Animal Antics: Sausage dog reunited with Dagenham family
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 October 2014
A shy sausage dog has been reunited with his owners after they spent five nights fearing for his safety.
Both Martine Gorecki, 34, and her autistic son, Seth, 11, were “over the moon” to discover that their little dog had been found.
Although Ketchup doesn’t like to do much walking and is usually carried around in a bag, he helps Eastbook School pupil Seth feel safe at night by sleeping at the end of his bed.
So he was devastated after Ketchup ran off when Martine’s mum, Linda, took him for a walk in Goresbrook Park on Thursday last week.
“She let him off the lead and he just vanished into nowhere, all of a sudden,” Martine said.
“I was told at about 8pm and it affected Seth really badly because Ketchup helps him to sleep in his own room at night as he gets so scared.”
After numerous fruitless attempts to find him, Martine stuck up posters in the streets around her home in Purlane Close, Dagenham, and uploaded posts onto social media and the Dog Lost and Animal Search UK websites in a desperate attempt to track him down.
But the phone only rang with the news they had been waiting for on Tuesday, as Martine and Seth were about to eat their dinner.
A dog walker had found Ketchup in the Goresbrook Park and took him to the Good Friends Vets in Broad Street, Dagenham, where a microchip revealed his owners’ details.
“We took a cab and went straight to get him because we couldn’t wait any longer,” Martine, 34, said.
“He is such a lovely dog and although he’s been a little bit snappy since he has been back, we’re just so happy to have him home.”
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