Scheme helps reunite Rushden dog with its owner

Tess and her best friend Red, who both have tags, with Rachel's four year old daughter Ellie
Tess and her best friend Red, who both have tags, with Rachel's four year old daughter Ellie

A lost dog from Rushden was reunited with her family within hours thanks to the Green Dog Club run by East Northamptonshire Council.

Tess, a Lakeland Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier cross, went missing on a walk in the woods near Blackfriars, Rushden.

Owner Rachel Birch said she felt ‘sick’ when she realised she had lost her pet of 13 years.

But luckily, Tess was found safe and well by another family not long after.

Due to Rachel having registered Tess with the council’s Green Dog Club, the dog was wearing a tag with a unique reference number and the council’s contact details on the reverse.

The family who found Tess contacted the authority, quoted the tag number and it wasn’t long before Tess was identified through the East Northamptonshire dog database and reunited with her owner.

The episode has left Rachel urging other dog owners to sign up and become a member of the club.

She said: “I would please ask everyone to get a tag as it’s free and easy to register.”

East Northamptonshire Council’s Dog Warden, Lisa Blackler, said: “Reuniting a lost dog and its owner is so much quicker and easier when they are a Green Dog Club member.

“Nearly 700 dog owners in East Northamptonshire have signed up and I’d love to see every dog owner having the peace of mind that membership brings.”

By signing up for the scheme, you will receive a numbered tag and registration on the East Northamptonshire dog database, dog mess bags and the chance to help with future campaigns to eliminate dog fouling and change attitudes in the district.

To join use the online Green Dog Club form on the council website at

To update your details, call 01832 742068.