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Sobbing mum reunited with missing sausage dog after trekking '60 miles' in four days to find her

Rhiannon Ingle

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Sobbing mum reunited with missing sausage dog after trekking '60 miles' in four days to find her

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Kennedy News & Media

One woman has finally been reunited with her missing pooch after days of tirelessly searching for her.

After trekking 'more than 60 miles' in four days to find her, this mum eventually found her beloved sausage dog.

Watch the emotional reunion below:

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Alifiya Mohamedbhai was scared that her dachshund Violet had been stolen after disappearing in Reddish Vale Country Park, Greater Manchester, while out on a walk on Friday (27 January).

The 33-year-old and friend Madeleine Fitzgerald, 28, followed the pooch's collar tracking device but when it lost connection, they still continued their search frantically for four days.

The Apple AirTag reconnected yesterday afternoon (1 February) and directed the 'aching' pair to an embankment where they found the dog sitting calmly.

Emotional footage shows Alifiya wading through knee-deep water towards the tiny pooch as she and Madeleine cry with relief.

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And like mother, like dog-daughter, Violet can also be heard 'crying with excitement' upon being reunited.

Alifiya then shared the emotional reunion on Facebook, leaving some viewers in tears.

Alifiya was able to track down Violet with an AirTag. Credit: Kennedy News & Media
Alifiya was able to track down Violet with an AirTag. Credit: Kennedy News & Media

The relieved mum-of-one said that she's been left with blisters after clocking up around 100km (62 miles) in the search for Violet.

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Alifiya, from Burnage, Greater Manchester, said: "I just couldn't stop crying. It was insane. I'd completely lost faith in finding her. I thought someone had stolen her."

Noting how 'quiet' and 'empty' her house felt after Violet went missing, Alifiya admitted she truly missed her four-legged friend's 'annoying bark'.

"She's not even an exploring dog and she hates going on walks." she said.

Alifiya was notified by the tag on Friday that Violent had wandered to a dual carriageway but there were 'no sightings' of her after that.

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Recounting the ordeal, Alifiya explained: "We were out for about nine hours on Friday. It was horrendous. I then covered 100km in four days."

With a 'sore' and 'aching' body, the mother-of-one admitted that she completely 'lost hope'.

She revealed: "I'd hardly slept. I'm exhausted. Every single bone in my body is aching. I've got blisters on my feet."

'I'd completely lost faith in finding her.' Credit: Kennedy News & Media
'I'd completely lost faith in finding her.' Credit: Kennedy News & Media
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In a last-effort of hope, Alifiya checked the app again and was relieved to find a location for the 'first time'.

The friends then made a bee-line towards the water, where the AirTag was pinging.

Initially thinking they would only find Violet's collar, Alifiya couldn't believe it when Madeleine saw the sausage dog next to the river.

"She was just wagging her tail like nothing had happened," she added.

Without caring about rocks or deepness of the river, the relieved mother 'just jumped in'.

Explaining the joyous reunion, Alifiya said: "She jumped on me, weed and cried but I didn't even care at this point.

"We just couldn't believe she was there and not harmed."

She explained that Violet goes on walks in Reddish Vale Country Park every day and knows it well, so perhaps the pooch knew how to make her way back there after her adventures.

She also desperately contacted Greater Manchester Police and independent dog finders to help find her, however by yesterday morning, she had given up looking in the park.

The pair had begun handing out posters but in the afternoon, she was urged to check the Apple AirTag's app a final time by her sister and it reconnected to Violet.

Violet is finally safe and sound with her mother again. Credit: Kennedy News & Media
Violet is finally safe and sound with her mother again. Credit: Kennedy News & Media

Now that Violet's safely at home, Alifiya says she'd love to know what the pooch got up to while she was missing and where she went because she was checking the park constantly.

She also says vets have called it a 'miracle' that she wasn't harmed and they've confirmed that she is still healthy.

Taking to Facebook, Alifiya posted: "We found her. I can't believe it but my baby is home. What a crazy few days it has been. I cannot thank everyone enough.

"There are some absolutely lovely people out there. A huge thank you to my family and friends. I love you guys loads. My baby is home."

Greater Manchester Police have since been contacted for comment.

Topics: Real Life, Dog, Animals

Rhiannon Ingle
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