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Bury St Edmunds: Pet owner flies in helicopter to find missing dog

19:23 21 April 2014

Dog owner Lewis Blythe, left, chartered a helicopter to search for his and his partner Gary Lee's dog Murphy.

Dog owner Lewis Blythe, left, chartered a helicopter to search for his and his partner Gary Lee's dog Murphy.


If Murphy the Boxer dog could speak he would have a real tale to tell.

They say a dog is a man’s best friend, but in the case of Murphy his owner Lewis Blythe has shown him true friendship.

A relaxing break in the Lake District turned into disaster when Murphy went missing for five days, and he was only found when Mr Blythe, from Bury St Edmunds, flew out in a helicopter to continue the search.

A social media campaign started by the Notts and Yorkshire Boxer Rescue team went viral, with fundraising paying for Mr Blythe’s helicopter trip.

It was also embraced by celebrities including actress Jessica Biel, TV presenter Clare Balding and rugby player Mike Tindall.

Mr Blythe, who works for Suffolk County music service, said it was “quite a good belated birthday present” after Murphy was rescued on Saturday, a day after his birthday.

He said: “I was relieved and just overwhelmed at all the support from mountain rescue and particularly the Boxer rescue team - without them we wouldn’t have got our dog back.”

Mr Blythe explained he was on holiday with his partner Gary Lee and his partner’s mum and dad when the Boxer dog went missing on one of the hills in the Angle Tarn area on April 14 when his lead came off the harness.

After the mountain rescue team’s search was unsuccessful, Mr Blythe used fundraising cash to pay for a helicopter to try and find his beloved pet, which is aged one year and nine months.

“He was lying about 100 metres from where we lost him and he looked at us and he sat up and we landed and climbed up the hill and got him.”

The vet said Murphy was absolutely fine part from a few grazes, Mr Blythe said. He must have had access to water and must have eaten a lot of sheep poo, the vet had told Mr Blythe.

“He’s on the thin side. He lost about five kilos which is a lot for a dog and other than that he’s back to his normal self a bit.”

He said Murphy had become a “bit of a celebrity”.


  • Pleased to hear the dog was recovered safely. However, it was repoorted that he slipped his lead when he spotted sheep while being walked on High Street in Cumbria. Being familiar with that particular route above Ullswatewr I have some concern for the farmer's sheep. Walkers must take especial care when wallking dogs in the Lakes as sheep worrying is a major problem there often resulting in death to sheep and ewes casting unborn lambs. I pray that Robert's sheep were unscathed by this particular incident!

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    David Belton

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Great story what fantastic owners well done !

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    Passing through

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • Love love love this story broken my heart when read he went missing!!! So so happy hes home :-) so sad some ppl have to b so bitter and twisted ....ppl can spend THEIR money on what they want who r u to judge lol.....happy days murphy xxxx

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    Nicola Mack

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Thanks for your comment Steve. I don't think you have read the article correctly. No money was donated by celebrities. All of it was raised by the kind and caring general public, particularly members of the Notts and Yorkshire boxer rescue.

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    Lewis Blythe

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • As a member of the Notts & Yorkshire boxer rescue we took it upon ourselves to set a fund up to help find murphy. It was the kind donations from all of our members that helped fund the helicopter, we did not receive any funds from any celebrities....unless we have one masquerading under a pseudonym :)

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    Debra Pearson Was Perry

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Do "celebrities" (whoever or whatever they might be) pay for search and rescue of humans as well as dogs. Fingers crossed those "celebrities" with loadsamoney have a grip on reality, but I wont hold my breath!

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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