Aidan takes up the story:
We were just taking a quick walk before going to the room for the night, when there was an enormous fireworks explosion. It was incredibly loud and it spooked and shocked Lottie so much that she managed to pull the lead out of my hand and raced off across the car park into a hedge. She was heading directly for the motorway. We called for her and looked around the area all night but couldn’t find her. The next morning, just as I was thinking the worst and just as I was about to call our children to let them know that she had gone, I got a phone call from Highways England to say they had found her on the motorway hard shoulder.
Bob Coulson, a Highways England traffic officer, said:
My colleague Lindy Noonan and I had a call saying that someone had spotted what they thought was an abandoned dog tied to the hard shoulder barrier of the M4. When we went to investigate we couldn’t see anything, but then I just caught a glimpse of a small black head hiding in the shrubs behind the barrier. When we got closer we could see that she was well-cared for and not abandoned, but she was cowering and shaking and was obviously very nervous and scared. We sat with her and calmed her down until we were able to get a phone number from her collar tag. Then we called Mr Hassan and got Lottie into our vehicle to take her back to the service station where Mr Hassan was waiting.
When I lost Lottie I suddenly knew what feeling wretched was really like. When I saw her being brought back again it’s hard to describe how relieved I felt. I am absolutely grateful to Bob and Lindy and Highways England for getting Lottie back to us.
It’s great to have such a positive outcome. I’m extremely happy that we were able to reunite Lottie and her family.
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