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Missing dog finds own way home

Monday June 8th 2015

A missing trainee guide dog that sparked a huge search has found his own way home "as if nothing had happened".

Labrador retriever Toffee slipped the lead of his blind owner Ian Francis at Oxford railway station on Monday and ran off.

It was thought he might have boarded a train or have remained in the vicinity of the station, and an appeal was launched by missing dog service DogLost in an attempt to find him.

But on Wednesday evening he was spotted waiting under a hedge near his owner's house a couple of miles from where he disappeared.

Mr Francis, who also has heart problems, says he is thrilled to have him back, adding that the dog acted as if nothing had happened.

He put some food down for Toffee, who is being trained as a cardiac alert dog for him, and left the front door open.

Mr Francis says he came in, looked at him, wagged his tail and lay down on his bed, completely oblivious to what all the fuss was about.

Copyright Press Association 2015