Happy ending for lost dog

Published Monday, 15 September 2014

A lost dog from Rushden was reunited with her family within hours, thanks to the Green Dog Club run by East Northamptonshire Council.

Tess, a Lakeland Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier cross, went missing on a walk in the woods near Blackfriars, Rushden. Owner, Rachel Birch, said she felt ‘sick’ when she realised she had lost her pet of 13 years.

Luckily, Tess was found safe and well by another family not long after. Rachel had registered Tess with the Green Dog Club, so she was wearing a tag with a unique reference number and the council’s contact details on the reverse. The family got in touch with us and quoted the tag number and we were quickly able to identify Tess through the East Northamptonshire Dog Database and reunite Rachel with her beloved pet.

When she got the call to say Tess had been found, Rachel said she felt ‘happy that the tag worked.’ When asked what she would say to dog owners who don’t have a Green Dog Club membership, Rachel answered: “Get one! I would please ask everyone to get a tag as it’s free and easy to register.”

Happy ending for lost dog

Above: Tess and her best friend Red, who both have tags, with Rachel’s four year old daughter Ellie.

East Northamptonshire Council’s Dog Warden, Lisa Blackler, said: “Reuniting a lost dog and its owner is so much quicker and easier when they are a Green Dog Club member. Nearly 700 dog owners in East Northamptonshire have signed up and I’d love to see every dog owner having the peace of mind that membership brings.”

Become an ambassador for responsible dog ownership by joining today. You’ll receive:

  • A numbered tag and registration on the East Northamptonshire Dog Database
  • Dog poo bags
  • The chance to help with future campaigns to eliminate dog fouling and change attitudes in the district

To join please use the online Green Dog Club form on our website www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk To update your details, please call 01832 742068.