A Dundee woman has been reunited with her lost dog after camping out for five days over the festive period to find her.
College lecturer Jennifer Jones, 33, was visiting her parents for a day in Alloway, Ayrshire, with her two greyhounds, Rosie and Mini.
However, she had to unexpectedly extend her visit after Rosie — a Spanish rescue street dog adopted just two weeks ago — jumped over a fence at her parents’ house and vanished on Boxing Day.
Jennifer, from the West End, set up a Facebook group to log sightings of the greyhound-Podenco cross around Alloway. It gathered 600 members in a matter of days.
More than a dozen sightings were reported by locals, and Jennifer said she couldn’t thank them enough for their support.
She said: “I felt like I was in a film sometimes. People turned up with infrared sight scopes to help. It was so surreal. My body clock is upside down and I’ve only had about two hours sleep today. I can’t believe we got her.”
She and her family carried out several late-night searches to no avail. With the days ticking by, she sought the expertise of dog search groups Harvey’s Army and Lost Dog Glasgow, who provided voluntary assistance and equipment such as traps to help track Rosie down.
After closing in on a location where Rosie had been seen several times, Jennifer camped outdoors for five days — including during the bells at New Year.
Then, on Wednesday, a small miracle — within an hour of re-setting the trap at Belleisle Park, close to her parents’ home, Rosie was found. Jennifer said she owed social media a small debt, after her search was brought to the attention of thousands across the world.
She said: “I’ve got a background in running campaigns on social media, but if this hadn’t worked we could have been in a worse situation. But I knew I had to be in this for the long game. We put our lives on hold to find her.”
And the good news is that, other than some worn paws from running around for days, Rosie is doing fine — pending a medical at the vet. To thank the charities that came to her aid, Jennifer has launched an online fundraiser to support dog search charities, which has raised more than £800 at the time of going to press.
It can be viewed at gofundme.com/find-rosie-lost-podenco-fund.