Some dogs will wander from their owners’ sights, but know exactly what to do to make it home again. Unfortunately, others have such an adventurous spirit that no matter how well-trained they are, when they get a chance to run off, they will take it… even if it means getting completely lost for days.
One English family recently learned the hard way that even the best-behaved pets can get themselves into a scary situation sometimes. But the story of what their dogs did when they ran off is one you won’t even believe…
Nestled in between two lakes in the countryside of Cumbria County, England, is a small village called Buttermere, where Liz and Graham Hampson live with their two dogs. Occasionally, their 21-year-old son will return from the Navy to visit, too.
But it’s the Hampsons’ pair of miniature schnauzers who turn heads everywhere they go. They are especially handsome and well-groomed pooches who are always the center of attention…
Charlie + Theo
Unfortunately for Liz and Graham Hampson, this became very true recently after the miniature schnauzers, who are named Charlie and Theo, found themselves in quite a bit of trouble.
While their son was home on June 16th, he was walking the well-trained dogs through a very hilly area known as the Red Pike fell. They were enjoying their walk through the countryside until there was an obvious change in the weather…
Living in England their entire lives, the family were used to the ever-changing weather there, so when a thick fog set in over the fell, no one expected that the pets could be in trouble.
Yet just as quickly as the fog rolled in, the pair of pooches scampered off into the hilly abyss surrounding them. Liz and Graham hoped that they could wait for the fog to pass and the dogs would return…
Unfortunately, by the time night rolled around, there was still no sign of Charlie and Theo anywhere. They had both run off into the fog and completely disappeared from their worried family.
Poor Liz and Graham were heartbroken and worried they would never see their beloved dogs again. All they could hope for now was that wherever they were, they were sticking together…
After they had to leave the area without their pets, the Hampsons launched a rescue effort and contacted local mountain rescue teams to help search Red Pike for seven-year-old Charlie and 15-month-old pup Theo.
All Hands on Deck
The devastated dog owners took to social media to spread the word about their dogs and also enlisted the help of friends, family, and neighbors in their search. In total, more than 120 people from the Buttermere area came together to search for the stranded dogs…
On the Lookout
They even used two drones to search the vast, hilly countryside from above. One day missing turned into two, which quickly turned into three days. The Hampsons even spent a night camping out in the area where their pets went missing, calling the dogs’ names out over and over again in hope.
It seemed less and less likely that the poor pooches were ever going to be found alive. Finally, after four days of searching, the Hampsons felt they were never going to see Charlie and Theo again and decided to go to their last resort…
“They absolutely love sausages,” Liz told The Telegraph. “They have them every Sunday for breakfast, so if there was one food they were going to come back for, it was sausages.”
Fire Up the Grill
The Hampsons knew it was a long-shot, but they were willing to try anything to get their beloved pets back, so they set up the barbecue and started grilling. Nothing could have prepared them for what happened next…
“One of our friends had the intuition to work out roughly where they would be and we started the barbecue there,” Liz Hampson said to The Telegraph. “It’s like the ending of a film that it worked.”
Together at Last
Moments after Liz and Graham started cooking the dogs’ favorite food in the middle of the open countryside, the dogs came running back to their distraught family. The Hampsons were completely shocked that their silly little idea had actually worked but they couldn’t have been happier.
Like a Mirage
Liz told The Telegraph that when the dogs first appeared it was like a mirage and she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “My husband ran up the hill to grab them as I was just shaking and crying. I could not function.”
Happy & Healthy
“It was great to see them appear through the trees,” said Liz. “They were thin, and they smelled, but thankfully they’d kept themselves hydrated in the heat. We took them to the vets the next day and they were given a clean bill of health.”
Safe & Sound
When the 49-year-old told her son in the Navy, he was thrilled and his mom could hear a huge cheer go up on his ship. The Hampsons have no hard feelings that he lost sight of the dogs, they’re just happy to have everyone back safe and sound. “The dogs are just gorgeous, and they are part of our family. It would be horrible not to have them around,” Liz said.
Father’s Day Outing!
Best of all, the Hampsons revealed that Charlie and Theo are actually father and son, so the family joked that they were off celebrating Father’s Day weekend, which was celebrated while they were away. “And they’ve told us nothing about what happened. I guess what goes on tour, stays on tour,” said Liz.