Sausage Dog Sneaks On The Bus And Heads To The Beach
A tiny dachshund with a slightly unexpected passion for travel decided to hop onto a bus and make an 18-mile trip to the seaside - all on his own.
Four-year-old Frank had vanished from his home earlier this week, in turn sending owner Michelle Ballard into sheer panic.
But Frank had ventured out on his jollies, having strolled down a nearby road in Colchester, Essex, before boarding a bus bound for the seaside town of Clacton.
A worried Michelle arranged a search party with friends, fellow dog walkers and schoolchildren to try and track down her beloved pet.
Frank, meanwhile, was enjoying a ride on the no. 61 bus. He'd managed to slip on unnoticed, but was eventually spotted by another passenger - who agreed to take him to his home in Clacton after discussing what to do with the driver.
It wasn't until later that night the family of Frank's new mate spotted a Facebook appeal for the dog's whereabouts, and set about arranging a reunion.
Michelle said: "I thought a bus driver would have noticed and not let him on but maybe he boarded when someone was paying.
"Luckily, there was a kind gentleman called Michael who offered to take him back to his own home in Clacton.
"He took him in for the evening and was going to take him to the vet in the morning but his family spotted the post on Facebook.
"My partner Jonathan picked him up at about 7pm."
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Frank was taken home and reunited with a relieved Michelle - along with his four-legged friends Charlie, a two-year-old sausage dog, and Freddie, his two-year-old human brother.
Michelle added: "He is a valuable dog and you hear some horrible stories about situations like this. We were so lucky it was such a kind man who picked him up.
"It is completely out of character for Frank. It is the first time he has done anything like this in his life."
Who knows, maybe Frank was just trying to seek out some sealife creatures - like this curious little guy did recently.
Two-year-old Stanley and his owner Melanie Talbot visited the Sea Life Trust Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall, which is home to rescue seal Aayla.
There seemed to be a bond building as soon as the cute pair clapped eyes on each other, with Melanie saying the seal swam straight up to the glass and pressed her nose towards the pooch on the other side during the 20-minute encounter.
The new mates then posed for a few snaps, before Ayala swam off.
Melanie, from Newtown, Powys, said: "I've never seen anything like that before. Stanley has doggy friends, but this is the first time he's made friends with another type of animal.
"When we went to look at the seals outside she kept coming out of the water to look at him, they seemed to have a magical bond, which felt really nice."
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