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Heroic Hound Finds Safety After Traffic Crash: Aries' Remarkable Journey to Doggy Daycare



Written by: Sam Orlando


CLAWSON, MICHIGAN - In an extraordinary display of canine intuition and bravery, Aries, a 4-year-old pit bull lab mix, found her way to safety after being spooked by a traffic accident on the busy streets of Clawson, Michigan. The incident unfolded on the afternoon of February 24, when Melissa Fickel, 31, and her beloved dog were involved in a minor collision that set the stage for a heartwarming tale of loyalty and resilience.


According to Fickel, the accident occurred as their vehicle was struck from behind at a traffic light, causing the frightened Aries to leap from the open rear window in a panic. Despite Fickel's immediate attempts to call Aries back, the dog ran from the scene, leading to moments of anguish for her worried owner. "I was in the middle of the road, and I couldn’t run after her," Fickel recounted, highlighting the distressing moments that followed the crash.


Amidst the chaos of dealing with police and insurance formalities, Fickel's hope was reignited by a call from Travis Ogden, owner of Hounds Town Metro Detroit, the doggy daycare where Aries spends her days once a week. In an unexpected twist, Aries had navigated her way to the daycare, located merely a mile from the accident site, seeking refuge in a place she associated with safety and comfort.

Ogden's account of Aries' arrival at the daycare paints a picture of a dog determined to find solace among familiar faces. "She’d run straight to her safe spot and was trying to attract their attention," said Fickel, expressing her relief and joy at the news. Ogden, familiar with Aries' playful and social nature, immediately recognized the distressed dog and provided her with the care she sought, underscoring the deep bond between pets and their caregivers.


This remarkable journey not only highlights Aries' intelligence and remarkable sense of direction but also sheds light on the extraordinary sensory abilities of dogs. Researchers have suggested that dogs possess an internal compass, guided by the planet’s magnetic field, enabling them to navigate vast distances to find their way home or, in Aries' case, to safety.


Aries' adventure serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of pet safety in vehicles, with Fickel vowing to use a car harness for Aries in the future. It also reiterates the incredible resilience of animals in the face of adversity and the unbreakable bond between pets and their human companions. As Aries enjoys her car rides and window gazing, her story of courage and quick thinking will undoubtedly inspire pet owners to ensure their furry friends are secure, come what may.

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