A letter, if we may, to recognise an amazing community response this week and to share our thanks – when our 14 week old cocker spaniel Ethel went missing after trailing a runner on Saturday morning on a walk in Harpsden Woods we were clearly completely panicked and thought we’d lost her. We would like to just say a massive thank you to the large number of walkers, runners and cyclists who all quickly became involved in the search for her and giving up their Saturday plans. Thanks particularly to the Shiplake, Binfield Heath & Harpsden community who spread the message via Whats app groups and the large number of residents who came out to help, as well as to the Henley Recommendations Facebook community who shared the word and helped coordinate so many lovely kind people and the national dogs rescue advice group. A big thanks specifically to an amazing lady who normally conducts search and rescues for people (!) who helped organise our volunteers into socially distanced lines to search the wood methodically. After 6 hours missing she was found by 2 eagle eyed teenagers cowering under a car on the edge of the woods to everyone’s great relief.
Clearly there’s a large dollop of embarrassment and a lesson learnt on letting a new and incredibly brown puppy off the lead in the woods (!!)– the main point is just to recognise the incredible power of social media to rally friends and the local community, and the spirit of Henley and the surrounding communities to pull together to help in the most incredible way without demur. After over 1000 messages of support and the help of over a hundred people, you saved the day..!
Big thanks and appreciation from the De Felice Family, including our latest cheeky member.