A FAMILY from Anglesey were delighted to be re-united with their dog two months after it went missing during a walk above the Conwy Valley.

Bea, a seven-year-old Welsh springer spaniel, had not been seen by owners Adam and Rachel Sergeant, from Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, since December 8, but was found on February 4.

She had disappeared during a walk near Llyn Crafnant, and despite multiple sightings being reported, was not located until last weekend.

Caught tangled in a fence near Llanfairfechan, Bea was thankfully discovered uninjured, though was underweight.


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North Wales Pioneer: Bea was missing for 58 days in totalBea was missing for 58 days in total (Image: Adam Sergeant)

Adam, whose family have had Bea since she was a puppy, said: “The day we lost her, it was extremely poor weather, and Bea became separated from us.

“We called her back, but within a couple of minutes, realised she was gone. We stayed in the area for a couple of hours looking for her, but couldn’t find her, so reluctantly went home.

“We called up Lost Dogs North Wales Area for advice, phoned vets and the dog warden, and that’s when the fun began, really!”

For the first week that Bea was missing, Adam said, he and his wife spent “every waking minute looking for her”.

It was not until last Sunday when Huw Jones, of Three Streams Glamping in Llanfairfechan, saw her caught in a fence on his land, having heard a “strange wimpering noise”.

North Wales Pioneer: Bea was thankfully discovered uninjured, though was underweight.Bea was thankfully discovered uninjured, though was underweight. (Image: Adam Sergeant)

After untangling her, he found Adam’s phone number on Bea’s collar, and called him to say that, 58 days after she had disappeared, she had been found.

Adam added: “I think there had been a few possible sightings of her as well which, if correct, means she probably travelled at least 10 miles.

“She was fine - just underweight and skinny. I didn’t believe it when I got the call; I didn’t know quite what to think.

“Someone else had just phoned to say they’d found a dead animal not too far from where we’d been walking, so I was expecting another call to ask if we want to come and bury her.”

Adam said a GPS tracker has now been purchased for Bea and the family’s other dog, to try and prevent this from re-occurring.

He also thanked Lost Dogs North Wales Area for their efforts, after they had used thermal imaging cameras, searched lakes and rivers, sent a drone up, made posters and shared sightings.

You can donate to Lost Dogs North Wales at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/LDNWA.

Adam said: “It’s great that she’s home; and she’s gone right back to where we left off. She’s just her normal self, and has slotted straight back in at home.

“We’re just feeding her more substantial meals, like chicken and rice, to beef her up a bit now. We’ve had snow, non-stop rain and two big storms since she went missing!”