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Newtown family reunited with lost dog found 40 miles from home!

A Newtownhamilton family has been reunited with their beloved lost dog after he was discovered an astonishing 40 miles away, in Annalong. 

One year old ‘Jug’ pup, Isaac –  a cross between a Jack Russell and a Pug –  had gone missing from the Convery family home around the 11th/12th July.  Eighteen year old owner Emma Convery told The Examiner that initially the family felt sure Isaac had not strayed too far and that he would find his way home.  They became increasingly concerned however when he failed to make an appearance after a few days.

Unbeknownst to Emma, Isaac had been found 40 miles away in Annalong on Saturday 14th July by staff working in the Galley restaurant.  They generously took the bewildered pooch in, feeding and looking after him until his owners could be traced.

Unionist Councillor Henry Reilly, an Annalong resident, was asked to post Isaac’s photo on Facebook.  His appeal was shared more than 150 times, eventually catching the attention of Emma’s mother, who was astounded that the pup had ended up so far away!  The Convery’s were reunited with Isaac on Saturday 22nd July, 10 days after he is thought to have gone missing.

Cara and Laura are delighted to have Isaac home safely from his adventures.

Speaking to The Examiner about Isaac’s ordeal, Emma said the family are delighted to be reunited with him, especially four year old Laura, for whom the dog was bought to help her through the grief of losing her beloved godfather last year. 

“We are so grateful to the staff in the Galley Restaurant who looked after Isaac so well for us and to Henry Reilly for sharing his picture – without them all we don’t know if we would have seen him again.

“The death of my sister Laura’s godfather hit our family hard – especially Laura. We bought Isaac to help her through her grief and she was so upset that he was missing.  We believe Isaac was taken and dropped so far away in a malicious act. He would not have made it so far on foot.”

As for Isaac, Emma says that although he was initially fearful and frightened after his ordeal,   he is now back to his old playful self.

“We are so, so happy to have him back and Laura has been smothering him with love since being reunited with him!  There are definitely some good people out there and we are so thankful to them for helping us get Isaac back.”