Sussex: The escaped pet returns from the dog show hours later with a third-place rosette

Bonnie with her rosette

Congratulations to Bonnie! (Image: SWNS)

Of course, when a cat or dog goes missing, we assume that something terrible may have happened.

Perhaps they were kidnapped, trapped in a well, or eaten by a large bird of prey?

All of these things are possible – but sometimes the truth is a lot more fun.

For example, sometimes they run a half marathon or make friends on the train.

And now there’s another endearing tale (or cock?) of a dog who was having a great ol’ time while their owners were worry sick.

Bonnie the Beagle cross disappeared from her home in Bolney, West Sussex on Sunday morning and her family immediately began searching for her.

Peter and Paula Closier called the police, vets and dog sitter and went to find them personally, with the help of their two daughters and neighbors.

There was a happy ending when Bonnie returned home hours later with a large yellow rosette for her efforts, which earned her third place in a rescue dog competition.

Bonnie victorious and reunited with girlfriend Cleo

Bonnie victorious and reunited with boyfriend Cleo (Image: SWNS)

Peter Closier with daughter Eva and dog Bonnie, Bonnie went missing and won a rosette at a show after she was entered by a man who found her on his way to the event. Bolney, West Sussex, 13 July 2022. See SWNS story SWNNlost. A family was stunned when their dog escaped, only to return later in the day with a rosette from a rescue dog show. Peter and Paula Closier was sick with concern when their five-year-old beagle mix Bonnie went missing on Sunday morning (July 10). They and their two daughters searched the house in Bolney, West Sussex, and their neighbors even joined in. Paula, 48, had called the police, vets and dog guard to find her in distress.

Peter Closier with daughter Eva and Bonnie (Image: SWNS)

How did this happen?

Luckily, dog lover John Wilmer spotted five-year-old Bonnie walking down the street without a collar (since it had been taken off the night before) and realized something was wrong.

He was on his way to a dog show but shared a post on Facebook asking if anyone knew the dog’s owners.

A relieved Paula, 48, spotted the post and could soon make Bonnie come back.

But in the meantime, John still had to go to his dog show, so he decided to jokingly enter Bonnie in the rescue dog category.

In fact, she qualified on two counts when she was rescued from the streets of Crete when she was just one year old along with the family’s other dog, Cleo.

Bonnie received third place in the Best Rescue Dog category at the Felbridge Dog Show – her first prize ever.

Cleo has won three rosettes at dog shows for Greek dogs, but the couple, who are both dental technicians, had never entered Bonnie in competitions.

Eva Closier and dog Bonnie with her rosette

Bonnie was very pleased with herself when she got back (Image: SWNS)

Her owner Peter, 52, said: “We did the dog feeding around 11.45am on Sunday morning. Bonnie is usually there first, but she wasn’t there.

“We figured she might not be interested in food, so we completely searched the house. I couldn’t see her.

“I was just walking back into the kitchen when I saw the gate open and I was like, ‘Oh no’.”

Reflecting on the moment Bonnie got back safely, he said: “We couldn’t believe it. You couldn’t invent it.

“Bonnie was absolutely fine when she came back. She just thought she was having a great day.

“She knows she shouldn’t have gone out in the morning.

“I heard other dogs walking by that morning and I think she escaped trying to follow other dogs.”

Peter added that he might now be able to enter Bonnie in more competitions as she seems to have a certain flair.

“When she went missing I had five different outcomes in my head, the best part was that she came back,” he said.

“That was even better — she came back with a rosette.”

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