Scooby was adopted by his family when he was just a few months old, some 15 years ago. When he wandered out of their garage one day when they returned from grocery shopping, they decided to adopt him after scanning him for a microchip and discovering none. Scooby has been infatuated with everyone in his family since then, and he tells them every day.
Scooby’s father, Brian Peter, told The Dodo, “He is loyal.” “We spend a lot of time outside, and no matter what we’re doing, he’s constantly at our side stalking us.”
Peter and his family live on a property that originally belonged to his great-grandparents. He, his wife and their kids live in one house and his parents live in another, and in order to make sure he gets to spend time with everyone, Scooby travels back and forth between the two houses almost every day. He always takes the same route — and has walked it so many times that he’s left a permanent path indented in the grass.
“I first saw it in the summer of 2020 while mowing lawn,” Peter explained. “Since then, it has gradually evolved into a little trench.” It was amusing to me. He was obviously a creature of habit.”
The route is a visual expression of Scooby’s passion for spending time with his entire family, and they enjoy seeing it every day and seeing him run back and forth along it.
“He spends a lot of time on the back porch since my parents are retired and spend around 85 percent of their waking hours there,” Peter explained. “On their back porch, [Scooby] has his own recliner. So, when my wife and I are at work and the kids are in school, he is there pretty much all day. When we arrive home, he’ll return to our house… I’ve noticed that he doesn’t follow any form of routine. He walks back and forth on his path numerous times a day, in my opinion. He enjoys patrolling the land.”
Scooby will go off his path occasionally, but for the most part, he sticks to it. He knows exactly where it’s going to take him, into the arms of his loving family, so he’s never had a reason not to follow it.