May 25, 2018
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Puppy traveling home with Bangor police arrives in Maine

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Officers Daniel Place and Jordan Perry meet Tessa, the 14-week-old rescue puppy they shuttled from Virginia to her new owner in Maine.
By Callie Ferguson, BDN Staff

A puppy that hitched a ride from Virginia to Maine with Bangor police has made it home to her new owner.

The canine carpool captured headlines last week when two officers agreed to shuttle Tessa, a 14-week-old rescue border collie, from Arlington, Virginia, to a Waldoboro woman who adopted her but was unable to pick her up herself.

“The PPPCPP (Perfect PoPo Christmas Puppy Pass-off) was completed this evening. In a dark parking lot just off Interstate 95,” Lt. Tim Cotton wrote Sunday on the department’s Facebook Page. “Perry and Place met Chris and Nick. She was happier with the delivery than we expected.”

Officers Daniel Place and Jordan Perry had been on the road since Monday, carrying wreaths south to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a Saturday Wreaths Across America ceremony. When Lt. Cotton documented their road trip on Facebook, the Waldoboro woman, identified only as “Chris,” asked the officers for their help.

“Some of her kids and their families are serving this country far away from Maine this year,” Cotton wrote. “The puppy was her only Christmas present, and for a time it did not appear that she would be able to get Tessa home anytime soon.”

Tessa was a good traveler, Cotton added, who “[did] not appear to mind riding in the back of a police cruiser.”

“I suspect Tessa is home in Waldoboro tonight, somewhat confused by all that has happened in such a short period of time,” he said. “She will surely thrive in our weather, smell the Balsams, sniff the snow, become a best friend to Chris. It won’t take very long.”

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