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‘All of a sudden he recognised me’ - Owner talks about the emotional moment she is reunited with missing dog Bear

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:36 03 January 2018

Button Wilde with Bear the dog after he was found at Cranwich Heath, He went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button Wilde

Button Wilde with Bear the dog after he was found at Cranwich Heath, He went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button Wilde

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The owner of Chihuahua which went missing in woodland for two days has spoken of the emotional moment she was told her dog had been found.

Bear the Chihuahua went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before he was found two days later. He is pictured with his owner Button Wilde. Picture: Button WildeBear the Chihuahua went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before he was found two days later. He is pictured with his owner Button Wilde. Picture: Button Wilde

One-year-old Bear was spooked by the sound of a gun firing while off his lead at Cranwich Heath, near Thetford, on Boxing Day.

His owner Button Wilde and her daughters Danielle, Demi and Jodi, along with local dog walkers, searched for hours over the next few days for the young dog.

However 15 minutes after joining the search on Thursday, December 28, Ms Wilde’s other daughter Aimée and her husband Luke found the pooch curled up under a tree.

Ms Wilde had just arrived back at her house in Wereham, near Downham Market, after searching when she got the call at around 12.30pm.

Button Wilde with Bear who went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button WildeButton Wilde with Bear who went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button Wilde

“I was just in shock I just could not hold it together,” she said. “I got back in the car again, leaving my door unlocked, and just went.

“Luke was sat with him and was talking to him. I crawled under the branches and because I had a woolly hat on Bear did not recognise me and he started grumbling.

“I have always called my dogs ‘pup, pup, pup’ and then he looked at me like he knew my face and then all of a sudden he recognised me. I could not cope and it all seems so dramatic now but it was so emotional.”

At 2.30pm on December 26 Bear, who is described as a people dog, ran off.

Bear pictured at home with one of his family members. He went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before being reunited with his owners. Picture: Button WildeBear pictured at home with one of his family members. He went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before being reunited with his owners. Picture: Button Wilde

Ms Wilde and her daughters spent until 1am and in the pitch black searching for the small dog who only weights 2.5lbs.

Demi O’Shea said: “I thought in the weather and temperatures he was not going to be alive any more. I said to my sister I thought he was done but I would not stop looking until my mum stopped.”

She added: “It is still unbelievable and I still cannot believe he is alive. On the Tuesday morning we were out and it started sleeting and I just thought ‘he can not survive this’.”

Bear was taken to the vets but was given the all clear.

Bear the Chihuahua went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before he was found two days later. Picture: Button WildeBear the Chihuahua went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before he was found two days later. Picture: Button Wilde

He is now back home enjoying spending time back with his family and nine doggy friends.

“He is my mum’s child,” said Miss O’Shea. “We all moved out and she replaced us with the dogs. They are her world and she absolutely adores them. She would never have given up.”

The family expressed their gratitude to all who helped in the search for Bear.

Button Wilde with Bear who went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button WildeButton Wilde with Bear who went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button Wilde

Bear the dog. Picture: Button WildeBear the dog. Picture: Button Wilde

Button Wilde with Bear the dog after he was found at Cranwich Heath, He went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button WildeButton Wilde with Bear the dog after he was found at Cranwich Heath, He went missing after he was scared by a gun firing ar Cranwich Heath. Picture: Button Wilde

Bear being checked over by vets after being missing for a few days. Pictured with one of his family members Demi O'Shea. Picture: Button WildeBear being checked over by vets after being missing for a few days. Pictured with one of his family members Demi O'Shea. Picture: Button Wilde

Bear at home with his family. Picture: Button WildeBear at home with his family. Picture: Button Wilde

Bear the Chihuahua went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before he was found two days later. Picture: Button WildeBear the Chihuahua went missing at Cranwich Heath on Boxing Day before he was found two days later. Picture: Button Wilde

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