Levi Jade Spark, from Halifax, with her beloved dog Junior, who went missing in 2015
A woman has been reunited with her beloved dog more than three years after he disappeared.
Levi Jade Spark, from Halifax, spent months trying to find her pet Junior, who went missing in February 2015 while being looked after by her great aunt in Mixenden, West Yorkshire.
The mother of one had given up any hope that she would ever see him again.
But then one day she suddenly saw a Facebook post about a dog that had been found on Swalesmoor Road – four miles away from where Junior had vanished years earlier.
The 22-year-old went to visit the lost dog on May 7 and confirmed it was Junior.
The Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with an American bulldog was even wearing the same collar he had on when he disappeared.
‘It was so unexpected. I never thought I would see him again,’ said Miss Spark.
‘He had bolted from my great aunt in a field and she just could not keep up with him.
‘I had spent months putting up posters, ringing around kennels and rescues but never heard anything.’
Miss Spark had given up all hope of ever being reunited with her pet after he ran off during a walk in Mixenden, West Yorkshire
The Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with an American bulldog was finally found more than three years later
But then Miss Spark came across a picture of a lost dog which looked just like Junior.
‘I commented and sent some photos I had and everyone on the post agreed they had similar markings.
‘The woman who found him got in touch and asked me if I wanted to see him.’
Miss Spark went to visit the dog and, to her delight, it was Junior.
The pair enjoy a walk together after years of being apart
The pooch seemed to remember his owner – pouncing on her in the car and licking her face.
He could even still do the little tricks she taught him before he went missing.
Miss Spark said: ‘He has settled back in very well. It is like he has never been away.
‘He hasn’t really left my side since he has been back. He follows me all over the house, even waiting outside the bathroom door for me.’
Although it is a mystery where Junior was for the three years he was missing, it is suspected he may have been tied up somewhere and neglected.
He came back home underweight and behaved slightly differently towards strangers.
‘He never use to bark at the postman but now it triggers him. He also now barks at people just passing by, which he never did before,’ said Miss Spark.
‘We believe he may have been tied up somewhere, possibly used as a guard dog or even just left there because he is a bit anxious on the lead now.
‘The pads on his feet are rubbed away and very sore. Junior also has a mark on his face and his toenails were overgrown.
‘Other than that he seems to be a pretty happy dog now he is home.’
This Snapchat post shows the moment Miss Spark and her beloved pooch were finally reunited
Adorable: Junior was even wearing the same collar he had on the day he vanished when he was returned to his owner