A DOG has been reunited with her overjoyed owner after going missing for 12 days and then reappearing 20 miles away.
Daisy the Jack Russell cross went missing from Seaton Carew after running away on Sunday, May 27.
Her disappearance sparked a huge search and an appeal in the Mail as her owner Gina Richardson desperately tried to track her down.
Gina was reunited with Daisy after 10 agonising days after she got a call to say she had turned up 20 miles away at a vets’ in Yarm.
It remains a mystery how Daisy came to be so far away in Yarm, but Gina says she is none the worse for wear for her travels.
Gina, 46, said: “I can’t tell you how happy I was when I heard she had been found.
“I was jumping up and down and crying. I’m absolutely ecstatic.
“It is a chance in a million.”
Gina, who lives in Easington Village, took Daisy in from a farm after her original owner died.
She then rehomed her with a family in Seaton Carew, but Daisy went missing on the same day.
Gina said: “With me rescuing her I felt I had let her down.”
She covered the seaside town in posters and the Mail ran adverts and articles appealing for people to come forward with information.
Volunteers also scoured the streets for her but all with no luck.
Then hairdresser Gina got a call to say Daisy was at Oaklands Veterinary Centre, in Yarm.
She had turned up in a field behind the surgery last Thursday, May 31, and in a lucky twist of fate a member of staff at the surgery, Joanne Rayner, was talking about how they had taken in a dog with her mum Linda, who is from Hartlepool.
Linda then sent Joanne, who is originally from Seaton Carew and now lives in Aislaby, Yarm, a picture of Daisy from the story in the Mail and she immediately realised it was Daisy that she had found.
She then contacted delighted Gina on Wednesday this week and told her the amazing story of how she was discovered 20 miles away.
Gina added: “She is a little bit thinner and a bit more nervous, but overall she just thinks it’s great.
“Now, she’s not getting out of my sight.”