Dog rest ye merry terrier

PAWS FOR THOUGHT!: Norman back with  owner Karen Hardy in time for Christmas after his motorway adventure.  (d449a252)
PAWS FOR THOUGHT!: Norman back with owner Karen Hardy in time for Christmas after his motorway adventure. (d449a252)
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A RUNAWAY pup was reunited with his family in time for Christmas after a 48-hour adventure took him onto one of the country’s busiest motorways.

Norman, a two-year-old Parson Russell Terrier, disappeared during a morning jog with his owner, David Hardy, in Wellands Lane, Scholes.

But two days later, Highways Agency contractors picked up the pet after they spotted him wandering along the roadworks lane on the M62 between Chain Bar and Brighouse. They then contacted Suzanne Walker, of the Yorkshire Animal Ambulance.

Suzanne, who earlier that day had seen an appeal for Norman’s return on Facebook, recognised him from the description and got in touch with the relieved owners.

Karen Hardy, who lives with David and their two sons, Sam, 23, and Will, 16, in Cleckheaton, said: “David had taken Norman out for a jog to the paper shop, but on the way there he got startled by a bigger dog and he ran away. David chased after him, but it was like he had disappeared into thin air.

“We were fraught, and when it got to Monday without any sign of him, we thought we would never see him again. Norman has been a part of the family since he was a puppy, and we desperately wanted him back.

“We could hardly believe it when we got the call from Suzanne on the Tuesday morning, and we’re so grateful to everyone who helped bring him home - including the workmen who found him, the Yorkshire Animal Ambulance and the people who posted on Facebook.

“I dread to think what could have happened to him on the motorway, or if he had caused an accident. Norman was a little subdued when he first got back home, but now he is back to his usual self.”

The tale was also captured on film for a pilot TV show following the Animal Ambulance.