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Rex the dog finds his way home after three years

TT/Clara Guibourg · 12 May 2012, 15:23

Published: 12 May 2012 15:23 GMT+02:00

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“We’re completely shocked,” André Lauridsen told the newspaper.

Rex was stolen from outside Lauridsen’s office, in Eslöv, southern Sweden, back in 2009.

On Thursday he received a call from a woman from nearby city Trelleborg.

Upon discovering that a barking dog had been leashed outside Trelleborg’s district court for an hour and a half, the woman, Anna Thomasson, took the dog home.

Thanks to a chip in Rex’s ear, the real owners could soon be traced.

The Lauridsen family have called and thanked Anna Thomasson for finding their canine friend.

“It’s such an amazing story, I got tears in my eyes when I heard it. But I just did what you’re supposed to do, I don’t want to be called a hero,” Anna Thomasson said.

The dog appears to have been well looked after these past three years.

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However, the family no longer think the name Rex fits.

“We’ve started calling him Meche. We’ll have to see if he listens to that name,” said André Lauridsen to Kvällsposten.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

22:18 May 12, 2012 by jack sprat
So actually the headline is false.

The dog didn't find it's way home, but was found in another city and was only reunited because of its chip !

Get your act together TL.
14:40 May 13, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
@jack sprat - well, as the great Ian Dury once said 'Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story' Lol!

Personally, I'd have thought 'Rex' was a better name than 'Meche'.....
18:11 May 13, 2012 by StockholmSam
Got to agree with the first post. I felt misled by the article's title. I don't really care what names people give their dogs, but 'Meche' sounds odd...and 'Rex' is bloody awful.
23:00 May 13, 2012 by DAVID T
#1 and #3

You sure you're not Swedish - stop complaining it a frigging free online paper you twåts
23:52 May 13, 2012 by Flutterbye
Why have we only got a picture of a paw ????
10:11 May 15, 2012 by NordicCrown

...come on now! It should be possible to have a simple discussion here - without resorting to the hubris
01:07 May 17, 2012 by banuazizi
Does "Meche" know of his name change or it takes another 3 years to get used to the name ?
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