The dog afraid of fireworks running for 30 hours until the toenails are worn by New Year’s Eve fireworks she ran away and wearing her paws out.
Amy the greyhound-whippet cross bolted from her family’s back garden on New Year’s Eve after a firework exploded, leaving her so terrified she ran through a reinforced hedge and disappeared.
The one-year-old dog afraid went missing for more than 30 hours from her home in Conwy, North Wales, leaving her owners Joanne and Nick Gardner and their two sons frantic with worry.
The injured pooch had to have ingrained grit and ‘flapping skin’ removed from her paws, which were ‘red raw’ after the incident. Each foot had to then be wrapped in bandages, making her temporarily unable to walk.
Joanne said she felt ‘sick’ when she realised Amy had escaped from the garden, with her two sons Jack Harrison, 10, and Archie Harrison, 8, ‘distraught’.
It wasn’t until 30 hours later the family eventually found Amy cowering in a neighbour’s garden after they recognised the scared pooch from a number of Facebook posts the family had put out.
Joanne, a healthcare deputy manager, said Amy had been on edge all evening as the fireworks in their local area were very loud and started early. ‘It wasn’t just fireworks for 15 minutes – they were going off all night from 5.30pm all the way through,’ she said.
When Joanne opened the door to go to the utility room at around 11.30pm, she didn’t realise the dog had slipped out behind her into the garden. As she did, a firework went off and ‘spooked her’, leading the terrified dog to bolt through a hedge.
Nick went straight out to search for Amy while Joanne stayed inside with Jack and Archie, with Nick looking for her until 3am. However, he couldn’t find her anywhere.
Where do you start in the dark? It was like looking for a needle in a haystack – especially as she’s so fast and when she gets scared she likes to hide. There were so many places she could have been.