Dog Runs Away, Walks More Than a Mile to Check Himself Into N.C. Day Care Center

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Riley, a 5-year-old golden retriever from North Carolina, loves day care so much that he recently walked over a mile to get there.

Meet Riley, a 5-year-old golden retriever, who just loves day care. (Courtesy Happy Dog Cafe Daycare)

Meet Riley, a 5-year-old golden retriever, who just loves day care. (Courtesy Happy Dog Cafe Daycare)

The only problem was, Riley wasn't supposed to be there.

He was supposed to be in the backyard of the Mostellers -- where Tonia Mosteller left him when she went to run errands.

The great escape

The great escape happened last Friday in the small town of Belmont.

Earlier that day, Mosteller and Riley ran into a group of dogs from the daycare during their morning walk.

"Riley was crying because he loves to play, he loves happy dogs," Mosteller said.

He whined all the way home.

So, later, when Mosteller went off on her run, Riley lifted the latch on the backyard gate.

And just like that -- he was daycare-bound.

"We walk Riley everyday, typically through town, and sometimes we will stop by the daycare," Mosteller told CNN. "Riley knows his way around town."

The happy resolution

At the Happy Dog Café, Riley is a familiar face. He's been a regular there off and on for all his life.

"We noticed a dog sitting outside waiting to be let in," owner Teresa McCarter said.

She knew the face well.

"Oh my gosh, it's Riley," she recalled exclaiming.

McCarter called the Mostellers to let them know about the doggie dropin.

"Of course," she said, "he stayed for free."