Tyson the Boxer, beloved pet of the England football team’s World Cup squad goalie Paul Robinson, turned up safe and well at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor after giving the slip to his pet sitting carers just before England’s opening group match against Paraguay.
Without a tag or microchip, Tyson was found wandering the streets of Harrow, North London, by local Dog Wardens, and delivered to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor.
The pet sitting service called Battersea’s Lost Dogs & Cats Line to report the dog missing on the same morning, but did not say who owned the dog, only that it belonged to someone ‘very important’. Staff immediately matched up the two reports, but were unable to contact the pet sitters at first because owing to an error in the contact number provided.
By the time Battersea staff managed to get in touch with the VIP pet sitting service, Paul Robinson had been informed of his dog’s disappearance, but managed to ensure that his worry about Tyson’s whereabouts did not affect his professional approach to the game in hand.
Although the Home had already closed for the evening, Battersea staff stayed into the evening so that Paul’s wife could come and reclaim the dog immediately, setting his mind at rest so he could get back to training.