Dog Walks 200 Miles to Find the Woman Who Rescued Her

“I’ve heard about dogs’ loyalty, but I never imagined this sort of thing would happen to me. I can hardly believe this dog traveled such a long distance to find us.”

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A Russian dog named Shavi was hit by a car and left for dead by the driver.  She was saved by a woman named Nina who took her in, nursed her back to health, and then found her a home.  But Shavi escaped from her new home and walked nearly 200 miles back to be with her guardian angel.

Last winter, Shavi had been trying to survive as a street dog during the harsh Russian winter when her life nearly ended.  She was the victim of a hit-and-run, which resulted in two badly broken legs, among other injuries.

She nearly froze to death, but two good Samaritans found her and brought her to a veterinarian.  They took their plea to find Shavi a home to the public, and only one person responded – Nina Baranovskaya.


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The woman brought the injured dog back to her Rostov-on-Don home, and nursed her back to health.  According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, she taught Shavi how to walk again, and trained her to understand basic commands.

“After the anesthesia, when she saw me, she raised her weary eyes and timidly licked my hand,” the 26-year-old mother of one explained.

Shavi was a fighter, and on the first day after the surgery, wouldn’t even relieve herself on the blanket set out for her.  Rather, she tried to make it outside, and was found lying on the doorstep.  Nina diapered her and spent the next six months helping her recover.


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Some parts were easy; Shavi was a smart and apt student, and easily learned commands.  But she was terrified of strangers and cars, and it took a long time to get her reacquainted with the outside world.  Gradually, she overcame the ordeal.

Though she would have loved to have kept her, obstacles prevented Nina from doing so.  Her apartment was too small, especially with three cats and two other rescue dogs, and her job and family commitments kept her from giving the new one as much attention as she needed.

As much as it pained her to do it, she searched for someone to take her in, but the only friends willing to do so lived 180 miles away.  They lived out in the countryside, and Shavi would have more room to romp around.  Nina believed this was truly the best choice for her.


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However, only days after arriving at her new home, Shavi went missing after she dug a hole under the fence.  Panicked, her new owners called Nina to tell them their heartbreaking news – Shavi was once again fending for herself out on the streets.

Almost two weeks later, Nina was walking down the road when she was startled by the sensation of something brushing up against her leg – it was Shavi!  Nina burst into tears, hardly able to believe that this dog walked so far just to find her.  When she leaned down, Shavi jumped right into her arms.

“Most people don’t notice that dogs can laugh and cry, too,” she said.  “Or maybe they don’t want to see.”


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What was most fascinating about the reunion is that during the time Shavi had vanished, Nina’s family had moved to a bigger apartment, about five bus stations away.

“I’ve heard amazing stories about dogs’ loyalty, but I never imagined this sort of thing would ever happen to me.  Even now, I can hardly believe this dog traveled such a long distance to find us, and most importantly, track us down to a new location.”

Shavi was thin and haggard-looking, and once again, Nina nurtured her until she was healthy and confident that she wasn’t going anywhere again – this time she was Nina’s for keeps.


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“Of course, now she has remained with us for good.  I would never give this kind of friend away again.  Animals are the most loyal and loving creatures in the world.  For every drop of human love, they are will to give all of theirs in return, and I know that from personal experience.  Shavi is like a child to me now.”

After her story was published in the local papers, dozens of people offered to help Nina by donating money or anything else they could need.  But she politely declined, and instead, asked them to do something different:

“I am really very touched – thank you all from the bottom of my heart!  But I don’t need money, I didn’t do this for monetary gains.  If you really want to help, I beg you, don’t ignore animals that need your help.  I never grow tired of repeating this – animals are the most devoted and loving creatures.  They need our love and care.”


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151 thoughts on “Dog Walks 200 Miles to Find the Woman Who Rescued Her

    1. This is truly a wonderful story—thank you so much for having compassion. Yes, not everyone is able to look away when they see something terrible—fortunately there are some kind people out there who cannot. Good luck to you and I hope this beautiful dog has a great life.

  1. Wie heißt es doch in dem Film “Hachiko”? Nicht du suchst deinen Hund aus. Dein Hund sucht dich aus.

    Oder so ähnlich.
    Wer den Film noch nicht gesehen hat, sollte ihn sich UNBEDINGT anschauen. 😉

  2. In English:

    How was it in the film “Hachiko”? Not you choose your dog. Your dog choose you.

    Or something Like this.
    Who didn’t watch this Film at all, should do this. 😉

  3. that’s what you call loyalty….something that only animals have now a days. she’s so grateful, sonto repay you I think she vowed to be with her for ever. they are meant to be. and that’s destiny.

  4. This is why I could never foster animals. I would not be able to let them go to anyone. I’d have 43 “pets” in no time at all.

  5. True love and loyalty is given mainly from animals, not least dogs. I wish Nina and Shavi a long good life together with the rest of the family.

  6. I love this story. I wish there were more people like her, such a beautiful and compassionate soul. I too would foster/adopt a dog and/or cat but I am unable to at this time. On top of all that, she is really beautiful, I’d bet she could be a model if she really went after it. That would probably bring in even more income so that taking care of her animals would be a bit easier financially.

  7. Hopefully Nina lives where she can keep Shavi who so wants to be with her after having her save her life. Shavi has so much love to give Nina.

  8. that happened to us, we rescued a french poodle once and we found him 2 great families to adopt him, but both times came to our house… he has been part of our family for 3 years now

  9. Awww! She walked back to the person who nursed her back to health..Now, that’s loyalty & appreciation…. Some humans could learn from this ……???????

  10. If you don’t think Dogs are smarter than humans just read the story’s online like this you hear of dogs going hundreds of miles to find love ones after storms and all kinds of situations.
    You have to understand they don’t use GPS they use there senses to do this and they have way more than any human could ever have ,I really believe GOD put them here to us get thru life if you are lucky enough to have a dog you know that when you come home no matter how your days been that baby is there so happy to see you and make you smile and show you the meaning of true love that a lot of people have never known . Thank God for dogs and each person that goes home to one each day.

  11. Shavi is a precious keeper. Dogs know whom to trust and to love. If you have a guest or a friend your dog does not like. Then trust your dog’s judegement. They are the best souls and have nothing to give except love to all.

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