A WOMAN who spent three years pining for her missing pooch has finally had a tail-wagging reunion – after the dog was found 120 miles away.
Carol Williams was distraught when her beloved Bichon Frise Candy disappeared from her city back garden in July 2009.
Despite extensive searches and appeals, there was no trace of the little white dog.
Carol had given up hope of ever seeing her again. Then this week, out of the blue, she had a call from a dog warden Cathy Ede-Morley near Eastbourne, Sussex.
Cathy had picked up a tatty and grubby Bichon Frise as a stray and looked on the lost dogs.com website to see if she could trace an owner.
“The only dog I could find matching the description had been reported missing more than three years ago from Milton Keynes. But we thought it was worth a try so we rang the owner.”
Carol was sent a photograph of the friendly little dog – and recognised it immediately.
“I could not believe it,” she said. “I had no doubt that this was Candy.”
Carol and her husband drove to Sussex for an emotional reunion.
“As soon as she picked Candy up, the dog curled her paws around her arm. She had always done that with Carol apparently,” said Cathy.
This week Candy has settled into her former home as though she has never been away. She is following Carol around the house and sleeping on her bed in her old position.
“We are so happy to have her back,” said Carol.
It is still a mystery as to how Candy ended up in Eastbourne and theft has not been ruled out.