NORTHERN IRELAND dog owner Emmane Smyth is baffled how her Labrador/Whippet cross, Bonny, travelled 61 miles to Belfast after disappearing from her home in Limavady four days earlier.

Nine-year-old Bonny had disappeared before but had turned up after a short period of time so initially Emmane wasn’t too concerned. But as time passed her anxiety grew and after four days she was fearful something had happened to Bonny.

However, a radio news story heard by a friend reported that a dog had been found in Belfast fitting Bonnie’s description. That raised Emmane’s hopes and they were given a further boost by the news that the dog was wearing a red collar just like Bonny’s and it had been bitten into, again, just like Bonny’s.

It turned out Bonny had been found by a Belfast couple who had kept her at their home until her owner, Emmane, had been traced using by scanning Bonny’s microchip.

Emmane told BBC News Northern Ireland: “I have to thank them so much for their kindness. I know they treated her so well and took her for a walk. It's great to know that there are some genuine people out there.

“It's quite funny to sit back and speculate as to how she got there. It's like something from a film. She could have jumped in the boot of a taxi to go on a journey. She could have got the train. You just don't know.

“I genuinely think that someone picked her up along the road then just decided to let her go at a random spot which is worrying too. I just hope she wasn't snacking out the back of any restaurants or that. The funny thing is, only she knows.

“When I got to finally see her again, she wagged her tail and smiled at me. She is so loveable and is always on the lookout for intruders around the house and on the streets. My friend fell one day crossing the main road and Bonny came running straight back to guard her from further injuries. She's a superstar. Maybe the next step is Hollywood?”

Maybe but in the meantime Emmane is sure to by Bonny a new lead and collar and save the old one to remind her of this amazing adventure.