Sculptor's relief at return of lost dogBy Becky Barnes
January 14, 2013
A nervous rescue dog missing for 24 hours after escaping from an open car window has been reunited with his owners.
When 18-month-old Freddy the Lurcher jumped from a moving car in Harmans Water Road on New Year’s Eve and disappeared his owners Eve and David Pearce feared the worst.
Eve, 72, a sculptor, who lives in the grounds of the Downshire Golf Complex, Easthampstead, said: “It was the worst 24 hours of my life - forget having babies.
“There is nothing worse than something you love going missing - we thought he might be hurt or dead.”
The couple, who have produce porcelain dog sculptures for the likes of Elton John, Princess Margaret and the late-Queen Mother, have had Freddy for a month.
Eve said: “He is very frightened of nearly everything - particularly men and cars.
“He had no chance of finding his way back home - we walked in the rain and called his name for three hours.”
Eve and David offered a reward of £100 and enlisted the help of friends and dog-lovers who used online forums and social networking sites to appeal for help.
Hundreds of Twitter users retweeted an urgent appeal for information.
Possible sightings of Freddy included the Waitrose car park in Bond Way and near Premier Inn in Downshire Way but it was not until a phone call at 8.30am on New Year’s Day the couple received good news.
Eve said: “A wonderful woman called Sally in Harmans Water got him into the garden and kept him in a shed overnight.
“She saw the tag on his collar and called us - we were ecstatic, we love him to bits.”
Freddy is the couple’s 15th dog and 8th rescue dog. He was rescued from Cheshire, where he was in a ditch tied to a tree with his brother George, by Lurcher Link.
Lurcher Link volunteer Tj Hart, 39 said: “They were six months old - Fred was a quivering wreck and utterly scared of the world.”
Tj fostered Freddy after he spent a year in kennels before driving a 500-mile round trip to deliver him to his new family.
She said: “It was worth it - Eve and David are the perfect parents for Freddy.
“The fact they have been reunited makes me so happy.”
Eve added: “We were absolutely delighted to get him back and want to thank the kind people who helped us.
“Lurcher Link is a very wonderful network of people and is run completely by volunteers.”
Lurcher Link is a voluntary organisation with an aim to try and save Lurchers’ lives by liaising between rescues, stray pounds and members of the public.
For further information visit www.lurcher.org.