The Good Samaritan chatted to the driver and agreed to take the four-year-old sausage dog to his home in Clacton.
Later that night his family spotted a Facebook appeal for the pet’s whereabouts and were able to arrange a reunion.
A relieved Michelle said: ‘I thought a bus driver would have noticed and not let him on but maybe he boarded when someone was paying.‘Luckily, there was a kind gentleman called Michael who offered to take him back to his own home in Clacton.
‘He took him in for the evening and was going to take him to the vet in the morning but his family spotted the post on Facebook. My partner Jonathan picked him up at about 7pm.’ Frank is now safe and sound with his best friends Charlie, a two-year-old sausage dog, and Freddie, his two-year-old human brother.
Be realistic. Unrealistic goals will only prevent you from growing. There are two common mistakes a dog owner can make that will slam the brakes hard on any potential progress you might be hoping for. First, the expectations we place on our dogs and ourselves. The misguided belief that your dog “should” be performing or responding at a certain predetermined level. Another mistake many owners make is having unrealistic assumptions. Many of us assume that our dog understands what we want and that he knows what we’re asking of him. As if that wasn’t bad enough, some of us assume that the dogs failure to perform means he’s either rebelling, stubborn, or just plain stupid.
Michelle added: ‘He is a valuable dog and you hear some horrible stories about situation like this. We were so lucky it was such a kind man who picked him up.
‘It is completely out of character for Frank. It is the first time he has done anything like this in his life.’