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‘My dog is home!’
Liz Gay tells the story of Joss’s return

My dog is home! A reward was offered but it was one of the "still immensely law abiding" population that discovered him and she was only too pleased to help.

The radio programme was on a Tuesday and Joss was found wandering early Wednesday morning. I’d emphasised how few Cesky there are, the breed of dog stolen, and such are easily identifiable. It appears that somebody had heard it or somebody had heard about it so out Joss had gone.

The police had picked him up and he had ended up in Rescue Kennels. This is a busy kennel so despite a very intense internet campaign they did not have time to consult the various lost dog sites to see if such an animal was listed. They probably also would not have found him as they had no idea what he was. Although Joss was still in show trim he was absolutely filthy so he was logged as Sealyham (Crossbreed?) in the file. Not too far from the mark when the origin of the Cesky is considered.

Two ladies visited the kennel looking for a small dog and were very taken with the Sealyham (Crossbreed?). They were relatively dog savvy and, although not knowing of any Sealyham (Crossbreed?) thought the little dog they had seen far too smart to be ‘just a mutt’. The internet was investigated and Sealyham Cross took them to Cesky. Cesky UK took them to Joss, all one hundred or so mentions of him. They rang me.

It took a curious lady, I am forever in her debt, to find him but ultimately it was the hammering of the internet by people who listed him and cross posted him on their sites.

At the same time as Joss went a Bull Terrier called Daisy also was removed from her home. Her saviour was the DogLost poster campaign that saturated her local area as within a matter of a few days she was dumped back at home again. Both cases, given the oxygen of publicity, were successful and I salute, and thank, the people who helped. Both Joss and Daisy owe their return home to people who cared and because of their actions became one of the successful statistics rather than one of the great unknown.