Delighted to get our Buster back
Yorkshire terrier found 20 miles away
A FAMILY enjoyed an emotional reunion with a beloved puppy following an extensive search operation.
Louise Wheelwright and daughter Lauren were out walking their two Yorkshire terrier puppies Buster and Tilly in Thorney Park, Iver, last month when the dogs spotted a rabbit and ran after it into some bushes.
The pair were called back but only Tilly returned, with no sign of Buster, despite repeated calls.
Mrs Wheelwright’s husband Lee who had been at the family home in Archie Close, West Drayton, went along to the park to join in the search but there was still no sign of Buster.
He said: “We called and called him for over two hours, climbing through thick bramble bushes and searching a nearby motorway hard shoulder in case he had made his way onto the highway and been hit by a car.
The search continued into the late evening and the family eventually had to give up hope for the day before resuming the next morning.
Mr Wheelwright added: “We didn’t really sleep all night and returned to the park at 6.30am where we were joined by a force of family, friends and even strangers.
“There were friends who had travelled over 20 miles to help us look, friends with cutters and shovels to help dig if we did find him stuck in a rabbit hole, people even bought their dogs over to help sniff him out and so many people shared my post on Facebook.”
The search continued all day, with the family eventually accepting that Buster may not be seen again.
However, new hope was given when a call to the family home from a vet in Battersea said that a dog matching Buster’s description had arrived there.
The family drove to the site, where they were delighted to discover Buster waiting for them.
Mr Wheelwright said: “We couldn’t believe it was actually him. We were told that a Polish woman had found him near to a very busy road, and that she had stopped and picked him up.
“Apparently she had very broken English so we’re not sure why she took him to Battersea but we are so grateful to her.
“We really thought that we had lost him, and we’re so pleased that he’s back
FOUND: Lee Wheelwright and 17-year-old daughter Lauren, with dog Tilly, reunited with their lost dog Buster home and safe.
“We would love to thank the lady who found him. We’re also really grateful for everyone who joined in the search. We’d never have found Buster without them.”