Call off the search party. Dennis and his beloved pet Gnasher have been reunited at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, one week after the erstwhile Abyssinian Tripe Hound ran off in hot pursuit of sausages.
After a nationwide missing dog appeal gained the support of dog lovers up and down the country, Battersea was finally able to reunite the iconic duo, thanks to Gnasher’s microchip.
It’s not the first time Gnasher has got himself into mischief, and it’s unlikely to be the last, but the iconic animal welfare charity is relieved that he’s safe – for now at any rate, Gnasher is now back at home in Beanotown with owner Dennis. Staff at the iconic south London centre are certainly relieved that Gnasher has gone home.
With 158 years’ experience of taking in stray dogs and reuniting them with their owners, there’s not many four-legged arrivals that can surprise the staff at the UK’s best known and oldest animal rescue. That was until they met Gnasher. The Abyssinian Tripe Hound made such an unusual entrance, leaving workers at the charity scratching their heads in bewilderment.
Head of Canine Behaviour & Training at Battersea, Ali Taylor said, “We’ve never seen a dog like him. Gnasher ran into Battersea and staff here spent hours (and many sausages) trying to catch him and then work out what to do with this larger than life rascal. Usually dog wardens or concerned members of the public bring in lost dogs to our centres, but Gnasher ran in himself, as if he was drawn to Battersea.”
“During his stay with us Gnasher certainly attracted a lot of attention from visitors coming in to Battersea to find a new pet. We found that he responded really well to training when sausages were mentioned, although he had some way to go when it came to the basics of sit and stay.”
Gnasher’s happy reunion with Dennis is a lesson to all dog owners on the importance of microchipping. Thanks to his microchip storing his owner Dennis’ correct contact details, he could swiftly be identified and reunited with his relieved owner. Not all dogs are as lucky.
New research released last week by Battersea revealed that less than one in three stray dogs found by or taken to Local Authorities are microchipped with accurate contact details for their owner. Even more worrying is the fact that 35% of stray dogs don’t have any microchip, despite the law requiring owners to microchip their dog being introduced over two years ago.
Now Battersea hopes Gnasher’s story will remind all pet owners to make sure they chip their dogs and keep their details up to date.