Left behind because of Covid-19, a tiny dog travels 10,000 miles to rejoin her owners

Every dog has its day and that couldn’t be more accurate for Pipsqueak, a stranded dachshund pup, who was reunited with her family after an EPIC seven month journey.

In March, the pooch was sailing around the Pacific with her owners on a four-year global sailing adventure when COVID-19 struck, separating the family and Pip, as she’s affectionately known, when owners Zoe and Guy Eilbeck and their children were forced to fly back to Australia urgently.

Over the next five months, strangers all over the United States cared for Pip, before she began her 17,000 kilometre / 10,000 mile journey home to Sydney, via North and South Carolina, Los Angeles, Auckland, and Melbourne.


Pipsqueak’s journey home

March 27: The Eilbeck family dock their boat at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Zoe Eilbeck drives to North Carolina, where she hands Pip over to her friend Lynn Williams.

April 4: Pip moves into Ellen Steinberg’s home in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

July 19: With pet rescuer Melissa Young as her companion, Pip flies to Charlotte, North Carolina, and then on to Los Angeles.

July 21: After a night in a hotel suite, Pip takes a 13-hour flight in cargo from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand.

July 24: Pip flies from Auckland to Melbourne, Australia, where she goes into mandatory quarantine for 10 days.

August 11: Pip flies from Melbourne to Sydney, and is finally reunited with the Eilbecks.

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