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A mini drama as pups vanish.

Byline: Mike Blackburn

Birthday celebrations almost turned to tragedy for Yazmin Gibson when her two pet puppies went walkies.

Eight-year-old Yazmin , who hand delivered the two miniature Schnauzers when they were born four months ago, was devastated.

Her mum Anita feared little Brandy and Shiraz had been dognapped from the family's garden in Maltby, near Thornaby, on Sunday.

But tears turned to laughter when the youngster and her puppies were happily reunited the next day.

The pups had escaped from the garden and made a beeline for the local pub.

But before they could order their namesake drinks they were intercepted by a passer-by and taken to a local vets for safekeeping.

Anita, who thanked the Good Samaritan with a bouquet of flowers, said her daughter was "absolutely thrilled" at getting her beloved dogs back.

"She raised their mum, Tia, and even went and vetted her boyfriend," she said.

"Then when the puppies were born she and her cousin delivered them, wrapped them in towels and cleared their airways.

"Both the pups are doing great and are happy to be home."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2004
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