Jeremy Clarkson has made a little girl and her family very happy after he saved their dog from his farm. While writing a column about the new Range Rover, The Grand Tour host swerves away from his car review, instead telling a tale of how he was able to return a family dog to its respectful owners.
“I was out in my woods the other day when, out the corner of my eye, I spotted what looked like a fox darting into one of my pheasant pens,” he starts.
Fortunately, Clarkson didn’t have have a gun with him as he first believes it to be a fox going after his pheasants. Thankfully, he quickly realises it’s actually a spaniel, with its collar reading the name Rory.
“It bounded over when I called, all ears, tongue and waggly tail,” Clarkson writes. The collar also had the phone number of the owner on it, but upon ringing, he was surprised to find they didn’t pick up.
“Strange,” he said. “If you lose a dog, you tend to treat your phone in the same way a sailor who has fallen overboard treats a life raft.
“It’s the one link you have to the happy life you knew.”
After not being able to get through, Clarkson does a final check around his farm, just in case there was someone looking for scared pooch. No one was, so he took the spaniel home with him. Lisa Hogan, the ex-Top Gear presenter’s girlfriend came to pick them up, not in the new Range Rover press car, but in her own. The press car was simply “too new and shiny” to take it across the farm.
He said: “After I’d given him some of the stew I’d made the night before – he liked it, unlike everyone else – and a bowl of water, I tried the number again, and this time it was answered very quickly by a woman.
“But I couldn’t hear what she was saying because in the background there was a clearly distraught little girl sobbing and saying over and over: ‘Is it Rory? Is it Rory?'”
The young girl was obviously increbdily relieved that someone had found her dog, with Clarkson explaining: “It’s possibly the nicest sound I’ve ever heard. The sheer joy of a little girl finding out that her lost dog is safe and well.
“It put me in such a good mood.”