Woman wades 60 miles through river to track down missing dog with AirTag
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Relive the emotional moment a woman re-unites with her missing sausage dog. Watch below:
After trekking 'more than 60 miles' in four days, Alifiya Mohamedbhai, 33, feared her precious pet had gone forever.
Dachshund Violet disappeared in Reddish Vale Country Park, Greater Manchester while walking with friend Madeleine Fitzgerald, 28, on Friday (27 January).
However, on Tuesday afternoon (31 January), the tracking device managed to reconnect and the pair were able to locate the three-year-old pooch.
As shown in the clip above, the overwhelmed pet owner wades through knee-deep water while she approaches her missing dog.
Alifiya cries with relief as she gets a hold of her little Dachshund Violet, who was just sat there chilling.
Alifiya, from Burnage, Greater Manchester, said: "I just couldn't stop crying. It was insane. I'd completely lost faith in finding her. I thought someone had stolen her.
"We sound like we're dying on the video but I put my jumper on her and she was absolutely fine. She was just crying with excitement.
"The house has been empty and quiet and we've missed her annoying bark. She's not even an exploring dog and she hates going on walks."
The mum-of-one said she lost hope because her 'body was so sore' from looking for Violet.
"I'd hardly slept. I'm exhausted. Every single bone in my body is aching. I've got blisters on my feet," she explained.
"Yesterday I tried the app again and for the first time we got a location. We took some paracetamol and went there.
"When we got there the AirTag kept pinging and pointing towards the water. I thought her collar might have been thrown in there.
"Madeleine saw her and she was just wagging her tail like nothing had happened. I didn't even think of the rocks or how deep the river was. I just jumped in.
"She jumped on me, weed and cried but I didn't even care at this point. We just couldn't believe she was there and not harmed."
Alifiya said her vets have called it a 'miracle' that the pet wasn't harmed and they've confirmed she still has a clean bill of health.
Her Facebook post reads: "We found her. I can't believe it but my baby is home. What a crazy few days it has been. I cannot thank everyone enough.
"There are some absolutely lovely people out there. A huge thank you to my family and friends. I love you guys loads. My baby is home."