The Incredible Journey
The animals’ owners, the Hunters, leave to go to England for several months because Jim, the father, is scheduled to give a series of university lectures there. They leave their pets in the care of John Longridge, a family friend and godfather of their daughter, Elizabeth. One day, after John Longridge leaves for a two-week duck hunting trip, the animals, feeling the lack of their human helpers, set out to try to find their owners, the Hunters. Mr. Oakes, who is taking care of Longridges’ home, does not find the animals and thinks that John must have taken them with him. The animals follow their instincts and head west, towards home, nearly 300 miles away. They face many obstacles in their path; from rivers to irritable people, but nonetheless, they struggle bravely on, until they finally reach home.