Bonnie, the cocker spaniel, was stolen in May 2014, and that devastated her owners, Simon Hall and Caroline. It has been six years, and the couple had already given up hope of seeing their dog ever again.
However, a few weeks ago, Simon received a surprising call from a dog warden, saying someone found Bonnie in a park on November 19. A day before Bonnie’s 10th birthday, she got reunited with her parents in Norfolk, 200 miles away from their home in Durham.
Caroline said that what happened was a bit surreal. Although she had given up hope a couple of years ago, Caroline still regularly checks all lost dog sites.
Bonnie had not been under their care for years, so Caroline prepared herself for the fact that the pup might look bad. To her surprise, Bonnie was looking fine. Caroline commended the vets for taking good care of her dog.
It is believed that the thief took Bonnie to breed. According to Terrington St. John Veterinary Center, where the pup had a hysterectomy a few days ago, Bonnie must have had her most recent litter within the last two months.
Simon could not bear thinking about what Bonnie must have been through. He only takes comfort in the fact that they finally got her back, and for a few more years, they can shower her with love, care, and attention.
Caroline Trigg from Fenland District Council and Ravenswood Pet Rescue felt wonderful to reunite Bonnie and her owners. Caroline has seen dogs that went missing in the morning and returned in the afternoon or after a few days. However, this was the first time she came across a pup that had been gone for this long.
Caroline believes that Bonnie had a hard time when she was used for breeding. Someone made lots of money out of the pup, which made Caroline sad. During those six years, Bonnie was undoubtedly never taken to the vet. Otherwise, they would have read her chip.
The Halls will introduce Bonnie to their new dog, Jessie, once they get back home. They plan on spending a quiet night in front of the fire. They said that, probably, Bonnie’s birthday would be a quiet one, too.
Credit: Rob Groves