One dog got more than she bargained for when she decided to take a trip far away from the comforts of home.
Last week, Hat Trick - called Hattie for short - left her large backyard in Virginia, Minnesota, after she was let out around 9 p.m., and never returned home. The 12-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever then wandered right into the thick of a nearby construction site. To her family, it was as though she had disappeared overnight.
"Typically ... [her family] let her go out and she comes back without a problem," Judy Jacobs, a public affairs administrator with Minnesota's Department of Transportation (MnDOT), told The Dodo. "They have an invisible fence and she had never broken through the barrier until recently when she went to a local lake for a swim and the night she went to the construction site."