A FAMILY who feared they may never see their missing dog again have spoken of their joy after she was found at a chip shop nearly 30 miles away.
Three-year-old Teasel, a border terrier cross patterdale, went missing from the Freeman family’s back garden in Padgham Lane, Dallington, on August 26.
Convinced little Teasel had been stolen, her distraught owners scoured Sussex and Kent, following up reported sightings in Robertsbridge, Brightling, Staplehurst and Cranbrook.
Although these leads drew a blank, the family refused to give up hope and last Thursday (December 6) they got the call they had been waiting for.
Teasel had been found wandering outside a chip shop in Burgess Hill, miles away from where she was last seen.
Martyn Jupp, of Jupps Fish and Chips, took the dog in and gave her sausages before handing her over to Cootes Vets.
Luckily Teasel was microchipped and quickly reunited with her delighted owners.
Ginny Freeman said: “It was amazing. When the girl rang up I could not believe it actually. We were so lucky.”
Teasel was dirty and riddled with fleas when found, but after a good bath there is no shortage of visitors waiting to see the young pup.
Ginny said: “She’s had a stream of visitors - she’s like a celebrity now!
“She’s very happy to be home.”
The family do not believe that Teasel ran away.
Ginny said: “We believe she was stolen. She did not get to Burgess Hill on her own.”
She added: “I never gave up hope because one thing Teasel is quite good at is escaping.
“My one hope was that she would escape and someone like the man from the chip shop would find her.”
Ginny said she never gave up hope that Teasel would be found.
She said: “It’s important not to give up hope.
“I would not have got her back if she was not microchipped. Microchipping is so important. It’s not expensive.”
The Freemans thanked everyone who helped in the search for Teasel, including DogLost.co.uk, a website set up with the aim of helping trace lost and stolen dogs.