Family dog found after collision and 22 days in the bush


You may recall a article on March 1st concerning a vehicle rollover on Highway 17 north near Wawa.  The highways were snow-packed with icy sections at the time of the incident. The pick-up truck rolled over causing one of the family dogs to run off.

Cyclone a male, border collie/lab mix, with a black body, brown legs and head could not be found.

After spending 22 days alone and scared in the thick bush of Northern Ontario, Cyclone was found and is being returned to his owner. The man and his dogs lived down south so it’s amazing the dog was able to survive in bitter cold temperatures and little food.

March 1st rollover on Highway 17, Cyclone the dog went missing following the rollover

Paula Penno from Wawa tells that Cyclone was found wandering in the town of Wawa near Pinewood Drive. A person recognized the dog from photos posted on Facebook. “I have been out every night looking for him, even when others gave up” Penno said. “he looks very tired and weak and skinny” Penno said. The dog was about 45 minutes away from the crash site. Penno thinks with the snow melting, the dog was able to get out of the bush.

The dog is now en-route to Sault Ste. Marie for a vet check before being reunited with his owner.


  1. Oh I am so happy there are still happy endings to such sad stories. I am still crying though with tears of joy. Being a dog lover myself, I can only imagine the elation the owner is experiencing.

  2. Yes the best news ever…I am so happy he kept walking in the right direction…straight into Wawa….he wouldn’t come out on the highway though…probably still terrified of vehicles. I drove that highway looking for him…too many times to count….just happy he finally came out…he gets to spend his night in a warm bed tonight with some food in his belly.

  3. We talk to Wally a few times, and told him don’t give up hope, and his other dog will be so happy to see is buddy wonderful things do happen and thanks to the people went out every day to look for him.

  4. On a day when the news is not so great(Terror attacks) it is so nice to read a story like this..THANKS CRAIG, Having been a dog owner many times over the years I can tell you there is one happy family waiting to welcome CYCLONE home.

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