TWO mischievous dogs are safe and well after disappearing
from their holiday home in Shaldon – thanks to community spirit.
The pair of King Charles Spaniels were being looked after for friends by Shaldon's
former parish council chairman Maia Miller.
Within an hour of their 8.30am disappearance word had spread
like wildfire, thanks to Maia's eight-year-old great neice Amelie who made and
handed out posters around the town.
The dogs - three-year-old brother and sister - were eventually
found by a horse rider more than two miles away, covered in mud, possibly
trying to find their way back home to Newton Abbot.
Amelie's mum Claudia Jordan, said: "I got on Twitter. I was amazed how quickly the appeal was picked up."Before long the Herald Express, local police and even Sky TV's Kay Burley, the longest serving female newsreader on British TV, were retweeting.
The dogs' owners, on holiday in California, still don't know of their adventures.
"I was amazed at the speed at which they dashed through the open front door, they have tiny legs" said Maia.
She said she was astounded by the community support: "My Great niece Amelie and her Mum had produced posters and leaflets by 9.30am and the search was in full swing.
"My niece stayed at the house, working her Twitter. I was overwhelmed when she told me that Kay Burley along with RSPCA and The Herald Express were tweeting about our pups.
"I was very concerned that the dogs don't know the area."
At 11am Maia's phone rang. A local horse rider had found them at the top of the valley. In just two and a half hours, the King Charles Spaniels had travelled two miles.
As they arrived home wet and muddy, local PCSO Colin Rider arrived to check on progress.
"I really would like to thank everyone in both the Shaldon Community as well as Twitter," Maia said.
"This really does show how wonderfully well our community, both local and virtual, mobilises in the event of an emergency and it's as a result of this effort that the pups were found. From now on they will be confined to barracks in their newly made pound in the garden other than very supervised walks until they return to their family! "