Dog reunited with family TWO YEARS after he went missing


There were tears of joy when a family in Sasolburg were reunited with their beloved Bull Terrier after he’d been missing for two years.

And when four-year-old Milo saw his Dachshund brother and sister, the excitement couldn’t be contained, says Alan Joynt, Milo’s human. Alan and his family never stopped looking for Milo since his disappearance from their property one fateful day.

“Back then my brother in law was still in the police force. We sent him pictures and drove all over looking for Milo,” Alan says. They tried everything, from the Bull Terrier Club to various Facebook pages.

Last week Sasolburg police confiscated Milo from the people in Zamdela outside Sasolburg because he was chained up and neglected. He was taken to Purpaws for Life, an animal rehabilitation organisation. The Joynts’ daughter saw Milo on the organisation’s Facebook page on Sunday evening.

“When we arrived [at the organisation] to fetch Milo, I had a good cry,” Alan says. Back home his wife and daughter were just as emotional.

Milo was taken to the vet where he remained for a week because he had tick-bite fever and was thin and malnourished.

“He’s on a strict diet now to get him back into top form.”

Alan’s mother in law, Susan van Rooyen, has given Milo a bag of biltong to welcome him home, but he only gets a tiny a bit each day. Since he’s been home Milo’s already gone from weighing 8 kg to 12 kg.

“Milo is like a child in our home, just like our sausage dogs. All our friends, even those who don’t like Bull Terriers, love Milo. When we sit down to eat, he sits down with us on his chair.”

This special pooch also loves sitting next to his humans when they’re driving in the car. “We were raised to treat our dogs as human,” Alan says.

Even when garden services come to the house, Milo starts jumping for joy. “That’s why he was taken so easily – he’s such a friendly dog,” Alan adds.

“He’s back to his old self. He’s loving us up.

“We got incredible support from people. Many people even offered to help with the vet’s fees, but we’re lucky to be in a position where we didn’t need it. We asked people to rather donate to Purpaws for Life,” Alan says.


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