The homeless dog soon found himself in Auckland, at the opposite end of the country. Though he was finally safe, Duke couldn’t seem to hold down a home for more than a few years at a time. Eventually, he wound up in a public shelter, and it seemed like the rootless pup would live out the rest of his years unwanted and alone.
“We are not sure how many homes Duke has been through, but we think at least four while in Auckland, possibly more,” van der Plas said. “No one reported him missing, none of the numbers attached to his chip were responding and no one came forward to claim him.”