Thanks goes to Facebook as Alfie the dog is back home after 10-day hunt

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: Alfie is back in the arms of his owners Emma Wimhurst and son Charlie after going missing for ten days

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: Alfie is back in the arms of his owners Emma Wimhurst and son Charlie after going missing for ten days

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A MISSING dog who sparked a 10-day hunt is safely back home, thanks to Facebook.

Cockapoo Alfie escaped from his back garden on December 23, and wandered for miles before he was found safe and well on Wednesday.

Distraught owners Mark and Emma Wimhurst, who walked for miles over the Christmas period to try and find their pet, said they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the help they have received.

“The reaction people have had has been astonishing,” said Mrs Wimhurst of Holt Wood, near Wimborne.

“So many people have selflessly given up their own time. I could have galvanised 100 people to search for Alfie – it was absolutely wonderful. When we told people Alfie had been found, there was a huge outpouring of emotion – people were crying with joy that he was safe.”

The couple’s friend Kerry Thompson started a Facebook group called Bring Alfie Home after he disappeared, and more than 120 people signed up to help.

Hillside Veterinary Centre in Corfe Mullen also got involved, regularly posting updates on their popular Twitter and Facebook pages, and many from the community went out to help find the two-year-old dog.

Mrs Wimhurst said: “I've had people saying I should write a book of Alfie's adventures.

“If we plotted his journey on a Google map, it would show how far he went.

“Once he left our house, he went nearly as far as the A3, and then he made a decision about whether he should go left or right. He went right to Cannon Hill and back over the top of Leigh Lane to stay in the area.”

Alfie was found in the garden of a local lady called Lyn after Mrs Wimhurst put his basket there, as he had been spotted visiting twice before.

“Lyn is someone I’d never met before all of this, but she said Mark could camp in the garden to see if Alfie came back,” Mrs Wimhurst said. “When he walked into the garden, Alfie was sat there. He just came running for him. It’s a very happy ending, and it wouldn’t have happened without Facebook.”

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11:28am Mon 7 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Well done to "Lyn" and to Kerry.

Nice to know there are some people out there prepared to help.

I can only imagine what it must be like to have lost him.
Well done to "Lyn" and to Kerry. Nice to know there are some people out there prepared to help. I can only imagine what it must be like to have lost him. scrumpyjack
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11:45am Mon 7 Jan 13

nosuchluck54 says...

Great result and im sure its made elite50s day also.
Great result and im sure its made elite50s day also. nosuchluck54
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11:54am Mon 7 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Funny.
Funny. scrumpyjack
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12:11pm Mon 7 Jan 13

TD61 says...

Great ending for all - but I would guess that Alfie did not make his way to the M3 on his own and wouldn't be surprised if someone had picked him up, only to discard him once they knew so many people were looking for him .....
Great ending for all - but I would guess that Alfie did not make his way to the M3 on his own and wouldn't be surprised if someone had picked him up, only to discard him once they knew so many people were looking for him ..... TD61
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12:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

I hope the garden is properly secured now!
I hope the garden is properly secured now! suzigirl
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12:52pm Mon 7 Jan 13

elaine191261 says...

So pleased he's back home, even people like me shared the story around on Facebook ,and then it spreads the word around the area far and wide :-) :-)
So pleased he's back home, even people like me shared the story around on Facebook ,and then it spreads the word around the area far and wide :-) :-) elaine191261
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5:10pm Mon 7 Jan 13

EGHH says...

Good news. What a lovely little chap Alfie is. A timely reminder to get your dog and cat micro-chipped (and put the fact on their collar) so potential thieves will leave them alone.
Good news. What a lovely little chap Alfie is. A timely reminder to get your dog and cat micro-chipped (and put the fact on their collar) so potential thieves will leave them alone. EGHH
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8:56pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

Perhaps some innovative person will one day invent a microchip that will include a tracking device, similar to that fitted to vehicles.
Perhaps some innovative person will one day invent a microchip that will include a tracking device, similar to that fitted to vehicles. Sovietobserver
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9:13am Tue 8 Jan 13

elite50 says...

nosuchluck54 wrote:
Great result and im sure its made elite50s day also.
Of course.
One less dog on the streets.
[quote][p][bold]nosuchluck54[/bold] wrote: Great result and im sure its made elite50s day also.[/p][/quote]Of course. One less dog on the streets. elite50
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9:46am Tue 8 Jan 13

Old before my time says...

"I could have galvanised 100 people to search for Alfie."

Galvanised? Really - what an odd choice of word, and used incorrectly I believe. The support was already there, you didn't have to "galvanise" them.
"I could have galvanised 100 people to search for Alfie." Galvanised? Really - what an odd choice of word, and used incorrectly I believe. The support was already there, you didn't have to "galvanise" them. Old before my time
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11:10am Tue 8 Jan 13

edilemma says...

TD61 wrote:
Great ending for all - but I would guess that Alfie did not make his way to the M3 on his own and wouldn't be surprised if someone had picked him up, only to discard him once they knew so many people were looking for him .....
Is this really newsworthy?

Owners should take more care looking after their animals. Why did the dog run away in the first place?

Maybe cockerpoos are 'nervous' by character but my two labradors would never venture far even if they did get out!
[quote][p][bold]TD61[/bold] wrote: Great ending for all - but I would guess that Alfie did not make his way to the M3 on his own and wouldn't be surprised if someone had picked him up, only to discard him once they knew so many people were looking for him .....[/p][/quote]Is this really newsworthy? Owners should take more care looking after their animals. Why did the dog run away in the first place? Maybe cockerpoos are 'nervous' by character but my two labradors would never venture far even if they did get out! edilemma
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