Ready for a happy news story? Let us introduce to you Pipsqueak, the little dachshund, who has travelled more than all of us over the past five months, in order to get home…
Every dog has its day and that couldn’t be more accurate for Pipsqueak, an adorable stranded dachshund pup, who Virgin Australia reunited with its family at Sydney Airport last week.
In March, the pooch was living the high life, sailing around The Gulf of Mexico with her owners on a four-year global sailing adventure when COVID-19 struck.
The global pandemic separated Pip with her hoomans, who were forced to fly back to Australia urgently.
Over the next five months, Pip has travelled more than any of us, couch surfing with strangers all over the United States, before she began her 17,000-kilometre journey home to Sydney via North and South Carolina, Los Angeles, Auckland, and Melbourne.
What a jetsetter!
The homecoming, however, was thwarted on the final leg of the journey when cargo flights between Melbourne and Sydney were full as a consequence of state border restrictions, leaving Pip pipped at the post.
But it’s not all bad news…
A beautiful reunion
Virgin Australia quickly came to the rescue last week, after hearing the story, the airline booked her on the next available service to Sydney.
In a video of the reunion released by the airline, Pip’s owners Zoe and Guy Eilbeck thanked Virgin Australia for bringing their family back together.
“She’s part of our family and it’s been five months and that’s a long time to miss anybody,”
Guy Eilbeck, Pipsqueak’s owner
“We just can’t believe we got her home this was such a team effort and good on you Virgin,” said Zoe Eilbeck.
Virgin Australia Group General Manager Cargo, Glen Moloney said the airline was thrilled to have played a part in reuniting the much-loved sausage dog with her family after many months and thousands of kilometres apart.
“During these difficult times it’s nice to be able to put a smile on someone’s face and I know it was a real joy for our team to come to the rescue,”
Glen Moloney, Virgin Australia Group General Manager Cargo
Pip is now back home, safe and sound, in Sydney.
We think she’s pretty stoked.
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