Savannah is her name. She resides in the state of New Jersey. She embarked on a trek across the globe with her owner, Tom Turcich, seven years ago, covering nearly 40 countries and covering 28,583 miles. The two of them finished the experience by walking into New Jersey on Saturday. Turcich became the tenth person to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. Savannah, on the other hand, is the first dog to do so.
Savannah has had a fascinating life. Turcich rescued her as a puppy from a Texas shelter. She’s spent her entire life on the road, never understanding what it’s like to truly get to know a place. The world’s most traveled dog will finally come to a halt, turn around three or five times, and retire to her home.
Turcich set sail at the age of 26. When two of Turcich’s boyhood friends died unexpectedly when he was a youngster, he realized that life is unpredictable, often brief, and doesn’t wait for you. He desired to move, explore, and experience new things. So, in his early twenties, he gathered money and, just before his birthday, packed his belongings and began traveling southeast.
“It was difficult at first,” his mother said. Catherine remembers watching her kid grieve and then embarking on a life-changing journey with no end in sight. “He was so inexperienced… I was thinking to myself, “What is he getting himself into?” But as he got through South America, I saw he knew what he was doing, and I bought into it and accepted it.”
Turcich set out on his journey alone, but after a few restless nights and some loneliness on the road, he decided to find a canine companion. Savannah was waiting for him when he pulled into an Austin shelter. It was just a few months old when it was found abandoned on the side of a Texas highway. Turcich had tracked down his pal.
It was meant to be a five-year journey in one piece. However, due to COVID constraints, illnesses, and bureaucratic roadblocks, Tircuch and Savannah had to become creative and piece together a route that circled the globe (you can view his route at theworldwalk.com, but you’ll need to become a Patreon member to access it).
Savannah came close to passing away in South America due to illness. She was held up at knifepoint with Turcich. In the jungles, the two had to deal with scorching temperatures. Despite this, Savanah continued to walk with Turcich.
“In Peru, there were days when we’d be traveling in the desert and I’d be dragging because the days were so dull… Turcich told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I remember staring down at Savannah, wondering how she feels.”
“However, she runs the 24 miles, eight hours a day, without complaining, and her tail is always held high.” She’s a consummate pro.”