We never gave up hope

IPSWICH: It’s a remarkable tale of a brave little dog who battled the elements and beat the odds.

When Jetsie the black Labrador went missing from his home in Ipswich in February 2008 his owners feared the worst.

Despite dozens of sightings shortly after his disappearance, he was nowhere to be found.

But today, Jetsie is back in the arms of his doting owner Linda Rowe – after turning up two years later some 52 miles away in Norfolk!

A thrilled Mrs Rowe said: “We are all just over the moon. He is an incredible little dog. We would love to know where he has been.”

By the time he was three, the plucky pooch had already shown he was a fighter, surviving a past blighted by cruelty.

Shortly before he went missing from the Dales Road area of Ipswich, Jetsie had been rescued from maltreatment and was taken to live with Mrs Rowe at Station Farm Kennels, in Reydon, near Hadleigh.

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“When he came to us from the rescue centre he couldn’t do anything,” she said. “He couldn’t walk properly – we had to carry him into the kennels. He was like a brick, he just didn’t move.

“We had to feed him, he didn’t even know how to stand up because of the cruelty he had been through. He was in such a bad way.”

Mrs Rowe, with the help of staff at her kennels, spent seven months nurturing Jetsie back to full health.

They encouraged him to walk again by laying trails of dog treats across the paddock to entice him out and retrain him.

Finally they were ready to advertise for a new home for Jetsie, finding a couple from Dales Road in Ipswich, who took him home.

But after just seven days Jetsie disappeared out of an open door.

Immediately Mrs Rowe and her team at the kennels started looking for him. They put up posters, placed adverts and received dozens of sightings in and around the Dales Road area.

But despite their best efforts, no more was heard of Jetsie until a call from out of the blue.

“I got a phone call about a month ago from a lady who wouldn’t leave her name, but said she thought they had Jetsie,” Mrs Rowe said. “I just felt so excited and wanted to get to Norfolk straight away.”

Jetsie was finally found by a couple living in Wickhampton on the Broads, between Great Yarmouth and Norwich. The couple fed him for three weeks before finally being able to catch him.

Despite two years passing, Mrs Rowe said she instantly recognised the black Labrador.

“His markings were all the same, we knew instantly it was him.

“He was so excited, he knew who we were.

“We have no idea what has happened to him but we can tell he has been through the mill.”

As he recovers from his ordeal at home, Jetsie’s future is now more certain with Mrs Rowe pledging to keep him for good.

“He is staying with us,” she said. He is happy here and I really don’t think he wants to be anywhere else.”

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