Clare Balding’s Lost Dogs Live leaves fans sobbing as owner shares moment she was reunited with beloved spaniel six years after she was stolen
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Clare Balding’ s new show Lost Dogs Live has left fans sobbing after telling the tale of a woman who was reunited with her beloved spaniel who went missing for six years.
Jodie Ferrier’s dog Fern, a black spaniel, was stolen from her garden on the Isle of Wight in April 2013.
It wasn’t until 2019 that Jodie and Fern were reunited after a Good Samaritan handed Fern into a vet, 80 miles away in Reading.
Speaking about the day here dog went missing, Jodie explained: ‘It was a day like any other.
‘I’m outside of my house, all of my dogs where there.’
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Jodie Ferrier’s dog Fern, a black spaniel, was stolen from her garden on the Isle of Wight in April 2013. She is pictured after they reunited
‘She was there one minute, five minutes later she was gone.
‘She was nowhere to be seen’.
Jodie frantically started looking for her searching nearby parks and fields.
‘Minutes turned into hours and it wasn’t until evening I thought, “I think she’s been stolen”‘ Jodie explained.
‘I felt violated, it was our home, it was where we live. She was a member of our family,’ she went on.
Jodie added that the days after Fern’s disappearance were ‘really dark’ and she really struggled through while looking after her young child.
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‘Some of my darkest days were sat in front of my laptop searching for her, wondering if we’re ever gonna get her back’.
Days turned into weeks, months and eventually years but Jodie never gave up the search for her pooch.
Then, more than six years after she first went missing, Jodie got a phone call from a vet in Reading.
Fern had been found in nearby Bracknell.
The new show also called on the public for help with missing dogs, leaving many of the viewers emotional
‘My goodness, is this the moment I’ve been waiting for,’ Jodie said.
She then drove three hours from the Isle of Wight to the vets.
‘I was worried. Would she be okay? Is there trauma?
‘I just couldn’t wait to get there.’
Reuniting was ‘the most amazing moment’ of Jodie’s life.
‘I knew instantly it was her’.
Signs showed that Fern had been used as a breeding dog with multiple litters of pups.
Jodie is now campaigning for a new law to make it mandatory dog’s microchip is checked whenever they go to the vet
This means she would have visited the vet.
Jodie is now campaigning for a new law to make it mandatory dog’s microchip is checked whenever they go to the vet.
‘Fern’s law’ was debated in Parliament in 2021, and has been included in the Pet Theft Taskforce’s report.
This means Jodie and her family are awaiting a decision
The new show also called on the public for help with missing dogs, leaving many of the viewers emotional.
‘Who is shedding some tears at Fern’s story?’ said one.
‘Tears in the eyes watching this,’ added another.
‘I am crying so much,’ added a third.
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