Chris Walker of Belper (UK) was surprised and delighted this week to welcome home his cat Sparky, who disappeared in the summer of 2008.

Sparky had been found working at The Cliff public house in Crich under the alias, “Spud.”

Chris Walker was certain he’d lost Sparky forever. But this week he received a call from Alfreton Veterinary Hospital saying he had been found. Sparky had spent the last six months at he Cliff Inn in Crich, where everyone knew his name — because the regulars had named him Spud due to his affinity for the pubs locally renowned chips.

When pub employee Louise Randall took him to the vet for a checkup, a routing microchip scan turned up an owner.

Walker urged other pet owners to get their animals microchipped after Sparkys chip enabled Sparky to be reunited with his family.

Walker said, “It really upset the family when Sparky went missing but I always had a feeling he wasnt dead.
“The microchip was the best 18 we ever spent. You cant put a price on your pet.”

Joan, landlady of the pub said Spud had been visiting the pub daily for many months and affectionately greeted all her customers.

Pub regular Jim Durcan added, “All the regulars at the Cliff are animal lovers and we will miss Spuds company but we are delighted that he is reunited with his owners and his previous home.”

No word on whether Sparky/Spud misses his chips.

[SOURCE: The Belper News]

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