Rover’s return – Family reunited with missing dog – after two years
Andy Passant, Evening Gazette
A much-loved family pet amazed her owners by turning up more than two years after she went missing.
Bull mastiff Tia vanished from outside her Stockton home in September 2004.
The dog’s disappearance was a devastating blow for owners Charlotte and Peter Grainge.
The couple, from Stockton, had only just got married at the time and postponed their honeymoon while they made desperate efforts to find their pet.
They walked the streets looking for her, handed out hundreds of flyers and put up posters, but to no avail.
As time went on, their hopes faded.
The couple never did have a honeymoon as Charlotte fell pregnant after that.
But incredibly Tia has turned up safe and well more than two years later.
The mystery was solved with the help of Chloe Edmondson, of Grange Veterinary Surgery in Norton.
Chloe took a phone call to say the dog had been found and managed to track down her owners because the animal was micro-chipped.
She said: “If the dog hadn’t been chipped they probably would not have got her back. Having a microchip does help in a big way.”
Happily the dog has now been reunited with Charlotte and Peter and their children, Emily, 12, and 11-year-old Demi.
The much-missed pet has also got to meet newcomer Jack, who is 16-months-old.
Charlotte, 34, of Londonderry Road, Stockton, said: “It is absolutely amazing. We are over the moon. We are all just walking around crying and smiling.
“She is just as lovely as she was.”
She was found in Hartlepool last month.
Charlotte said: “We don’t know whether she has been there all the time.
“She has got a really nasty scar on her side. There were still stitches in.”
Asked if they had given up hope of ever finding her, Charlotte said: “I still had a little bit of hope but it was upsetting all the time. I tried not to think about it. We still talked about her.”