A beloved dog that mysteriously vanished from a garden 10 years ago has been reunited with her family.
Jack Russell Crumpet was only three months old when she went missing from owner Sarah Covell’s home a decade ago but has now amazingly returned.
She was found by a vet close to the house in Sherborne, Dorset, who recognised her and alerted Sarah.
Crumpet went missing from the family garden while playing with 13-year-old fellow dog Totty in October 2010, SomersetLive reports.
Ms Covell, 57, had left the dogs while tending to the family horses in an adjoining yard and when she returned Crumpet was gone.
Despite conducting an extensive search and issuing a reward of £300 for Crumpet’s safe return, Ms Covell, as well as her husband and two daughters, gave up a year after she had gone missing.
However, Ms Covell received a call from an emergency vet earlier this month to say that Crumpet had been found on a golf course a few miles from her home.
Ms Covell described her reaction to the news as “slight disbelief”.
She said: “It is a bit miraculous that she’s come back into our lives. Every day we’re thinking it’s lovely that she’s here, it’s lovely that we’ve got her.”
Ms Covell noted that Crumpet has changed somewhat since she was a puppy.
She said: “We didn’t even know if we would recognise her, knowing that 11 years had gone by.
“Obviously as soon as we saw her when she came out to us, there she was wiggling around and wagging her tail.”
She also noted that the “saddest thing” about Crumpet’s reappearance is that whoever had her has clearly not looked after her and she needs “quite a lot” of medical work.
She said: “Her ears were very infected, really inflamed with massive growths in them.
“She had an operation on Monday and they said she is completely deaf, poor little thing. If she was taken to the vets earlier, she definitely wouldn’t be deaf now.
“I think she’s been neglected, it’s criminal they’ve left her ears like that because that is easily solved. She’s going to have to be on steroids now for the rest of her life.”
Ms Covell said it would have been “very unusual” for Crumpet to slip out of the house, as she was attached to my older dog.
She said: “They were like a little twosome. So it was very unlike her to have wandered off, but she was very friendly and I probably wouldn’t have heard if anyone came up my drive.
“It’s really, really weird. We went everywhere, I mean literally everywhere.
“We started driving around, we went to the village, we went down the valleys, that week we made flyers, put them up and I got hold of the Dogs Lost lady.
“Then I got on to my microchip company and the vets and everybody. And nothing, absolutely nothing, she just vanished.
“The girls were really upset because we went to choose her and two weeks later we went to pick her up.”
Despite not knowing what Crumpet’s been through, Ms Covell says she still has her sweet nature.
She also stressed the importance of getting pets microchipped to avoid such instances.