The pleasure of the owners as Heidi, the rescue dog, is found four days after she dives into the mouth
The pleasure of the owners as Heidi, the rescue dog, is found four days after diving into the mouth, surfacing 6.5 km across
- Four-year-old Heidi dove on Friday in the mouth of the Dee in Aberdeenshire
- A two-hour rescue operation caused with Kirkcudbright lifeboat, but not found
- Dog then appeared across the road on Monday, four miles away in Ross Bay
A rescue dog that dived into an estuary was reunited with its happy owners four days later – after she appeared for miles on the other bank.
Colin Wyper was distraught after his pet Heidi disappeared into the River Dee in Aberdeenshire on Friday, when she was shocked by nearby children on bicycles.
The dog had jumped two miles from Kirkcudbright to Mutehill before jumping into the mouth and swimming away at a strong ebb.
Her disappearance led to a two-hour search on the Kirkcudbright lifeboat, during which family and volunteers hunted along the coast for the weekend.
The searches were unsuccessful and Mr. Wyper, 63, feared that Heidi was lost at sea.
But on Monday, the dog owner was thrilled when she was spotted on farmland near Ross Bay – four miles across the Dee Estuary.
Colin Wyper was distraught after his pet Heidi disappeared into the River Dee in Aberdeenshire on Friday, when she was shocked by nearby children on bicycles. In the photo: Mr. Wyper and Heidi
Mr. Wyper said he’s “over the moon” that Heidi was found fearing that she “probably drowned” after a long disappearance.
Apparently [daughter] Emma, me and we are all over the moon, “he said.
“Our whole family was involved and was out at 8:00 am Saturday and again on Sunday. Other people were looking and there was even a man with a drone.
“We had 550 shares on Facebook, but after two days of searching, we gave up and thought she probably drowned.
“I would like to thank everyone for their concern, help and advice in finding Heidi.”
Four-year-old Heidi was found by rescue organization Save a Mastin in a Spanish kill shelter, a death cell for stray animals, before she was adopted by the Wypers in Scotland.
Due to her traumatic early life, the dog was very nervous, which left her terrified reaction when she was confronted with young boys on pushbikes last Friday.
The dog (pictured with Mr. Wyper and his daughter Emma) had been shot two miles from Kirkcudbright to Mutehill before jumping into the estuary and swimming away at a strong ebb
Her disappearance led to a two-hour search on the Kirkcudbright lifeboat, with family and volunteers hunting along the coast for the weekend
“Heidi was a stray dog in Malaga, Spain,” said Mr. Wyper. “She’s been very shy since we brought her here.
“She was really shocked by some young boys on pushbikes. I never got her on the line in time and she just left.
“Myself and another boy went into the water, but Heidi kept swimming in the sea. Someone called the lifeboat and they searched her along the coast for two hours.
“She swam four miles from where she entered to where she was found.”
After making land, Heidi soon ran into problems and was spotted hunting sheep.
Mister Wyper’s daughter, Emma, immediately called the farmer to plead for Heidi’s life.
“The farmer has a sign saying stray dogs are being shot,” said Mr. Wyper. “But my daughter knows the farmer and called to say you shouldn’t shoot her.
“One sheep had died of terror, and I pay for the loss… There were no marks on the sheep — only where the crows went to her.”