A dog, whose daytime job is herding sheep on a Cumbrian farm has been reunited with his owner in… Scotland after he went absent without leave.
The collie was found lonely, scared and dog-tired by Briony Beckerley and Daniel Cope, two walkers from Scotland, at the top of Scafell Pike in the Lake District, which at 978m is England’s highest mountain. Miss Beckerley said ‘You just don’t expect to see a lone dog up there, it was quite a surprise. He was absolutely petrified and it took us a while to gain his trust by feeding him…We searched around the area for his owners but we had no luck. So eventually I picked him up and we carried him down the mountain with us until he could walk the rest of the way…We were shocked as to how a dog could have got to such a remote area. Judging by how thin he was he could have been there for days.’ They tried to get in touch with the RSPCA but the local office was shut. “We just couldn’t leave him there, so we decided to ditch our camping gear and hire a cottage so he could get a good rest” added Miss Beckerley. When it was time to go back to their home in South Ayrshire, the two hikers took the dog, which they had named Scafell, with them. Back home they got in touch with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Glasgow. As the black and tan collie was not microchipped, they were unable to contact his owners directly, so the charity launched an appeal to track them down. It worked and his owner soon came forward to claim him. The dog’s real name is Sid and it is thought he picked up the scent of a bitch in season, strayed too far and couldn’t find his way back. A case of being led by the nose.