Coco reunited with his family

Coco, re-united with Ruby and fellow pet Honey (right).
Coco, re-united with Ruby and fellow pet Honey (right).

A family have spoken of their gratitude to kind-hearted residents in the Skegness area who helped reunite them with their missing chihuahua.

Three-year-old Coco went missing from Orchard Park, in Ingoldmells, in mid-September during one of his owners’ regular visits to the caravan park.

The family, who live in Bestwood Village, Nottingham, put up posters of Coco in the area, registered him on a missing dog website and posted an appeal on Facebook community pages for Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Skegness.

Following strong public support, the Reek-Jackson clan have been reunited with Coco - just over a fortnight after he went missing.

Rachael Reek-Jackson, 41, wife of Pete Reek and mother to Jodie, 17, and Ruby, eight, said: “We have all been living a nightmare for two weeks.”

The nightmare came to an end after the family got a phone call from a man who believed he had unwittingly bought Coco for £150 on the seafront.

The man’s brother had later suggested to him that, given the price, the dog may have been stolen.

An online search then led them to the Reek-Jackson family.

“I feel so lucky,” Rachael said.

Of the reunion with Coco, she said: “Coco went mad. He was whining and wagging his tail and really excited. My little girl was crying her eyes out, I was crying, my husband was crying.”

The family have thanked people in the Skegness area who supported them in their search for Coco.

This included helping to keep the online appeal prominent on Facebook, but also heading out in search of the dog on the family’s behalf.

“They have taken it on themselves to go out daily looking for him and I don’t even know these people,” Rachael said.