A Border Collie separated from his owner along a creek-side path is the 50,000th dog that DogLost has helped to reunite.
Sam was running along a footpath that leads to Godrevy beach in Cornwall with fellow Collies when owner Lorraine Sharpe suddenly realised he was nowhere to be seen. Terrified he had slipped into the water and been washed away, Lorraine turned to DogLost for some help.
The Cornwall team – headed by Area Co-ordinator, Maxine Young – swung into action making sure that Lorraine got the advice that was needed and that Sam’s details were shared around the locality through the website’s automated service, social media and local contacts.
For Lorraine it was a long and worrying night, and a search of the beach by volunteers in the morning failed to reveal Sam.
But good news came later in the day from a couple who run a remote b & b at Nanterrow Farm. Said Lorraine: “Sam was found sitting where their old Border Collie, Billy, is buried and they believe that he was led there by the spirit of their old dog.”
Sam is the spitting image of Billy in looks, temperament and personality. When owner, Glyn, came home, Sam just tucked in beside him like Billy used to. Continued Lorraine: “ When Glyn looked down he thought he’d seen a ghost ! So we are really thanking Billy for guiding Sam to his lovely owners.”
Like most owners, Lorraine is so grateful to DogLost, its network of volunteers and helpers, and of course, in this instance, the spirit of Billy. “Thank you so, so much for everything that everyone did to find him., continued Lorraine. “I met people on the beach who came out specifically to look for him and I’m eternally gratefully to have him home and safe and cared for.”
Dog owners are encouraged to pre-register their dogs with DogLost and take away some of the stress involved when a dog gets lost or stolen. The simple process can be done online at www.doglost.co.uk and is entirely free.