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Lost and Happily Reunited

Did you hear the news today about a the lost and happily reunited pet? A Sprocker Spaniel went missing in Chessington, Kingston-upon-Thames about 6 years ago and because the dog was microchipped the owners were alerted by a Vets close to Reading. I love a happy ending, don’t you?

I recently photographed a lovely cat who is now 18 years old and still going strong who had a similar story. Buster went missing in July 2006 when his owners were still living in the Pantiles. This was before social media where you can quickly post a search post in Facebook! Do you remember those times? Emma, the owner, put posters up, put leaflets through doors and put an ad in the Courier! When I asked Emma what particular action had the most results, she said placing the ad in the Courier, sadly this also led her to many wild goose chases and crushed hopes!

After a year they moved house having accepted to never see Buster again. Buster was never forgotten, but as time passed they took in two rescue cats.

Fast forward to January 2012 and Emma receives a phone call from a Vet about 15 miles away who found Buster, identified by his Microchip. Yeah! Another lost and happily reunited furry friend!

Here is Emma’s top tip: Keep your Microchip details up to date and don’t give up looking!

As Busters story was published in a local paper, Emma was contacted by the family Buster lived with for 5 years. They loved him dearly and looked after him very well.

Busters story was also published in Pettales in the Telegraph in January 2012.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Buster the Newspaper Celebrity!

 

 

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Lost and happily reunited

“Lost and happily reunited”

As mentioned in my last blog, here is the missing pet story of Claire Witz who runs MIB Network, a successful local Networking Group for mums in business for Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks (www.mibnetwork.org.uk)  and Qalbi   (www.qalbi.co.uk) making personalised vintage map gifts.

Their dog is a previous stray rescue from Romania and was very used to taking himself for a walk. It is not unusual for her neighbours to text Claire to tell her that they saw her dog running around in their garden and Claire had to chase after him.

I asked her:

Q: “What was the longest your dog went missing?”

Claire: “One day, but that was long enough! It’s incredibly stressful, particularly the first time, as we were waiting for his microchip to be transferred from Romania to us. My kids were beside themselves and we’re all still worried that he will go missing again.”

 

Q: “Were there any particular actions you took that produced results?”

Claire: “Being part of a neighbourhood and school community where a lot of people know your dog helps! Do ask for help, be patient and use social media.”

 

Q: “Have you got any top tips for people in the same situation?”

Claire: “Yes, I didn’t have any clear pictures of my dog in order to post them on FB, it felt like I was wasting time looking for pictures that showed him clearly when I could spend this time to go actively looking for him. I wish I had some professional pictures of him ready to hand.”

 

Thank you for your time Claire sharing this experience with us. It was a pleasure to take pictures of you with your beloved dog. He is such a character! Love him!

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“Lost and happily reunited”

Welcome to my new blog!

You know the feeling, one minute everything is fine and you think “oh, my pet is around somewhere, … . Nothing to worry about, they do this all the time, … ”
And then realisation kicks in and you know your pet is missing! Panic sets in! Frantic searching – what do you do?

You knock on doors, you ask friends for help, you post on local Facebook groups, you ring the local vets, …

The time your pet is missing goes terribly slow almost like slow motion. I know it, I have been there. Both our cats have gone missing for days on separate occasions. Your heart skips some beats, you don’t know when to tell the kids or even how. It is an agonising experience to say the least! Thoughts like “Was this the last time I saw my pet alive?” crosses your mind.

Luckily on both occasions we were happily reunited with our cats. One cat was stuck up a tree, finding him 3 days after he went missing, and we had to get him down in a daring rescue operation involving a ladder and a 40ft drop the other side of the tree. To my husband it felt more like a 100ft drop as he suffers from vertigo! The other cat returned after about a week on his own accord, he was just a lot slimmer!

In the forthcoming months I will blog about people with similar experiences.

Contact me if you would like to have professional pictures of your beloved pet commissioned.