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Firemen dig to bring terrier to safety after five terrifying days stuck in a hole

Thursday, 1 June 2017

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A dog owner was reunited with his two Jack Russell terriers at the weekend, five days after they went missing in Clare Glen.

Thomas Crowe from Tandragee thought he would never see his pets, Spot and Fudge again after they ran off from him and his wife Maureen last Tuesday.

But thanks to the kindness of strangers and help from Portadown Fire Brigade the couple were reunited with their pets on Sunday morning.

Thomas and Maureen had been returning to Clare Glen every day to frantically search for them however they were nowhere to be seen.

"We were wondering if we would ever see them again," said Thomas. "There were two many horrible things which could have happened to them - I just didn't want to think about it."

Just when the couple were giving up hope they received a phonecall from a man who was out walking on Sunday morning in Clare Glenn and thought he had found Spot.

"We jumped into the car and went straight to the forest and sure enough there was Spot," said Thomas. "But we still couldn't find Fudge, Spot's son.

"I put Spot on the lead and had hoped he would take us to Fudge but he didn't. However when we returned to the place where we lost Fudge we could hear a slight murmur coming from a hole in the ground.

"We were sure it was Fudge but had no idea how we were going to get him out. In the end we called the Fire Brigade and they sent someone out from Portadown.

"Two hours of digging later and Fudge emerged from the hole safe and well. We really can't thank the people who have helped us enough. The dogs are like members of our family and we wouldn't be without them.

"It was awful to think we might never see them again. It is great to think there are kind people out there who will help strangers."

Fudge had got himself well and truly wedged into the hole and it appeared his mum, Spot refused to leave him for five days.

"He got away from me last Tuesday as he was chasing a squirrel and when he went down the hole he somehow managed to get himself stuck down the hole back-to-front. It must have been terrifying for him."

Both Spot and Fudge have been enjoying being spoiled now they are back home.

"They are absolutely knackered and have been sleeping constantly but they are in good health which is the main thing," said Thomas.

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