Sausage dog sneaks onto bus alone and takes 18-mile trip to seaside

Two pictures of Frank the daschund, from Colchester, Essex, who snuck onto a bus alone and took an 18-mile trip to Clacton-on-Sea
Frank is in the dog house after embarking on an 18-mile solo adventure (Picture: SWNS)
Michelle Ballard was sent into a blind panic when her beloved dachshund Frank vanished from their home in Colchester, Essex. She had no idea the mischievous creature had strolled down the road and hopped un-noticed onto a bus to the seaside town of Clacton. A distraught Michelle hastily arranged a search party with friends, fellow dog walkers and schoolchildren to find her beloved pet. Meanwhile Frank was minding his own business on the number 61 bus, until a fellow passenger noticed him and decided to intervene.
Frank the daschund with owner Michelle Ballard.
Michelle Ballard said her pet’s stunt was ‘completely out of character’ (Picture: SWNS)
Frank the daschund with owner Michelle Ballard.
The four-year-old daschund managed to sneak onto the bus undetected (Picture: SWNS)

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.

It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.

Frank the daschund. See SWNS copy SWCAsausage: Frank the adventurous daschund was in the dog house today after jumping onto a bus and making an 18-mile trip to the seaside on his own. The mischievous mutt vanished from his home earlier this week sending devoted owner Michelle Ballard into a blind panic. The four-year-old pooch had strolled down a nearby road in Colchester, Essex,. before hopping un-noticed onto a bus bound for the seaside town of Clacton.
A huge search party was called to find the mischievous dog (Picture: SWNS)
Frank the daschund. See SWNS copy SWCAsausage: Frank the adventurous daschund was in the dog house today after jumping onto a bus and making an 18-mile trip to the seaside on his own. The mischievous mutt vanished from his home earlier this week sending devoted owner Michelle Ballard into a blind panic. The four-year-old pooch had strolled down a nearby road in Colchester, Essex,. before hopping un-noticed onto a bus bound for the seaside town of Clacton.
Frank is now safe at home thanks to a Good Samaritan who looked after him (Picture: SWNS)
‘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.

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.’