Owner and missing dog re-united thanks to community spirit
UBER the dog frolics and plays with devoted owner Jenny Spence after going missing for nearly five days. But the two were only reunited because of the community spirit of the people of Bristol.
Ms Spence, 25, was left devastated when the chocolate brown Doberman leapt from her car in Bedminster on Friday, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
The dog, who is nervous around strangers, then ran off into the dark, and the search for her began. Ms Spence, of Frampton Cotterell, set up a Facebook page to raise awareness of her missing pet, and was overwhelmed by the response.
Over the weekend several people got in touch to say they had spotted Uber, and the group of people registered with the site went above 1,500. It was also featured on The Post's website thisisbristol.co.uk.
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Reported sightings led Ms Spence from the Long Ashton bypass to as far as Lawrence Weston as she attempted to keep up with her frightened dog's movements.
And then, on Tuesday afternoon – four days after she first went missing – an exhausted Uber was reunited with her owner after a member of the public posted her whereabouts online. The two were reunited near the David Lloyd Gym in Long Ashton.
Ms Spence said she received a call from a woman who spotted the dog.
"When I arrived, there were already a lot of people there. Someone had taken their dressing gown tie and managed to tie it to the collar while others had fetched food for her," she told The Post.
"I just couldn't believe it, the support was incredible. To start with I really didn't think it would be possible but because there were 15 to 20 people looking with me at the end, we found her.
"I have never even met these people and I don't know any of them but what they have done following the appeal is amazing.
"I feel completely overwhelmed and I can't thank them enough."
She said Uber was now home and well after a shower and a visit from the vet and added that the whole experience has changed her view of Bristol.
"It completely changes my feelings on the city. Everyone has shown an incredible community spirit and I can't thank them enough," she said.
Ms Spence is planning a gathering at Ashton Court this Saturday to meet and thank all who helped.