When Carl Knight lost his favourite soft dog he didn’t expect to get a whole new pack - and find a new best friend.
The 27-year-old, who has autism, had taken his beloved toy with him on a trip with his carer but on their return to his home in Marston Moretaine, the pooch got left on the roof of their car.
Carl’s mum, Myra Knight, said when they went out to get the toy, it had disappeared.
She said: “The car was parked on our drive, but there was no sight of it. It was a windy day so we don’t know if it fell off, or someone took it.”
Myra said Carl was so upset they put a message out on their village Facebook page hoping someone may have found it. But they were overwhelmed by the response of 11-year-old Marston boy William Johnson, who immediately offered to give Carl his cherished collection of toy dogs.
The story has a double happy ending – the original dog has been found (and promoted to pack leader) Carl and William have become firm friends through their shared love of birdwatching.
On the village page Carl thanked William, saying: “I was so sad cos I lost my dog ... but you gave me your special dogs to care for and you are now my special friend too. Looking forward to going bird watching, it was magic.”