Found 1300km from home, Rolo the Yorkie has had quite the adventure but, thankfully, is finally back safely with his family.


Freestate, South Africa – Rolo the Yorkie was stolen from his parents Jean-Marie and Dawie Conradie. He was found 1300km away on the streets of Sea Point in Cape Town a few days later.

His rescue all started thanks to Rene Steller, who had seen Rolo with Nathan, a car guard working in Sea Point. She had approached Nathan to enquire about Rolo, asking to take him to the vet to see if he had a chip.

Nathan had been standing next to a car where two people were sleeping. While they were sleeping the Rolo had jumped from the vehicle. They woke in a panic and sped off. Nathan grabbed Rolo and kept him safe, refusing to hand him over to anyone as he was waiting for the car to return. He had assumed the people in the vehicle were the rightful owners of Rolo and feared handing him over to Rene would mean Rolo would be separated from his owners.

Rolo was eventually handed over and taken to a nearby vet to check if he had a chip. He did, and immediately the Conradie family were notified that their Yorkie had been found. It was a total shock that Rolo had been found so far away from home.

Thankfully, there was a family member in Helderberg that could fetch Rolo and keep him safe. Once he was picked up and safely with family, he was given a bath and a comfy bed to rest. Rolo was exhausted after his very long and probably terrifying ordeal.

Then came the struggle to figure out how to get Rolo back home to Vaalpark, Freestate. Carole Anne Sherratt played a vital role in connecting people who would be able to transport the Yorkie back home.

Eventually, she managed to connect with a woman who agreed to transport Rolo along with other dogs to Bloemfontein where the Conradies would be able to pick Rolo up.

An angel named Colleen made the trip with Rolo. She faced a horrific trip, driving through a massive storm and sadly, hitting a buck along the way. Her car was destroyed in the process, but thankfully, Rolo and all the other animals onboard were unharmed. Colleen met up with Monique Burrows who took Rolo and completed the final leg of the trip.

Now, Rolo is finally back home with his family. Take a look at their reunion below, Rolo ran straight past Jean-Marie to his dad Dawie.

Posted by Jean-Marie Conradie on Monday, 8 April 2019

Sources: Good Things Guy Interview
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