Missing dog Reggie found in Liverpool - 200 miles from home
A dog who was missing for five months has been reunited with his family just in time for Christmas – after being found 200 miles from home.
Three-year-old Chihuahua Reggie disappeared from Mill Hill in London on August 17, leaving his owner Gerald Limerick, 80, devastated.
Despite a huge Facebook appeal there was no sign of him until Saturday – when he was found by animal wardens in Toxteth .
A happy and healthy Reggie was taken to Merseyside Dogs Home in Halewood, an unusual thing to do but so that he could be collected by a relative.
Mr Limerick’s granddaughter Lucy said: “He’s on his way home and we’ve got all of the family coming around to see him. We have another dog called Buddy and he’s going to be really excited.
Lee Limerick was also excited "this is our 80 year old dad's dog. He named him after his best friend, who was killed on his motorbike way back in 1958.We've never seen dad so upset as he was when Reggie went missing. We've never seen him so overwhelmingly happy as he is right now!! Thank you guys"
“We have a family member who lives in Liverpool and he was coming down to London for Christmas so he collected Reggie from the dogs home. “When my dad called me to say we’d found him I didn’t believe him at first – it’s a miracle. “My grandad has been crying with happiness.”
Nick Limerick, who collected Reggie from Merseyside Dogs Home, said: “It’s marvellous. We were not giving up hope but were beginning to doubt if we would ever find him. “It’s the best Christmas present ever.”
Gina Limerick said "Reggie was bought for my Dad as a companion after heart surgery that made him quite ill...He's cried near on every day and been very down since Reggie went missing. He refused to celebrate his 80th birthday in August and cancelled the family party, I can not tell you what a huge positive impact this will have to my Dad and the family.. Happy Christmas to you all"
Paul Dunne, manager of Merseyside Dogs Home said: “It goes to show the importance of microchipping and keeping your information up to date. Without his microchip Reggie would have never found his way home.
“Three out of five dogs that arrive at the home microchipped, have information that is out of date such as wrong telephone numbers and addresses.”