Homesick dog goes on incredible seven-mile journey to get back to her owners

A homesick pup went on an incredible journey after she got lonely in daycare, taking herself across two major motorways and several other busy trunk roads in order to get home.

Phil Blakeway and Charlotte Webster, from Tamworth in Staffordshire, were devastated when they received a call telling them that their beloved three-year-old rescue dog Daisy had escaped at 7.30am on Thursday, February 18.

The pair had been trying to give Daisy the best in life after Phil found her as a sickly puppy on the streets of Sri Lanka.

That included taking her to doggy daycare while carpenter Phil and Charlotte – a doctor in Birmingham – were at work.

Charlotte, 29, told BirminghamLive: "I felt immediate dread once I had the call to say she was missing and hadn’t been seen. She had only ever been driven to the area and it is more than seven miles from home.

"Between our house and where she went missing lies the M42, the M6 Toll and numerous busy trucking roads which supply the north of Birmingham."

A post on social media was shared thousands of times, and 40 people turned out to search for the timid dog, but there were no confirmed sightings for several hours.

She was later spotted near Kingsbury Water Park and the Belfry Hotel, meaning she had crossed the two busy motorways and several A roads in her path.

At around 1am – some 18 hours after Daisy had first gone missing – Charlotte and Phil went home.

Charlotte recalled: "As we turned onto the drive my headlights shone onto the porch we had left open and there was a very sheepish and tired looking Daisy, dutifully looking out for our return.

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"I could see she was whimpering and her tail was going a million miles an hour when she recognised the car. I was so shocked.

"Never in a million years did I think she would be able to find her way home. We had lots of cuddles, and there was not a dry eye between us."

The couple, who say they do not blame the daycare facility for "headstrong" Daisy’s escape, had left a scent trail of their clothes and Daisy’s favourite treats and believe she followed that for the last few miles home.

Incredibly it is not her first adventure. Daisy travelled thousands of miles on a flight from Sri Lanka to Heathrow Airport in 2018 to be reunited with Phil and Charlotte.

Phil, 32, knew he had to rescue Daisy after he found her on the streets as a young puppy in 2017. She had been dumped along with her siblings, and despite being fed by Phil, Daisy’s brother and sister died. It is believed the puppies had tick-borne disease babesia, which can be fatal if left untreated.

With help from pet charity Animal SOS Sri Lanka, Phil managed to get Daisy to the UK.

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Charlotte said: "Daisy had a terrible start in life, being dumped and abandoned as a very young pup, and we have always tried to go above and beyond to pamper her and make sure her life is filled with all the best things to make up for that.

"I kept thinking after being abandoned, surviving the streets of Sri Lanka, surviving babesia and recovering from death’s door, we were going to lose her on the roads near where we live.

"We joke she is a bit of diva but her remarkable journey home to us showed she is definitely made of that tough Sri Lankan street dog stuff."

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