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Image caption Hollyoaks character Cleo, whose struggle with bulimia came to a head in an episode in October

Calls to the eating disorder helpline Beat have shot up, after Hollyoaks aired a storyline involving a character with bulimia.

More people contacted the charity in October than in any other month ever, the charity said - and it thinks the Channel 4 soap had a "significant impact".

People with eating disorders have praised the show for the "hard-hitting" episodes, which saw character Cleo collapse with a heart attack after suffering from the illness.

"The story of Cleo is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of bulimia I've seen," said Praise Lawal-Okeowo, 18, from London, who is in recovery from bulimia herself.

"Her eating disorder wasn't at all glamourised, which is what the media often tends to do. Her lips were crusted, her hair was frail.

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Image caption Praise, 18, from London, says Hollyoaks portrayed the seriousness of bulimia

"What struck me most was when she was sitting in her living room and eating the sausage roll," she added. "It was the look in her eyes like she'd turned into someone else because she'd been restricting so much."

Praise, who was hospitalised because of her eating disorder, added: "My experience was similar to Cleo's by how she blamed others for her bulimia, never accepting that it's no one's fault but just a disorder that can occur from a build-up of underlining trauma in your life.

"Cleo hiding food, the binging, purging, restricting, baggy clothes, over-exercising and saying it's 'healthy' and 'good for me' even though it's another form of restriction.

"Refusing help or lying about seeking help. On her wedding day her having to clean her teeth from the stains of purging, which similarly I've ruined my teeth and had to have fillings."

She said people suffering from bulimia may spot traits in the TV character that they recognise in themselves, possibly sparking them to seek help.

"With Cleo's storyline, I think Hollyoaks have covered every single aspect of bulimia and it could help people now suffering and know how to seek help," she said.

Chloe Marsden, 21, agreed that the soap's storyline could be an "eye opener" for viewers, adding: "It was probably what I needed when I was younger."

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Image caption Chloe, 21, said friends of hers have died as a result of eating disorders

Chloe, who is from Leicester, was diagnosed with anorexia aged 14 and was hospitalised two years later.

"I had low potassium and was on the edge of a heart attack, like Cleo," she said.

"I really related to [Hollyoaks]. Everything that she did was what a person with an eating disorder does. It was like looking through my own eyes.

"Cleo's trigger was her boyfriend abusing her, mine was bullying."

Chloe, who writes a blog about her illness, has now been in recovery for two years although she said she still struggles now.

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Image caption Chloe spent time in an eating disorder unit for 10 months

She added that it is important to raise awareness of the seriousness of the illness, adding it is "one of the biggest killers" in mental health.

Tom Quinn, the director of external affairs at Beat, explained that the charity worked with Hollyoaks closely when writers were creating the script for Cleo's storyline.

Of the rise in calls to the helpline, he said: "I don't think we can say the rise is just because of Hollyoaks; our general trend is up although that doesn't mean every month is higher than before.

"But I definitely think Hollyoaks was really effective in raising awareness and I think we can be pretty confident it had a significant impact in more people contacting the helpline than ever before."

He said raising awareness is really important - but also making sure content is not triggering to sufferers.

"We want to be real, we don't want to be triggering," he added.

Beat offers two helplines - one for adults: 0808 801 0677 or email help@beateatingdisorders.co.uk and one for young people: 0808 801 0711 or email fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

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Image caption Hollyoaks character Cleo, whose struggle with bulimia came to a head in an episode in October

Calls to the eating disorder helpline Beat have shot up, after Hollyoaks aired a storyline involving a character with bulimia.

More people contacted the charity in October than in any other month ever, the charity said - and it thinks the Channel 4 soap had a "significant impact".

People with eating disorders have praised the show for the "hard-hitting" episodes, which saw character Cleo collapse with a heart attack after suffering from the illness.

"The story of Cleo is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of bulimia I've seen," said Praise Lawal-Okeowo, 18, from London, who is in recovery from bulimia herself.

"Her eating disorder wasn't at all glamourised, which is what the media often tends to do. Her lips were crusted, her hair was frail.

Image copyright Praise Lawal-Okeowo
Image caption Praise, 18, from London, says Hollyoaks portrayed the seriousness of bulimia

"What struck me most was when she was sitting in her living room and eating the sausage roll," she added. "It was the look in her eyes like she'd turned into someone else because she'd been restricting so much."

Praise, who was hospitalised because of her eating disorder, added: "My experience was similar to Cleo's by how she blamed others for her bulimia, never accepting that it's no one's fault but just a disorder that can occur from a build-up of underlining trauma in your life.

"Cleo hiding food, the binging, purging, restricting, baggy clothes, over-exercising and saying it's 'healthy' and 'good for me' even though it's another form of restriction.

"Refusing help or lying about seeking help. On her wedding day her having to clean her teeth from the stains of purging, which similarly I've ruined my teeth and had to have fillings."

She said people suffering from bulimia may spot traits in the TV character that they recognise in themselves, possibly sparking them to seek help.

"With Cleo's storyline, I think Hollyoaks have covered every single aspect of bulimia and it could help people now suffering and know how to seek help," she said.

Chloe Marsden, 21, agreed that the soap's storyline could be an "eye opener" for viewers, adding: "It was probably what I needed when I was younger."

Image copyright Chloe Marsden
Image caption Chloe, 21, said friends of hers have died as a result of eating disorders

Chloe, who is from Leicester, was diagnosed with anorexia aged 14 and was hospitalised two years later.

"I had low potassium and was on the edge of a heart attack, like Cleo," she said.

"I really related to [Hollyoaks]. Everything that she did was what a person with an eating disorder does. It was like looking through my own eyes.

"Cleo's trigger was her boyfriend abusing her, mine was bullying."

Chloe, who writes a blog about her illness, has now been in recovery for two years although she said she still struggles now.

Image copyright Chloe Marsden
Image caption Chloe spent time in an eating disorder unit for 10 months

She added that it is important to raise awareness of the seriousness of the illness, adding it is "one of the biggest killers" in mental health.

Tom Quinn, the director of external affairs at Beat, explained that the charity worked with Hollyoaks closely when writers were creating the script for Cleo's storyline.

Of the rise in calls to the helpline, he said: "I don't think we can say the rise is just because of Hollyoaks; our general trend is up although that doesn't mean every month is higher than before.

"But I definitely think Hollyoaks was really effective in raising awareness and I think we can be pretty confident it had a significant impact in more people contacting the helpline than ever before."

He said raising awareness is really important - but also making sure content is not triggering to sufferers.

"We want to be real, we don't want to be triggering," he added.

Beat offers two helplines - one for adults: 0808 801 0677 or email help@beateatingdisorders.co.uk and one for young people: 0808 801 0711 or email fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

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Lady GaGa Volunteers At Wildfire Shelter & Gives Powerful Speech To Survivors! – Perez Hiltonhttps://amanews.info/lady-gaga-volunteers-at-wildfire-shelter-gives-powerful-speech-to-survivors-perez-hilton/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:58:43 +0000 https://amanews.info/?p=149

She’s doing everything to support.

Lady GaGa, who was forced to evacuate her own Malibu home due to the Woolsey fire, took about 90 minutes on Sunday (according to

Along with reportedly handing out gift cards and posing for pics, the A Star Is Born actress gave an empowering speech to those who have been displaced:

“I extend my love to each and every one of you. I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone. And we have each other.”

GaGa also encouraged victims to pay attention to their mental health:

“Share your stories and talk to each other during this time. Let’s keep the faith together. It is so important that you take care of what’s going on in your head and in your heart.”

See a pic from her time (below)!

We love celebs that use their fame for good, especially ones like LG who were directly affected by the blazing fires.

We’re thinking about, and continually praying for the victims.

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She’s doing everything to support.

Lady GaGa, who was forced to evacuate her own Malibu home due to the Woolsey fire, took about 90 minutes on Sunday (according to

Along with reportedly handing out gift cards and posing for pics, the A Star Is Born actress gave an empowering speech to those who have been displaced:

“I extend my love to each and every one of you. I know we do not know each other, but I love you. This is an emergency, but you are not alone. And we have each other.”

GaGa also encouraged victims to pay attention to their mental health:

“Share your stories and talk to each other during this time. Let’s keep the faith together. It is so important that you take care of what’s going on in your head and in your heart.”

See a pic from her time (below)!

We love celebs that use their fame for good, especially ones like LG who were directly affected by the blazing fires.

We’re thinking about, and continually praying for the victims.

[Image via Instagram]

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This Doctors Notice Explains Why They Wont Be Accepting Patients Who Didnt Vaccinate Their Kidshttps://amanews.info/this-doctors-notice-explains-why-they-wont-be-accepting-patients-who-didnt-vaccinate-their-kids/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:17:06 +0000 https://amanews.info/?p=145

The only human disease ever eradicated, smallpox, was eradicated using a vaccine. In the 18th century, scientist Edward Jenner decided to follow up his observation that dairy workers who had contracted a relatively mild cowpox infection were immune to the deadly smallpox virus. In 1796, he performed his first vaccination on James Phipps, his gardener’s 8-year-old son. Jenner inoculated Phipps in both arms, making Phipps develop a fever and some uneasiness, but no full-blown infection. Later, Jenner injected Phipps with variolous material, and no disease followed. The boy was later challenged with variolous material once again, and just like the first time, showed no sign of infection. Jenner successfully repeated the test on 23 other subjects, including his 11-month-old son. Now, he’s referred to as “the father of immunology”, and his work is said to have “saved more lives than the work of any other human.”

Few public health measures can compare to vaccines. Vaccinations have reduced disease, disability, and death from a variety of infectious diseases. In addition to saving lives, vaccination has resulted in economic benefits to societies, amounting to almost $69 billion in the United States alone. A recent economic analysis of 10 vaccines for 94 countries estimated that a $34 billion immunization investment resulted in savings of $586 billion in reducing costs of illness and $1.53 trillion when broader economic benefits were included. But despite the overwhelming abundance of evidence, some people choose not to vaccinate their kids.

In response, Dr. Charles Goodman and other doctors are adopting a new policy. They will no longer see children and/or their parents who don’t get them vaccinated. “Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they’re not just putting their kids at risk, but they’re also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room,” Dr. Goodman said.

As doctors continue “firing” patients who believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism, some mothers who have been dropped feel “betrayed and upset.” Dotty Hagmier, founder of the support group Moms in Charge added that these parents made up their minds about vaccines after “careful research and diligence to understand the risks versus the benefits for their own children’s circumstances.” Some add that by dropping these people doctors might be sending them to quacks.

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that doctors should speak of the importance of vaccinations during visits but should respect parents’ wishes unless there’s a significant risk to the child.

Vaccinations have reduced disease, disability, and death in staggering numbers but some people still believe in debunked research linking them to autism

Image credit: Cheryl

In response, one doctor has decided to change their policy

“Our office will no longer be seeing patients that do not vaccinate their children. We will vaccinate those who would like to begin the process, however failure to comply with this policy will result in discharge after January 1, 2019. We can provide a medical release when a new physician has been found. Due to the overwhelmingly thorough research of science based findings there is a plethora of evidence supporting the positive impact vaccines have on children. As per Dr. Azmeh’s professional advice, along with the CDC and WHO (World Health Organization), we strongly discourage any parent from withholding vaccines that will undoubtedly help their children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please feel free to ask a staff member.”

Other health professionals are also doing this

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“Although I respect each person’s free choice, I have a bigger responsibility to all of the patients for whom I care for. Because of this, the office no longer accepts NEW PATIENTS who have decided not to immunize their children.”

As doctors continue “firing” these patients, some parents who have been dropped feel “betrayed and upset”

Image credit: Sunni Mariah

“Not vaccinating your kids leaves them vulnerable to disease their whole lives. When your daughter gets rubella when pregnant, how are you going to explain that you chose to leave her at risk? What will you say when she calls you and tells you she has cervical cancer, because you decided that she wouldn’t need the HPV vaccine? What do you tell your son when he breaks the news to you that he cannot have kids, thanks to the mumps that he got as a teenager? And what do you say when he gives influenza to his grandma? How do you explain that she won’t be coming home from hospital? Not ever. Do you tell them that you didn’t think these diseases were that serious? That you thought that your organic, home cooked food was enough to protect them? Do you say sorry?”

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that doctors should remind the importance of vaccinations but should respect parents’ wishes unless the child is in huge risk

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People had a lot to say about this subject

What do you think?

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The only human disease ever eradicated, smallpox, was eradicated using a vaccine. In the 18th century, scientist Edward Jenner decided to follow up his observation that dairy workers who had contracted a relatively mild cowpox infection were immune to the deadly smallpox virus. In 1796, he performed his first vaccination on James Phipps, his gardener’s 8-year-old son. Jenner inoculated Phipps in both arms, making Phipps develop a fever and some uneasiness, but no full-blown infection. Later, Jenner injected Phipps with variolous material, and no disease followed. The boy was later challenged with variolous material once again, and just like the first time, showed no sign of infection. Jenner successfully repeated the test on 23 other subjects, including his 11-month-old son. Now, he’s referred to as “the father of immunology”, and his work is said to have “saved more lives than the work of any other human.”

Few public health measures can compare to vaccines. Vaccinations have reduced disease, disability, and death from a variety of infectious diseases. In addition to saving lives, vaccination has resulted in economic benefits to societies, amounting to almost $69 billion in the United States alone. A recent economic analysis of 10 vaccines for 94 countries estimated that a $34 billion immunization investment resulted in savings of $586 billion in reducing costs of illness and $1.53 trillion when broader economic benefits were included. But despite the overwhelming abundance of evidence, some people choose not to vaccinate their kids.

In response, Dr. Charles Goodman and other doctors are adopting a new policy. They will no longer see children and/or their parents who don’t get them vaccinated. “Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they’re not just putting their kids at risk, but they’re also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room,” Dr. Goodman said.

As doctors continue “firing” patients who believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism, some mothers who have been dropped feel “betrayed and upset.” Dotty Hagmier, founder of the support group Moms in Charge added that these parents made up their minds about vaccines after “careful research and diligence to understand the risks versus the benefits for their own children’s circumstances.” Some add that by dropping these people doctors might be sending them to quacks.

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that doctors should speak of the importance of vaccinations during visits but should respect parents’ wishes unless there’s a significant risk to the child.

Vaccinations have reduced disease, disability, and death in staggering numbers but some people still believe in debunked research linking them to autism

Image credit: Cheryl

In response, one doctor has decided to change their policy

“Our office will no longer be seeing patients that do not vaccinate their children. We will vaccinate those who would like to begin the process, however failure to comply with this policy will result in discharge after January 1, 2019. We can provide a medical release when a new physician has been found. Due to the overwhelmingly thorough research of science based findings there is a plethora of evidence supporting the positive impact vaccines have on children. As per Dr. Azmeh’s professional advice, along with the CDC and WHO (World Health Organization), we strongly discourage any parent from withholding vaccines that will undoubtedly help their children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please feel free to ask a staff member.”

Other health professionals are also doing this

Image credit: associated press

“Although I respect each person’s free choice, I have a bigger responsibility to all of the patients for whom I care for. Because of this, the office no longer accepts NEW PATIENTS who have decided not to immunize their children.”

As doctors continue “firing” these patients, some parents who have been dropped feel “betrayed and upset”

Image credit: Sunni Mariah

“Not vaccinating your kids leaves them vulnerable to disease their whole lives. When your daughter gets rubella when pregnant, how are you going to explain that you chose to leave her at risk? What will you say when she calls you and tells you she has cervical cancer, because you decided that she wouldn’t need the HPV vaccine? What do you tell your son when he breaks the news to you that he cannot have kids, thanks to the mumps that he got as a teenager? And what do you say when he gives influenza to his grandma? How do you explain that she won’t be coming home from hospital? Not ever. Do you tell them that you didn’t think these diseases were that serious? That you thought that your organic, home cooked food was enough to protect them? Do you say sorry?”

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that doctors should remind the importance of vaccinations but should respect parents’ wishes unless the child is in huge risk

Image credits: Tampa Bay Times

People had a lot to say about this subject

What do you think?

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California Shooter May Have Acted Out On Revenge Against High School Bullies – His Former Track Coach Says He Was ‘Mentally Disturbed’ – Perez Hiltonhttps://amanews.info/california-shooter-may-have-acted-out-on-revenge-against-high-school-bullies-his-former-track-coach-says-he-was-mentally-disturbed-perez-hilton/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:34:35 +0000 https://amanews.info/?p=142 The gunman who

Officials are still unclear on a motive, but it appears Long may have been carrying out revenge killings on his high school tormentors. A former classmate of the gunman told TMZ he was bullied as a teenager because of his lazy eye, and it affected him deeply.

The classmate claimed that a lot of those students regularly hit up Borderline on Wednesday nights, and Long apparently knew some of his former bullies would be there. Long was also reportedly a regular at the venue, but usually kept to himself and drank alone at the bar.

Long’s former peer said he suffered serious PTSD after touring in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 as a decorated member of the Marines. However, someone else from his teenage years believes the vet has been “mentally disturbed” long before joining the military — Long’s high school track coach, who claimed he assaulted her about a decade ago. 

Dominique Colell told the

The then-senior allegedly ran over to his coach and cursed her out, demanding she hand it back to him. Colell said she then called the contact labeled “Mom” on the phone to confirm it was Long’s before handing it over, which triggered an explosive reaction from the teen. She recalled:

“Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone. He just started grabbing me. He groped my stomach. He groped my butt. I pushed him off me and said after that — ‘you’re off the team.’ I should have reported it then…”

Colell ended up not filing charges because she was allegedly told by the school “to accept an apology to not ruin his future in the Marine Corps.” Long brought her flowers to try and get his position on the team back the next day, but Colell refused, remembering:

“He was very determined and very angry. He was probably the only student that I was actually scared of when I coached there.”

Unlike some people blaming Wednesday’s attack on Long’s PTSD from his military tour, Colell believes it stemmed from much earlier:

“There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD. They don’t go around shooting people. This kid was mentally disturbed in high school. There were signs and the administration knew it.”

Whether it’s PTSD, high school bullying, or mentally disturbed… it all comes back to us needing to put a much stronger emphasis on mental health and gun control.

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The gunman who

Officials are still unclear on a motive, but it appears Long may have been carrying out revenge killings on his high school tormentors. A former classmate of the gunman told TMZ he was bullied as a teenager because of his lazy eye, and it affected him deeply.

The classmate claimed that a lot of those students regularly hit up Borderline on Wednesday nights, and Long apparently knew some of his former bullies would be there. Long was also reportedly a regular at the venue, but usually kept to himself and drank alone at the bar.

Long’s former peer said he suffered serious PTSD after touring in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011 as a decorated member of the Marines. However, someone else from his teenage years believes the vet has been “mentally disturbed” long before joining the military — Long’s high school track coach, who claimed he assaulted her about a decade ago. 

Dominique Colell told the

The then-senior allegedly ran over to his coach and cursed her out, demanding she hand it back to him. Colell said she then called the contact labeled “Mom” on the phone to confirm it was Long’s before handing it over, which triggered an explosive reaction from the teen. She recalled:

“Ian came up and started screaming at me that was his phone. He just started grabbing me. He groped my stomach. He groped my butt. I pushed him off me and said after that — ‘you’re off the team.’ I should have reported it then…”

Colell ended up not filing charges because she was allegedly told by the school “to accept an apology to not ruin his future in the Marine Corps.” Long brought her flowers to try and get his position on the team back the next day, but Colell refused, remembering:

“He was very determined and very angry. He was probably the only student that I was actually scared of when I coached there.”

Unlike some people blaming Wednesday’s attack on Long’s PTSD from his military tour, Colell believes it stemmed from much earlier:

“There are hundreds of thousands of people with PTSD. They don’t go around shooting people. This kid was mentally disturbed in high school. There were signs and the administration knew it.”

Whether it’s PTSD, high school bullying, or mentally disturbed… it all comes back to us needing to put a much stronger emphasis on mental health and gun control.

[Image via CNN.]

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Stolen dog found 300 miles from homehttps://amanews.info/stolen-dog-found-300-miles-from-home/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:53:16 +0000 https://amanews.info/?p=139
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Image caption Juan Mino was reunited with Kiara in Bangor more than a year after she was stolen from his garden in London

An 11-year-old dog has been found nearly 300 miles from home more than a year after she was stolen.

Pomeranian Kiara was taken from her garden in London in August 2017.

But when two stray dogs wandered into Peter Daniel's house in Bangor, Gwynedd, he was able to find Kiara's owners Juan and Antoinette Mino via her microchip and reunite the family.

Mrs Mino said she was "so thankful" her precious pooch had been found after she had given up hope.

Mr Daniel said he spotted two dogs going through his bins on Saturday while he got ready to go to his work, before one of them - Kiara - walked into his house and made herself at home.

After he put out posts on lost dog groups on social media, a woman volunteered to scan the dogs for microchips on Sunday - and while the other dog did not have one, Kiara's contained a phone number for her owners.

"They couldn't get their heads around it, I can't believe it myself," Mr Daniel said.

"While I was on the phone to the lady that owned the dog, her partner was getting in the car to drive the six or seven hours up here."

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Image caption Kiara at home in London before she was stolen last year

Co-operative worker Mr Daniel said when Mr Mino was reunited with Kiara, there was not a dry eye in the house.

"It was lovely," he said.

"I think we all shed a tear. Dogs are family members."

When Kiara was taken, Mr and Mrs Mino printed 500 lost dog posters, offered a reward and kept across lost dog agencies and councils.

But after a year went by with two false alarms and no sign of Kiara, they gave up hope - until this weekend.

'Christmas miracle'

Finally reunited with her dog on Monday, Mrs Mino said she had spent more than a year haunted by thoughts of Kiara being abused or killed.

"I've just been crying for days, I am so thankful," she said.

"We are animal lovers and we have had dogs who have died before but with Kiara, we were always thinking 'what's happened to her? Was she ill-treated? Was she killed? Are they hitting her?'

"My husband was home when she was stolen and he always felt guilty.

Image copyright Peter Daniel
Image caption Peter Daniel with the other stray dog who he has now fostered

"It is so nice to have her back."

But alongside the celebrations, Kiara will need some tender loving care while she recovers.

"She came home in such a state, and she smells, apparently she was with another dog and they had been living rough for months."

Mrs Mino added Kiara's coat is in knots and she will have to be shaved by a vet, along with needing health checks and vaccinations.

But Mr Daniel's life has also been changed after finding the dogs - as he is now fostering Kiara's stray friend with a view to permanently adopting the Jack Russell if its owners cannot be found.

He described the weekend's events as a "Christmas miracle".

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Image caption Juan Mino was reunited with Kiara in Bangor more than a year after she was stolen from his garden in London

An 11-year-old dog has been found nearly 300 miles from home more than a year after she was stolen.

Pomeranian Kiara was taken from her garden in London in August 2017.

But when two stray dogs wandered into Peter Daniel's house in Bangor, Gwynedd, he was able to find Kiara's owners Juan and Antoinette Mino via her microchip and reunite the family.

Mrs Mino said she was "so thankful" her precious pooch had been found after she had given up hope.

Mr Daniel said he spotted two dogs going through his bins on Saturday while he got ready to go to his work, before one of them - Kiara - walked into his house and made herself at home.

After he put out posts on lost dog groups on social media, a woman volunteered to scan the dogs for microchips on Sunday - and while the other dog did not have one, Kiara's contained a phone number for her owners.

"They couldn't get their heads around it, I can't believe it myself," Mr Daniel said.

"While I was on the phone to the lady that owned the dog, her partner was getting in the car to drive the six or seven hours up here."

Image copyright Antoinette Mino
Image caption Kiara at home in London before she was stolen last year

Co-operative worker Mr Daniel said when Mr Mino was reunited with Kiara, there was not a dry eye in the house.

"It was lovely," he said.

"I think we all shed a tear. Dogs are family members."

When Kiara was taken, Mr and Mrs Mino printed 500 lost dog posters, offered a reward and kept across lost dog agencies and councils.

But after a year went by with two false alarms and no sign of Kiara, they gave up hope - until this weekend.

'Christmas miracle'

Finally reunited with her dog on Monday, Mrs Mino said she had spent more than a year haunted by thoughts of Kiara being abused or killed.

"I've just been crying for days, I am so thankful," she said.

"We are animal lovers and we have had dogs who have died before but with Kiara, we were always thinking 'what's happened to her? Was she ill-treated? Was she killed? Are they hitting her?'

"My husband was home when she was stolen and he always felt guilty.

Image copyright Peter Daniel
Image caption Peter Daniel with the other stray dog who he has now fostered

"It is so nice to have her back."

But alongside the celebrations, Kiara will need some tender loving care while she recovers.

"She came home in such a state, and she smells, apparently she was with another dog and they had been living rough for months."

Mrs Mino added Kiara's coat is in knots and she will have to be shaved by a vet, along with needing health checks and vaccinations.

But Mr Daniel's life has also been changed after finding the dogs - as he is now fostering Kiara's stray friend with a view to permanently adopting the Jack Russell if its owners cannot be found.

He described the weekend's events as a "Christmas miracle".

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