Toddler loses his dog & dad thinks it was kidnapped. But then woman calls—but photo she sends—bizarre

January 27, 2018 3:30 pm Last Updated: January 29, 2018 3:19 pm

There are few greater bonds in this world than a boy and his dog. As a child, having another creature to look after and grow up with can make a world of difference. So, when that pup goes missing, it can be absolutely devastating!

In December 2017, Morse the border-terrier disappeared from his home in Marden, southeast England.

His “best friend,” 3-year-old Edward Latter, couldn’t bear the thought of losing Morse forever, yet his parents assumed that’s the way it was.

You see, Edward’s father, Richard Latter, had heard a rumor that two men put Morse into their van soon after he had left the house.

“My gut instinct was he was taken away and used for stud,” Latter told the Metro.

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Still, little Edward held out hope for his dog’s return. When Christmastime came around, his letter to Santa didn’t ask for toys or electronics.

All that Edward wanted was to get his little doggy friend back.

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The letter said: “Dear Father Christmas, I just want one present for Christmas this year, my dog Morse back. ‘I’ve been a very good boy all year. Thank you, Edward, aged two and three quarters.”

The letters soon made the rounds on the internet and was eventually seen by reality TV host and producer, Simon Cowell.

Simon Cowell, an animal lover himself, offered up a £10,000 reward to anyone who could help find the dog.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️REUNITED❤️❤️❤️❤️REUNITED❤️❤️❤️❤️REUNITEDEDWARDS MORSE IS STILL NOT HOME, ONE SHARE COULD MAKE A LITTLE BOY…

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On January 13, Morse and Edward were finally reunited, yet not without a bit of confusion.

Morse was discovered by a couple living 20 miles away from the Latters, covered in mud. It’s unknown how he got there, how he escaped his captors, or if the captor rumors were even true (they most likely were, more on that in a bit) but he was found alive and fairly healthy, albeit pretty dirty.

When the couple first contacted the Latters, saying that they had found their dog, they weren’t sure quite what to think. Then they sent a photo of him looking clipped and trimmed in a way that Morse never was before. The dog looked similar to theirs but not the same. Nevertheless, they trusted Edward’s instincts.

“Me and [my girlfriend] Amanda were still quite skeptical, but Edward saw him and recognized him straight away,” Latter told the Metro. “He just said ‘Is that Morse, is Morse coming home with us?’ He was absolutely over the moon.”

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When the family went to pick up Morse, he didn’t respond to his name at first. Again they thought that it might not be the right dog. Yet, when they took him to a vet and scanned his microchip, they knew for sure he was Morse.

“We instantly broke down in tears. I was delirious for a few seconds, it was absolutely wonderful, we were just hugging each other, hugging Edward and hugging the dog. It’s just surreal, I can’t get over it,” said Latter.

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After some critical thinking, Latter realized what was up with Morse’s new look. It likely had to do with his captors.

“They were trying to make him more desirable and better looking to be sold on. He was either sold on and escaped or escaped from them,” he said.

Regardless of what Morse had to go through, he seems no worse for wear. Little Edward is just so excited to have his 10-month-old puppy back!

Thank you all so much for your kind messages. They mean the world to us. A few people have asked exactly when Morse…

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“We have got Morse back. I can’t believe it, I have my best friend back!” the boy said, according to the Metro. “It’s too late for Christmas but this is the best present ever!”

Posted by Amanda Hopkins on Sunday, January 14, 2018