this puppy, me and my family would give her a loving caring home, and she would never have a tear in her eyes again, is she still in the shelter and how do i go about rehomeing her with me and my family, I WANT HER
Hazel jarvis, Budliegh salterton, devon ,england
21/07/2019 17:47
Having just had a dear pet dog die... my heart went out to Maru...
If I was local I would be adopting her... if only...
Lynn Genevieve, Glenborrodale/Scotland
21/07/2019 14:52
I want to adopt her. How do I go about doing this
Paul, Leeds
21/07/2019 13:35

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