Man travels 1,500 miles to adopt puppy

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PORTLAND, Maine — A New England man was so enamored by a shelter dog he saw on the Internet that he bought a one-way ticket to Minneapolis, adopted the puppy and is now couch-hopping on the 1,500-mile trek back home.

Joel Carpenter, of Portland, Maine, found Sadie online and flew out last week to rescue the dog. But he only had enough money for the flight to Minnesota to pick up the collie, German shepherd and husky mix. Sadie was picked up as a stray and landed in the shelter at 3 months old.

Now, the 23-year-old says he’s hitching rides, sleeping on couches and posting on Craigslist for help to get home.

By Wednesday, Carpenter and Sadie were on their way to Detroit and hoped to be home within a week.