A tearful owner has been reunited with her missing dog after he disappeared during a walk three days prior.
Katherin Evans had been walking with eight-year-old Grizzy through Richmond Park, London, when he caught a smell and escaped from her grip on October 17.
The 33-year-old thought that she had lost the border terrier for good but on Saturday morning she arrived at the park to find a crowd of owners who had formed a search party.
All the owners each had a border terrier, many of whom Grizzy had befriended on previous walks.
Scouring the area together, they were able to find the frightened dog, who had survived 64 hours without shelter or water after becoming tangled around a tree.School shames disabled mother for parking on double yellow lines
‘It’s been such a roller-coaster of emotions. I was grieving massively, we all were,’ Ms Evan, from Richmond upon Thames, London, said.
‘Grizzy’s quite the survivor, quite the hero. It’s unbelievable. I’m overwhelmed. It’s a miracle – I still can’t believe it.
‘It shows the power of kindness. The kindness from people I’ve never met in my life all for the love of dogs.
‘I was in flood of tears of joy – everyone was crying. The spirit of everybody was just unbelievable.’
Video footage of the moment Ms Evans was reunited with Grizzy shows her shouting out in joy ‘We’ve found him!’ as the dog jumps up into her arms, wagging his tail.Man mistakes slow lane for hard shoulder and stops for a rest
The rescue dog, who is not yet meant to walk off-lead, had managed to pull his reigns out of Ms Evans fingers at 6.45pm on October 17.
She then ran after him for 200 metres before he disappeared in the massive 2,500 acre park.
‘I was beside myself,’ Ms Evans said.
She continued: ‘I met a kind stranger who called the park police and spoke to them. They said they’d do their best to see him.
‘Another friend came out and we were calling him but it was pitch black. I didn’t sleep all Wednesday night and went back out on Thursday.
‘I called vets nearby, I called the microchip company to make sure they had all the correct details. Then on Friday, a friend took the day off and went around the entire park trying to see if he could see him.Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has made 'no friends' at probation hostel
‘I was thinking by this point that there was no hope.’
But Saturday morning Ms Evans arrived at the park to discover a crowd of people with their dogs ready to help hunt for Grizzy.
‘The border terrier community are amazing. People were sending well wishes from all over the country and the world,’ she said.
‘A couple unknown to me had even travelled from Ruislip – an hour away – to help with the search and of course my friends and family and my colleagues.
‘I was in tears – I’d had barely any sleep. We were trying our best to stay positive but I’d given up.
‘We were searching for half an hour and we made sure we were all in a line so it was methodical. Then I thought I heard Grizzy’s bark.’
Ms Evans was then overjoyed to hear a member of the search party shout that they had found him.
‘I was running with tears in my eyes. I thought I’d never see him again,’ she said.People's Vote protest signs: The most creative and punny placards on display
‘Ten metres in the distance there was a tree and Grizzy was there jumping up and down. His lead had become tied around the tree.’
The dog was found to be really thirsty and hungry but was otherwise unscathed by the ordeal.
‘He wasn’t hurt. He just seemed really excited to see us. I think he was a bit shell shocked,’ Ms Evans said.
‘It’s been phenomenal. Dog lovers in this part of the area are amazing, but the border terrier community made it spread like wildfire.
‘He’s settling back in at home now. He’s doing pretty well. He’ll be having so many cuddles now.’