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In 2014, Simon and Caroline Hall's cocker spaniel, Bonnie, was stolen.
The couple, from Durham, spent a long time checking lost dog websites around their local area but eventually began to think they would never see their beloved pet again.
But six years later the pair have been reunited with Bonnie after she was found in Norfolk.
On Thursday, November 19, the day before Bonnie's 10th birthday, the Halls received a call from a dog warden letting them know their pooch had been found 200 miles from their family home.
Mrs Hall, 48, described the moment she heard the good news as "a bit surreal".
They never thought they'd see her again
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She said: "We just can't believe it. It was only a couple of years ago that I gave up up hope but I was still checking all the lost dog sites.
"It's all a bit surreal.
"I'd prepared myself for the fact she might look in a bad way but actually she's looking quite well. I know the vets have taken wonderful care of her."
She continued: "We'll now take her back home and introduce her to our other dog, Jessie, and just have a quiet night in front of the fire."
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Experts from the Terrington St John Veterinary Centre believe Bonnie was stolen for breeding.
The dog underwent a hysterectomy at the centre where vets suggest her most recent litter was born within the last two months.
Fenland District Council dog warden Caroline Trigg was thrilled to be able to reunite Bonnie with her owners as she believes the adorable dog has been through a difficult time.
She explained: "I think Bonnie's had a hard time with the breeding side. Someone has made a lot of money out of her, which is very sad.
"And she has clearly never been to a vet's over those six-and-a-half years or her chip would have been read.
"But being able to get her back to her loving home is wonderful – just the good news we need this year."
The family added that they were so glad Bonnie had been microchipped as without it, they may never have gotten her back.
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