Madeline Murphy and Paul Durkin had almost given up hope of ever seeing their much-loved family pet Daisy again.
Disappeared in woods
Daisy, a four-year-old Lurcher went missing during a dog walk in Thorndean Wood in Herne Bay.
“Dogs like to go off to have a snuffle about and then come back – that's what she's always done and she walks there all the time,” Madeline told Kent Online.
“But this time she didn't come back. When we turned back to look for her, we couldn't find her.”
Waiting for dog's return
The couple weren't worried at first and thought the pup would eventually appear.
“At first we didn't believe she was lost because we've known other people with dogs who've gone off for eight or nine hours at a time, so we just thought all we had to do was hang about,” Madeline said.
But when Daisy still hadn't appeared, volunteers from Missing Dogs and Strays in Thanet, armed with infrared torches, joined Madeline and Paul to look for Daisy.
No sign of Daisy
Despite hours of searching that evening and over the next few days, there was still no sign of the dog. But the couple were determined to remain optimistic, no matter how hard it was.
“But by Thursday I was starting to feel really upset and Paul was convinced that something terrible had happened to her,” Madeline said.
The family along with volunteers continued to look for Daisy, putting down scent trails, placing wildlife cameras in the wood and putting up posters.
They also got in touch with the local dog wardens and vets in the hope of finding their much-loved pet. Not surprisingly, the family started to give up hope of finding Daisy alive.
But they decided to head out again with a team of 40 volunteers to scour the woods for the pup. And then, emerging from some bracken that was lining out the path, Daisy hobbled into view.
The poor dog had broken her leg and she was very dehydrated.
“Although people had spotted her, Paul didn't really believe it,” Madeline said. “I saw her go up to him and jump up and I was just really joyful. We think she must have been hunkered down somewhere and presumably, she could smell food and hear Paul's whistle."
A member of the search team filmed Madeline and Paul's emotional reunion with Daisy.
Lost for 7 nights in Thornden woods Daisy is finally found ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ huge well done to everyone.Posted by Steve Bushell on Sunday, January 12, 2020
“Everyone was just wonderful; we couldn't believe the response we had on social media. It restores your faith in humanity.”
Despite her ordeal, Daisy is now back with her loving family after surgery on her leg.
Welcome home, Daisy.