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WINNIE’S RESCUERS: How Radlett dog trainers and the community helped reunite missing dog with owners

 Published on: 13th October 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Village dog trainers, Paw Behaviour, have thanked the Radlett and wider community for helping them find a missing local dog.

Winnie the Cavapoo went missing from St Albans on Monday, September 28, after bolting from her first day at doggy day care and was lost for six days before she was found near the Ventura Park Industrial Estate.

Radlett-based Paw Behaviour, who have a number of sniffer dogs, volunteered to help reunite Winnie with her owners, Frances Haycock and her partner, Adam Wheeler, straight after she went missing. 

But Paw Behaviour owners, Rosie and Sue Sutcliffe, say they simply couldn’t have done it without the help of residents.

Rosie said: “Radlett showed amazing community spirit both online and by joining our search parties. We had a media campaign running, telling people to look out for Winnie and call us if they found anything, which ended up leading us to her.

“We also had around 30-40 people, with different faces each day, join our search parties until she was found, and many of those people were from Radlett, and the Park Street and Frogmore areas.”

Despite Winnie being missing for six days, Rosie said she was never in doubt about finding her.

She added: “After no sightings in the first few days, we knew she’d gone to ground, meaning she was in survival mode and staying hunkered down somewhere to keep warm and get food. 

“It was stressful finding her, but when she was reunited with her owners, it was just pure joy and happiness. It was such a magical moment, with so many tears.”

Picture credit: Sue Sutcliffe

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