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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Dog reunited with Carlisle owners after going missing for five months

A dog who had been missing for five months has been reunited with his owner after popping up on Facebook.

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Back home: Bob, pictured with family friend Natalie Scott, has been reunited with his owners for the New Year after being spotted on the Wetheral Animal Refuge website

Darren Ellis, 30, of Denton Holme, Carlisle, thought he had lost pet dog Bob for good after he went missing and attempts to find him failed.

But unbeknown to Mr Ellis – who hoped he’d been taken in by a family – the seven-year-old Patterdale cross was found wandering the streets.

Exactly what happened is a mystery but in October he ended up at the Animal Refuge, near Wetheral, where he has been cared for since.

Staff named him Jigsaw, as they had no idea where he had come from, and started looking for a new home for him.

Then on Saturday, a friend of Mr Ellis spotted Bob’s picture on the refuge’s Facebook page. “They tagged me in the picture and said they thought it was Bob. I couldn’t believe it.

“I was ecstatic but also felt quite guilty. He looked a lot older than when he went missing and I had no idea he’d been there all this time. I’ve had him since he was a pup.”

Mr Ellis and his girlfriend Racheal Dixon, who is expecting their baby in March, contacted the refuge the next day and arranged a visit.

Annette Granger, acting director at the refuge, said Mr Ellis gave a very detailed description of the dog and they were happy it was his.

However because he’d been at the refuge for so long he was legally their dog. In order to take him back Mr Ellis had to go through the full re-homing process, but he said it was worth it to get Bob back.

He picked him up on New Year’s Eve with friend Natalie Scott, and said seeing him again had made his year.

“When we saw him at the refuge he ran straight up to us and jumped on my knee. He was excited to be home.

“Since we got him back he’s been quite quiet but is coming round now. He’s been through a lot of change. We also have another dog now so we have to reintroduce them gradually.

“The refuge have done a great job with him. He’s in great condition. I can’t thank them enough,” added Mr Ellis.

The refuge has almost 60 dogs and 30 cats needing new homes following a surge in pets being abandoned over Christmas. It is also appealing for bedding – including blankets, duvets and towels – to help keep them all warm.

To help, phone 01228 560082 or visit www.animalrefuge.co.uk.

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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