Toby the dog’s story reaches the USA as crowdfunding appeal nears target


The story of Toby, the lost Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who ran off during a walk in Renhold and was later found, has reached a company in the USA who have now pledged to support a crowdfunder that will help find other lost dogs.

13 days after he ran off, Toby was found in Wilden by a team of specially trained search dogs managed by Sue Sutcliffe of Paw Behavior.

They searched for the lost dog three times over two weekends, also using thermal imaging devices to try and spot him in the undergrowth.

Despite finding Toby, Sue wouldn’t accept any payment for her time or resources, so Toby’s owners Mark and Kim set up a Just Giving page to buy equipment to help her find other lost dogs.

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Toby’s story reached over one million people via the Bedford Independent’s Facebook page and also attracted the interest of Flir Systems, who make the handheld imaging devices used to find him.

Toby's story has been seen by over 1 million people on Facebook alone
Toby’s story has been seen by over 1 million people on Facebook alone

They’ve now pledged to provide a significant discount on their products so the money raised through the crowdfunder can buy the best possible equipment.

“Flir are a leading manufacturer of thermal imaging devices globally and it was one of their handheld devices we used whilst with Sue Sutcliffe and her search dogs,” said Mark.

“They have agreed to give us a considerable discount, so with our current fundraising levels we can provide two devices of a much higher standard.”

The Crowdfunder is currently at 97% of its target. To help them get to 100% and beyond, you can donate at their crowdfunder page.

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