Buster fi­nally makes it back home

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BUSTER the puppy has had an emo­tional re­u­nion with a West Dray­ton fam­ily af­ter van­ish­ing while out for a walk.

Louise Wheel­wright and her daugh­ter Lau­ren were walk­ing Buster and fel­low York­shire ter­rier Tilly in Thorney Park, Iver, last month when the dogs spot­ted a rab­bit and ran af­ter it into some bushes.

Only Tilly re­turned, de­spite re­peated calls for Buster.

Mrs Wheel­wright’s hus­band Lee who had been at the fam­ily home in Archie Close, West Dray­ton, joined in the search.

He said: “We called and called 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.”

Af­ter search­ing all day the Wheel­wrights had to ac­cept that Buster may not be seen again and broke the news to their three chil­dren. Then came a call to the fam­ily home from a vet in Bat­tersea who said 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 lady had found him near to a very busy road, and 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 home and safe.”

The Wheel­wrights would like to track down the lady who found Buster in or­der to thank her. Email jack.abell@ trin­i­tymir­ror.com if you have in­for­ma­tion.

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