When North Carolina resident Tonia Mosteller left her dog at home to run some errands, she never expected this.
While she was out, her 5-year-old golden retriever Riley discovered how to lift the backyard gate latch and plot his escape.
Earlier that day while on their walk, Mosteller and Riley had run into a group of pups from Riley’s old doggy day care.
“Riley was crying because he loves to play; he loves happy dogs,” Mosteller says.
He whined during the entire walk home.
“We walk Riley everyday, typically through town, and sometimes we will stop by the daycare,” Mosteller explains. “Riley knows his way around town.”
So when left with the opportunity, Riley decided to hightail it to his favorite place—doggy day care, which is over a mile away from home.
“We noticed a dog sitting outside waiting to be let in,” Happy Dog Café owner Teresa McCarter says.
Riley’s a familiar face at the daycare, so when they recognized him they immediately called Mosteller to let her know about the great escape.
“Of course,” McCarter says, “he stayed for free.”