Dog missing for ten years and found in Newport is reunited with family

BACK HOME: Chance was missing for ten years, but was found in Newport

BACK HOME: Chance was missing for ten years, but was found in Newport

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A DOG which went missing from his home a decade ago has been re-united with its family after being found in Newport.

Ten years after he went missing from his Barry home, Chance the Staffordshire bull terrier is now back at home with owner Sion Cox, who last saw his pal when he was 11 years old.

Sion’s mother, Julie Coombes, said the incredible story began when Chance disappeared from her garden on Elizabeth Avenue ten years ago.

The heartbroken family spent months searching for three-year-old Chance, putting up posters and notices online, with no success.

Julie, 44, said: “You never really stop looking. You go places and you see a dog and think ‘Is that him’?”

Nevertheless, the letter Julie received from a kennel in Newport saying they had found her dog was the last thing she expected.

Assuming at first they mistakenly meant one of her current pets, both safe at home, a phone call confirmed that the dog’s microchip had identified him as Chance.

She said: “Sion walked through the door to hear me say ‘Never? You’ve got Chance!’ We were all quite emotional.”

“I didn’t really believe it,” said Sion. “I just thought it can’t be him.”

Chance had been found abandoned, grossly neglected and in poor health in a Newport underpass.

Julie and Sion went to visit the dog despite being told to expect the worst.

“As soon as Sion said his name, that was it. They were back together,” said Julie. “We could see he wasn’t well but there was no way we were leaving him, we said we’ve got to get him home.”

Chance has now gone to live with student Sion, who couldn’t be happier to have his old friend back.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “I never thought he would come back, at all.

“His back legs have gone, he’s got a few things wrong with him, he’s just been really neglected but he’s eating well and he loves going out for a walk.

“Any time I leave he cries, I can’t leave him on his own. He’s more than happy here though, he’s pretty chilled out.

“I just want to keep him going as long as possible now. If that’s six months, ten months or two years I want to give him the best life possible.”

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12:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

welshmen says...

Nice one, happy days....
Nice one, happy days.... welshmen
  • Score: 32

12:47pm Thu 16 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

that's an amazing story. and what an appropriate name for this dog!
that's an amazing story. and what an appropriate name for this dog! whatintheworld
  • Score: 30

12:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

gatty says...

great story :)...everyone get yer pet microchiped it pays.hope chance gets to live the rest of his life out a happy dog.
great story :)...everyone get yer pet microchiped it pays.hope chance gets to live the rest of his life out a happy dog. gatty
  • Score: 30

1:05pm Thu 16 Jan 14

hoppy13 says...

Whats the chance of that happening
Whats the chance of that happening hoppy13
  • Score: 19

6:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

welshmen says...

Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....
Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway.... welshmen
  • Score: 13

9:31pm Thu 16 Jan 14

nodnyl says...

welshmen wrote:
Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....
seen dog and chav a few times by old sainsbury store but well done Argus for a Happy story for once made me smile!!!!
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....[/p][/quote]seen dog and chav a few times by old sainsbury store but well done Argus for a Happy story for once made me smile!!!! nodnyl
  • Score: 14

11:39pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Fishkie says...

Awesome!!
Awesome!! Fishkie
  • Score: 10

12:47am Fri 17 Jan 14

newportscum says...

i seen that dog before one of the scum bags that walk around town
i seen that dog before one of the scum bags that walk around town newportscum
  • Score: 4

10:01am Fri 17 Jan 14

Caravaggio65 says...

I'm not 100% sure but I am pretty convinced that the dog me and my wife found near Tredegar park a few weeks back and we called out the Newport dog warden!!! Wouldn't it be fab if that the case! I have a photo on my phone that I took of him, he was a real sweetly.
I'm not 100% sure but I am pretty convinced that the dog me and my wife found near Tredegar park a few weeks back and we called out the Newport dog warden!!! Wouldn't it be fab if that the case! I have a photo on my phone that I took of him, he was a real sweetly. Caravaggio65
  • Score: 11

11:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

endthelies says...

What a lovely story. So glad you have your friend back Sion. xxx
What a lovely story. So glad you have your friend back Sion. xxx endthelies
  • Score: 9

6:52pm Fri 17 Jan 14

cymruamblyth says...

nodnyl wrote:
welshmen wrote:
Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....
seen dog and chav a few times by old sainsbury store but well done Argus for a Happy story for once made me smile!!!!
+1 also saw Dog and Chav well Chav doing his power walk around town.. The story and comments made me smile, Lady gets her fog back and a story everybody agrees on, win win:-)
[quote][p][bold]nodnyl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....[/p][/quote]seen dog and chav a few times by old sainsbury store but well done Argus for a Happy story for once made me smile!!!![/p][/quote]+1 also saw Dog and Chav well Chav doing his power walk around town.. The story and comments made me smile, Lady gets her fog back and a story everybody agrees on, win win:-) cymruamblyth
  • Score: 4

10:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

endthelies says...

cymruamblyth wrote:
nodnyl wrote:
welshmen wrote:
Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....
seen dog and chav a few times by old sainsbury store but well done Argus for a Happy story for once made me smile!!!!
+1 also saw Dog and Chav well Chav doing his power walk around town.. The story and comments made me smile, Lady gets her fog back and a story everybody agrees on, win win:-)
You're so right Cymru :-) In the words of Wet Wet Wet, Love Is all Around. Thanks for giving me a giggle too.
[quote][p][bold]cymruamblyth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nodnyl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Got a funny feeling I've seen "Chance" in Newport with one of the chav-drinkers some time ago in Queensway....[/p][/quote]seen dog and chav a few times by old sainsbury store but well done Argus for a Happy story for once made me smile!!!![/p][/quote]+1 also saw Dog and Chav well Chav doing his power walk around town.. The story and comments made me smile, Lady gets her fog back and a story everybody agrees on, win win:-)[/p][/quote]You're so right Cymru :-) In the words of Wet Wet Wet, Love Is all Around. Thanks for giving me a giggle too. endthelies
  • Score: 2

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