It was as the Suffolk Hounds were waiting for the heavy horses to leave the President’s Ring at the Suffolk Show, a most unfortunate incident occurred. Whilst queuing to come out, one particular horse became somewhat impatient and decided to kick out, catching the timber panelling along the ringside. The sound of this was almost like a gun going off. Remarkably only one hound took fright and that was poor old Suffolk Foreman, who decided to take off at haste to what he thought was a safer environment. This was not to be however, and in fact other than just a few sightings early on, he was not seen again for ten days.
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An appeal went out to anyone who might catch a glimpse of him but nothing. So it was decided that contacting the Headquarters of GB Railfreight, who run the freight trains out of Felixstowe to the rest of the country might reap rewards. Their Manager Julie Garn, who runs the operation, could not have been more helpful. She kindly alerted all the drivers as well as Railtrack that Forman was missing. As a result the first rain to leave Felixstowe the following morning was taken at a pace which would allow the driver to see if Foreman could be located. Railtrack also requested that members of their staff who were checking the line, would also keep an eye open for the hound.
To widen the appeal further, the Facebook page www.fortheloveofhuntingengland.com put out a message requesting that should anyone in the Ipswich/Felixstowe area have information on his whereabouts to please let us know. The news spread like wildfire and when Foreman was eventually found there had been well over 80,000 hits. All the comments that appeared on our page were helpful and supportive and it was through one of these Victoria Clifford who lives in the area, got in touch having located him. The Suffolk Hunt were hugely grateful to everybody who played their part in the search and as a result presented certificates to Victoria, Railtack and the Drivers of GB Railfreight. A cheque for £250 was also presented to the Railfreight Drivers chosen Charity of the year, Leukaemia Research.
Within a week or so Foreman had put weight back on, was out exercise with the rest of the pack and was looking as well as ever. What is more, a few days after his return, a litter of puppies that he had sired were born.
A great result all round.