Toy poodle named Jet reunited with family after going missing in the snow

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family. L-R Romea Cafasso, Carys and David Thompson. Pict

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family after more than six weeks. L-R Romea Cafasso, Carys and David Thompson. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

An 11-year-old toy poodle named Jet has been reunited with her overjoyed owners in Ardleigh six weeks after she disappeared. 

Jet was last seen on a walk with her family just minutes away from their home in Ardleigh on Sunday, February 7, the morning Storm Darcy hit the county.

Carys Thompson has been reunited with her dog Jet who went missing in the snow. Picture: Sarah Luc

Carys Thompson has been reunited with her dog Jet who went missing in the snow. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A huge search operation was launched in Ardleigh and the surrounding villages to find Jet - who was wearing a bright red coat - but despite a number of suspected sightings she was never found, and the snow made searching for her even more difficult. 

Her family never gave up hope and continued to leave Jet's toys and bed out to try and guide her home as the icy conditions thawed. 

Jet, an 11-year-old toy poodle, has been missing in the snow for more than 22 hours. 

Jet went missing back at the beginning of February and she was wearing this red coat. - Credit: Romea Cafasso

But it wasn't until yesterday - more than six weeks after she went missing - that Jet was finally reunited with her family.  

She was handed into the Dogs Trust team by a man who had noticed her "looking lost" in the same spot near his home in Basildon for the last few days.

Romea Cafasso has been reunited with her dog Jet. Jet was found in Basildon after going missing mon

Romea Cafasso has been reunited with her dog Jet. Jet was found in Basildon after going missing six weeks ago. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The man searched the internet and found multiple posts about Jet being missing on Facebook, so he called her name and she quickly responded. 

He took her to the Dogs Trust team in Basildon, where they scanned her for a microchip and contacted her owners. 

Romea Cafasso and husband David Thompson, said they "didn't quite believe it" when they got the phone call more than six weeks after she went missing. 

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family. L-R Romea Cafasso, Carys and David Thompson. Pict

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family. L-R Romea Cafasso, Carys and David Thompson. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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"We didn't tell our daughters as we didn't want to give them false hope, so we drove up on Monday afternoon but once we saw her, we knew it was definitely Jet," said Ms Cafasso, who works as a teacher. 

"She is a little bit skinny and very fluffy, but we could tell it was her straight away."

Ms Cafasso said Jet was found without her red coat or collar on - which she would not have been able to take off herself - but she does not appear to be frightened and has settled straight back into her normal routine. 

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

"She was quite nervous during the car journey home, but she has never liked being in the car," said Ms Cafasso. 

"We then gave her a chicken dinner and she slept on the sofa all evening and has already been out on two dog walks.

"It's really wonderful to have her home and we are so thankful to everyone who has helped. Everyone in the village has been amazing."

Romea Cafasso has been reunited with her dog Jet. Jet was found in Basildon after going missing mon

Romea Cafasso has been reunited with her dog Jet. Jet was found in Basildon after going missing months in February from their home in Ardleigh. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Lisa Cooper, the rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Basildon, said her team was "over the moon" to be able to reunite Jet with her owners.

“Jet was found wandering alone and was brought into us by a caring member of the public – who we can’t thank enough," she explained. 

Romea Cafasso was reunited with her toy poodle named Jet at Basildon Dogs Trust.

Romea Cafasso was reunited with her toy poodle named Jet at Basildon Dogs Trust. - Credit: Basildon Dogs Trust

"We scanned her chip and contacted her owners and found that they have been searching for her for several weeks.

“She went missing in the snow in early February and at 11 years old her owners were obviously fearing the worst.

“Microchipping your dog – and keeping their details up to date - is the most important thing an owner can do to ensure they can be re-united with their pet if they are separated and it’s now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped in England, Scotland and Wales.”

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Toy poodle Jet has been reunited with her family and their other dog Morgan. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Jet has since been snuggling up with the family's other dog Morgan, and Ms Cafasso's two daughters Ella, Thompson, 16, and Carys Thompson, 13, who are overjoyed to have her home safely. 

She is now getting ready for a trip to the groomers to get back to looking her usual self.

Romea Cafasso has been reunited with her dog Jet. Jet was found in Basildon after going missing mon

Romea Cafasso has been reunited with her dog Jet after she has been missing for the last six weeks. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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