De­lighted to get our Buster back

York­shire ter­rier found 20 miles away

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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