A little rescue dog who sparked a major search when she went missing has enjoyed one of her best Christmases yet.
Dana, a four-and-a-half year old chihuahua/ papillon, disappeared in November after being re-homed in Glenrothes by Second Chance Kennels in Thornton.
The timid pooch escaped from the garden of her new home and it was feared she may never be seen again.
Appeals were made in the media and a 40-strong search party calling themselves ‘Team Dana’ left no stone unturned in their search for her, scouring outhouses and sheds in and around Glenrothes.
But after 18 days and 17 nights fending for herself in the cold and wet, news arrived that everyone had dared not hope for.
A farmer in the Cluny area had spotted an animal scurrying around his outbuildings and, suspecting it was a stray dog, phoned Fife Council’s dog warden team.
“From his description I realised straight away that it was Dana,” said warden Kay Watson.
“We decided to try to lure her into a shed with food and she did keep going in there but every time the farmer approached she ran away again.
“Eventually he rigged up a trap and managed to catch her, and she was taken back to Second Chance Kennels.”
Ena Conyon, who runs Second Chance with her husband Frank, told the Gazette that Dana was none the worse for her ordeal and in fact she seemed to have grown in confidence.
“She’s settled in really well and it seems her adventure has made her a bit braver,” said Ena. “She won’t be going back to the people she was re-homed with but instead is coming home with me!”
The couple dedicated to giving dogs a second chance at happiness
More than 3500 dogs have been re-homed by Second Chance Kennels since it was opened in 1999 by Ena Conyon and her husband Frank.
The dogs come in for all sorts of reasons, either because their owners have been taken ill or have died ; had a baby, changed their working hours or simply can’t be bothered with them any more.
Other dogs are rescued, usually starving, from puppy farms, and others are picked up off the streets; still others found abandoned and even just dumped at the Second Chance gates.
But in almost every case, Ena believes they have the potential to be loyal, loving pets. Only on extremely rare occasions does a dog have to be put to sleep.