|There was a happy ending for one four-legged walker on Upton Heath this week. Milo, a short-haired pointer, lost his leg brace while out for an evening stroll, leaving him disabled and unable to enjoy his regular walks, but he is now bounding around again after the brace was found by a Dorset Wildlife Trust warden and his dog.
Milo’s leg was badly broken when he was hit by a car in May when he was only 9 months old. With two metal plates in his leg and the specially-made brace he has been able to enjoy walks across the DWT nature reserve. Milo’s owner Matthew Pond, from Poole, contacted Dorset Wildlife Trust the morning after the brace went missing, in the hope that somebody might hand it in. Later the same day, Dorset Wildlife Trust warden Nigel Brooks and his dog, Buba, discovered it on their lunchtime walk and realised that the unusual find was not a piece of litter but Milo’s missing brace.
Needle in a haystack
On hearing the news, Matthew Pond said: “I can’t praise the Dorset Wildlife Trust staff at Upton Heath highly enough. I really thought it was a lost cause needle in a haystack came to mind. Since Milo’s had the brace there is no stopping him. Anyone who knows the breed will know they have boundless energy and do everything at 100 miles an hour!! We are so grateful that the brace was found as Milo has been forlorn and it would have cost us a small fortune to get it replaced.”
Nigel Brooks said: “We were very happy to reunite Milo with his brace so he can get out and about again. We find all sorts of litter on the heath but this was certainly one of the more unusual finds. Buba should take the credit really, as she’s the one who found it; without her, it could have easily have been lost in the heather.”
As a thank you to Dorset Wildlife Trust, Matthew has made a donation to the Upton Heath Appeal to restore the nature reserve after the serious fire in June. For more information, visit the Upton Heath Appeal page of the website
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Milo with his leg brace - by Matthew Pond
Dorset Wildlife Trust warden Nigel Brooks with Buba - by Nicky Hoar