Millie, a 13 year old deaf Springer Spaniel who went missing
recently, was reunited almost instantly with her loving owners,
Sonja and Stephen Williams from Beyton, Suffolk, thanks to her
Millie was out on a walk with Sonja and Stephen and their two
other dogs last month when she went missing. With help from her
microchip, Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for
microchipped animals, and the person who found her, Millie was
reunited with her family almost instantly.
Sonja explains: "As she is getting older and likes to walk at
her own pace, we take her off lead and she regularly walks behind
us when we go out for walks. On this particular evening, Stephen
turned around and realised Millie was no longer behind him. We
think she had followed other walkers by mistake and she ended by
the village green wandering in the road and we were rather
franticly trying to find her."
Luckily for the couple, Bill Lambert, Health and Breeder
Services Manager from the Kennel Club (which manages Petlog) was on
his way home from a dog show with his wife when they came across
Millie standing in the road. Unfortunately Millie's ID tag had
fallen off, but Bill happened to have a microchip scanner in his
car and scanned Millie before calling Petlog.
Bill commented: "We were driving back from the show and I saw
the dog standing in the road looking frightened. We pulled over and
comforted her and checked for an ID tag but she didn't have one - I
then remembered I had the scanner in the car and fortunately she
was microchipped. We thought it may take a while to find her family
so we took her home until she could be reunited. She was a real
sweetie and we worked out she must have been deaf as she didn't
react at all when we put her in the car and our two dogs barked
excitedly at her. It was around 15 minutes later when we spoke with
Millie's family and they came to pick her up."
Luckily, Millie was microchipped with a Pet ID microchip and
registered with Petlog. Once her owners were identified and
contacted they travelled to pick up Millie.
Sonja continued: "We were delighted to have her back so quickly.
Thanks to Bill and Petlog she was home safe and sound to sleep in
her own bed that very evening. We'd hate to think of her in a
council pound at her age. We've had her since she was three years
old and she is very much part of the family."
Celia Walsom, Petlog Executive said: "This is a wonderful story
that highlights both the importance of microchipping and one of the
many reasons it will become compulsory in 2016. We are delighted
that we could help in reuniting Millie with her family so quickly.
As pet owners, we know there is nothing worse than when a pet goes
If you would like to find out more about microchipping your pet,
visit the Petlog website: www.petlog.org.uk.