A family have been reunited with their dog 11 years after it went missing.

A dog

A dog

The Covell family were left devastated when their Jack Russell named Crumpet vanished from their back garden in Dorset when he was just three months old back in 2010 and had given up hope of ever finding him.

When Sarah Covell received a phone call from a local vet she had suspected that one of her terriers had gone missing and "nearly fell off her bike" when told that it was Crumpet.

She told the Dorset Echo newspaper: "I got a phone call from an emergency vet in Bournemouth to say that they had found my dog and my first thought was that one of my three terriers had managed to get out.

"Then when she said they had looked at the microchip and her name was Crumpet I couldn't believe it.

"I was on my bike at the time and I nearly fell off, I was so shocked. I had given up on hoping she would come back and thought she was lost forever. It's so lovely that she has come home."