A woman has been reunited with her dog which was stolen nearly three years ago.
Jessica Miller had given up hope of ever seeing greyhound Dasha again, but then a call came from 100 miles away in Herefordshire.
He had been found by a farmer on a country lane and now he’s been returned to Jessica.
She said: ‘I genuinely believed I would never see Dasha again. I thought someone was pulling my chain when I got the call. Dasha means so much to me.
‘He helped me get through an abusive relationship and was always there for me. It was devastating to lose him. If he had died I could have mourned him but the fact I had no idea stopped me moving on.
‘It sounds really sad but I had almost given up hope, I feared the worst. As I realised the call was genuine, the floodgates just opened. I have had him since he was a pup.
‘We were told at about 11am that he was found and collected him same day. He jumped up as soon as I he saw me. It shows how important it is to make sure your dog is microchipped.’
Dasha was four when he was stolen from Jessica’s back garden in the summer of 2014, but when she went out to get him he was nowhere to be seen.
She contacted police and started a Facebook campaign but heard nothing back until the beginning of May.
He is now back home with Jessica and two-year-old Lurcher, Loki, but does appear to have suffered during his time away.
Dasha has returned with a number of scars around his body, including one on his nose, and is recovering from a laceration from his paw, which is starting to heal.
The greyhound was also underweight when found and has been put on medication to help him recover.
Jessica added: ‘We are not certain what happened to Dasha but he now has lots scars and he didn’t have one before he was taken. He never really barked before either but he has this new aggressive bark. He is slowly settling back in and still remembers lots of his old training. It is just going to take some time.
‘I was a little worried about how Dasha and Loki would get on but after an initial confrontation, they are getting on. Dasha is very placid but Loki is showing him how to have fun again. They both have their own beds but almost every night I find them curled up together.’