Springer spaniel survives five weeks lost

by Leanne Thompson on April 8, 2009

oliver_springer_spanielSpringer spaniel Oliver survived just over five weeks in the hills of Scotland.

12-year-old and partially deaf Oliver ran away from his owners and the three other family dogs during a walk close to Glen Etive in Scotland on the 24th February but was happily reunited with his owners on the 2nd April.

Oliver’s owner, Deborah Wyton told the BBC they had given him up for dead after hours of fruitless searching and had worried he may have run away to die because just twelve weeks earlier he had suffered a stroke and the vet had said he may not have long to live.

She said: “He is my wonder dog.  We thought he had gone off to die because 12 weeks earlier he had a stroke and the vet wasn’t sure how long he would last.”

Oliver was found curled in a shed over eight miles away as the crow flies.  A local man discovered him, fed him food and water and wiped the mud from his dog tag to find the owner’s number.

Mrs Wyton said: “I think I almost deafened the man when he told me he had found Oliver. I screamed. I was so happy.”

It was only the other day we told of the amazing story of the cattle dog who survived swimming six miles in shark infested water and four months living on a desert island, and it is stories such as these that prove how resilient our beloved dogs really are.

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