Family reunited with missing pet dog ten years after he disappeared

Published Monday, Jan 20 2014, 18:50 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
A very lucky mother and son from South Wales were reunited with their Staffordshire bull terrier named Chance after he disappeared 10 years ago.

The adorable companion belonged to 11-year-old schoolboy Sion Cox and was bought for him, at only seven-weeks-old by his mum Julie Coombes.

In 2004, Sion was devastated to hear that Chance had mysteriously gone missing from their family garden in Barry, South Wales.

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Staffordshire Bull terrier Chance with Sion Cox and his mother Julie Coombes
17 Jan 2014

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The loveable black and white terrier had become a huge part of the family so Sion and his mum were determined to get him back. They put posters on lamp posts, knocked on doors, and advertised online to raise awareness in the hope someone may find him.

But as time went on, so did their hope of ever seeing three-year-old Chance again.

Ten years later Julie, 44, received a call from a dog's home where she was told Chance had been found. Julie was quoted in the South Wales Evening Post saying:

"We went to the dog's home and recognised Chance straight away. It was like something from a children's Disney movie. As soon as we said his name his ears pricked up as if he'd never forgotten us."

Chance was found in a shopping centre underpass weak and hungry and was taken to a dog's home where he was due to be put down because of his age and condition. Luckily, a vet scanned for a microchip and found Julie's address.

Chance lives with Sion, now 21, in his student accommodation in Glamorgan, Cardiff, and even still enjoys his favourite food of pig ears, yum!

Hannah Govier

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