Homesick dog escapes daycare and runs home, rings doorbell while owners are on vacation

Dogs are intelligent, but some dogs’ intelligence could lead to trouble. Dexter, a five-year-old dog from Dexter, is one example.

Sarah Henson (Jeremy Henson) and Dexter had taken a week-long vacation in Las Vegas in February. Dexter was set up at a local dog daycare in Lenexa, Kansas, before they left for their trip.


Dexter began to feel homesick after only five days. He ran two miles back to his home after escaping from his kennel.

He arrived at an empty house and made his presence felt by pawing on its doorbell. Jeremy received a notification on his Ring phone, and was shocked to find that Dexter was at their front door.

“So, we’re in Zion National Park/Vegas this week & Dexter is staying at a local doggy day care,” he posted on Facebook. “Imagine our surprise when he rang our ring doorbell!”

Dexter the dog trying to get through the front door of his home

Dexter is often accompanied by Jeremy on long walks. As it turned out, Dexter had been paying attention and had mapped out the area.

The footage shows him trying desperately to get his hands around the doorknob in order to let himself in.

“He was bound and determined,” Jeremy told Inside Edition. “Obviously, he didn’t understand the fact that we were gone, he just thought that we were home. And he takes his job protecting us very seriously.”

Jeremy immediately called the daycare when he received the notification.

Dexter the dog trying to get through the front door of his home

“It didn’t surprise me that he was on our front steps. I was just concerned that they didn’t know, so I called them,” he told WDAF-TV.

Jeremy was told by the pet-care staff that Dexter jumped over a 6-foot fence in order to escape and return home.

“He has been kenneled in the past, and hasn’t had too many issues. His older little brother has passed away. I think he used to be fine hanging out there with him,” Jeremy said.

Jeremy was able speak to him through the Ring camera’s two-way talk function until a friend arrived to pick him up. It was particularly difficult to get him to a warm place that night, as there was a snowstorm approaching.

Dexter the dog resting on his bed

“We adopted Dexter to be a watchdog for my wife while I traveled, and he takes that job VERY seriously, so that’s probably why he was so determined to come home,” Jeremy said.

He clarified that they weren’t holding anything against the daycare, and the couple also didn’t name it to protect the facility from any backlash. They believe that the workers did their best.

“This is a story of a good boy who just wanted to come home and make sure we were ok,” Jeremy said. “Because that’s his day job and he’s extremely dedicated.”

After this incident, Jeremy’s appreciation for the Ring camera doorbell has grown immensely.

Jeremy Henson on the floor hugging his dog Dexter

“Previously, it made me feel safe knowing that whenever anyone came to our doorstep, we would be notified of it,” he said. “But now, I truly believe that the Ring Doorbell saved my dog’s life.”

“Without it, he may have been stuck outside and wouldn’t have been able to find a warm spot to stay safe,” he added.

After arriving home, Dexter shared a picture of himself with his beloved dog—who obviously missed him very much.

“Dex was a little skittish at first but once he realized it was us he was VERY happy to see us,” he wrote.

This adorable story is featured in the video below, courtesy of KCTV5 News.

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