Cambridge family celebrate the return of missing Olive the dog after '12 days of hell'
The 18-month-old cavapoo was 'stolen' during a walk - and found 100 miles away after concerted campaign
A Cambridge family has told of their delight at being reunited with their dog Olive after it was stolen.
The 18-month-old cavapoo – a cross between a poodle and a cavalier King Charles spaniel – went missing from outside Direct Cycles in Chesterton on January 24.
She was found more than 100 miles away in Wolverhampton on Monday after a social media campaign was spearheaded by a trio of volunteers. Olive had been bought by a family who made contact after seeing the campaign.
Owner Natalie King, 44, said she, her husband Michael, their nine-year-old daughter and son, 14, had been through “12 days of hell”.
“She’s our first pet as a family. We all wanted desperately to get her back,” Natalie told the Cambridge Independent. “We had 12 days of hell trying to get her home.”
The children were “devastated” but they never gave up hope of Olive’s return. After the Kings went to collect Olive from Wolverhampton, the couple’s daughter wanted to stay at home with the dog.
Three volunteers, Valerie, Beryl and Angela, who use social media to help find missing dogs, launched a ‘stolen Olive’ campaign shortly after the news broke and were instrumental in finding the missing pooch.
“They were amazing. They are always working on finding dogs,” said Natalie.
She continued: “We’ve just had 11 nights of wondering where she has gone. We’ve been so worried about her. Some people have to go through years of this and I don’t know how they do it. But we got her back and that’s thanks to all the support we had both online and in the community of Cambridge.
“We had an amazing response and we wouldn’t have got her back without that.”
The family even had messages from well-wishers in Wales.
Olive is doing well despite her ordeal and has been catching up on her sleep.
“I can’t believe it,” said Natalie. “We’re so relieved to have her home. She’s our first pet, she’s this lovable, friendly dog, who loves being with the family.
“When my husband and I take her on a walk, if one of us goes ahead and the other isn’t with us, she will not move until we’re all together,” she added.
“She’s such a massive part of her family.”
The matter was reported to the police.