THE owners of a puppy Pug that disappeared nine months ago were overwhelmed when they heard he had been found . . . In Coventry!
Nicola Drury and her sons Tyler, Jack, and Mason were devastated last October when they realised that their dog Winston had gone missing.
After appealing for his safe return for months and hearing nothing back, they were close to giving up on the idea of him ever coming home.
However the family’s doubts were cast aside yesterday when they received a call from a dog warden that he had been found.
Nicola said: “I was crying my eyes out when i found out he was safe.
“I couldn’t believe he has made it all the way to Coventry.”
Winston was found looking a little worse for wear and was taken to Companion Care vets centre for a health check before returning to his home on Ferry Street in Stapenhill.
Nicola added: “Whoever he’s been with hasn’t been looking after him very well.
“He’s got something wrong with his eyes and lots of scratches and bald patches in his fur.
“He was wearing a pink collar too which makes me think maybe somebody knew he was missing and was trying to disguise him as a girl.
“We’re just so glad to have him home and he remembered us too, he jumped all over the kids when he saw them.”
Nicola and the nurses at Companion Care agreed that putting a microchip in a pet drastically increases the chances of them being found if they ever get lost and reccommended that all pets have one implanted.
Head nurse claire McCarthy said: “For the sake of £15 it’s definitely worth having one put in a cat or dog.”
Winston was treated for various minor problems, but in the end left the vets with his tail wagging.
His vet, Beatriz Moreno, said: “He’s a very lucky dog.
“He’s lost a little weight and has a couple of issues but i expect he’ll make a full recovery in a few weeks.”
Now all Winston needs to do is put his paws up and get some rest - and maybe a few treats along the way.