Unless you have owned a pet of your own, it can be difficult to understand the deep-seated love that the process can entail. One of the most ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ things a pet owner can undergo is having that pet go ᴍɪssɪɴɢ. In these moments, you are immediately filled with ғᴇᴀʀ, ɢᴜɪʟᴛ, and sᴀᴅɴᴇss. A pet owner will often stop at nothing to get their beloved animal back.
Alan Whitton 49, Essex resident cried tears of relief as his Jack Russell, Mitzi was found in a ғᴏx ʜᴏʟᴇ after being ᴍɪssɪɴɢ for 50 hours. Whitton, has always had a soft spot for animals. Despite being a life coach by trade, he’ll coyly admit that he prefers the company of animals. Last year, Alan had to undergo the sᴜғғᴇʀɪɴɢ of having a pet ᴘᴀss. When Tinker had to be put down, Alan was ᴅɪsᴛʀᴀᴜɢʜᴛ. His only refuge during this time was his other dog, a Jack Rusell mix dubbed ‘Mitzi.’ Having both ʟᴏsᴛ a friend, they spent a lot of time together trying to console the other. Through this bonding, the pair became inseparable. Whitton said:” I call her my business partner because she is always with me, by my side.” But ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅʏ sᴛʀɪᴋᴇs again when 1-year-old Mitzi, when Whitton had taken Mitzi walk around Knighton Wood the pup was ᴄʜᴀsᴇᴅ by a Basset Hound and didn’t return.
The life therapy coach spent the rest of the day desperately scouring the area for the Jack Russell, leaving at 6.30pm, before returning with his wife and two children an hour later. As this was the first time Mitzi had ever gone ᴍɪssɪɴɢ, Whitton couldn’t help but think the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ. The dog-lover said he was unable to sleep all night as he ‘thought she was going to ᴅɪᴇ’ in the cold weather. ‘It was ʜᴇʟʟɪsʜ,’ he explained. The search continued but no luck, so he started plastering the area with ᴍɪssɪɴɢ posters, hoping the community will help him find his pet. Whitton drop off ᴍɪssɪɴɢ dog leaflets to nearby houses. When all hopes seem ʟᴏsᴛ, he received a call from a dog walker whose house backed onto the woods. She said her dog had been sniffing around a ғᴏxʜᴏʟᴇ, so Whitton ‘dropped everything and went to investigate’. Whitton praying for a miracle went out to the sight and heard a familiar whimpering coming from the hole, it was his Mitzi.
Once he got to the area, he immediately knew he had found Mitzi. He heard the bark of his best friend. But he didn’t know exactly where she was, or if she was ʜᴜʀᴛ. He crawled on his knees until he found the right ᴘᴀssage. Strangers came to help the man to dig up his dog. Whitton said:” I needed shovels, the lady who called me kindly gave me one and I started digging. The people started turning up to help, it was amazing.” Strangers started gathering around and helping dig out the ground. They got shovels and they got to work. It was a difficult process, but they finally managed to pull the ᴜɴ-ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ dog out of the ground. Alan finds Mitzi and grabs her with difficulty but manages to pull her out, he breaks down crying and hugging her the locals are all so happy to witness this emotional reunion, the best thing was the dog wasn’t ʜᴜʀᴛ ᴘʜʏsɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ. Whitton said:” I just broke down, I was overwhelmed with joy and disbelief, I had started to lose hope. It was like a Christmas miracle, all the time it felt like a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from.”
Cheers erupt from those who had stopped to help in the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ mission as Whitton continues to celebrate the return of his beloved pet. Whitton added:” The first thing she did was sᴍᴀsʜher way through a Greggs vegan sausage roll.” Mitzi was later checked over and given the all-clear by a ᴠᴇᴛ, and only needed to have a few ticks removed after the incident.