Toy Cockapoo reunited after Ipswich park disappeared

Posted:
13:36 December 30, 2021



Update:
3:14 PM December 30, 2021

A family’s beloved Toy Cockapoo has been reunited with its owners in time for the New Year after missing during a run in an Ipswich park.

One-and-a-half-year-old Smudge was out with his owner Sam Mitson in Orwell Country Park on Christmas Eve when he suddenly disappeared into a forest.

Mr Mitson, his wife Rachel and their daughter made an urgent appeal to find their pet, posting on social media and placing posters in and around the park, to which they returned every day.

Unbeknownst to the Dorset family, Smudge was still in the park.

He was discovered in the brambles by a woman and two young boys five days later, causing a moving reunion.

The family stayed with loved ones in Ipswich for Christmas, but faced the prospect of returning home without Smudge.




Smudge went missing during a race with Mr Mitson at Orwell Country Park in Ipswich
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mr Mitson said he was “in tears” when he finally reunited with Smudge after receiving a call Wednesday night.

He said: “We are overwhelmed – it has been an eventful five days.


The family, from Dorset, feared they would have to return home without Smudge

The family, from Dorset, feared they would have to return home without Smudge
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

“We heard that someone spotted a dog in the woods of the park, and a lady and two boys pulled it out of the brambles.

“I was in tears when I saw him. We are very surprised to see him in such good condition. We took him to the vet and he has lost a little weight, but other than that he is fine.


Smudge the cockapoo has been reunited with his family after going missing six days ago over Christmas

The Mitsons were staying in Ipswich for the Christmas period
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

“I think it helped that the weather wasn’t freezing the last few days. I don’t think he ate at all, but he had plenty to eat when we brought him back.”

Mr Mitson said Smudge would likely only be found with a drone, had it not been stolen.

The couple paid tribute to the community of Ipswich for their help in finding Smudge over the holiday season.


The one-year-old dog survived for five days in the park

The one-year-old dog survived for five days in the park
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mr Mitson added: “If it hadn’t been for the people looking, we wouldn’t have found it. We’re so happy with how many people got interested, especially at Christmas. People lost. so much time. “

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