Brit stuck on Thai island returns home with four rescue dogs after ‘chaos’ trip

An electrician has arrived back home after spending several months in Thailand.

Mark Jeffries, 26, travelled for four days to get from Koh Lanta, a remote island in Thailand, back to Edinburgh.

After finishing his travels in Australia, he began working with the Lanta Animal Welfare Charity in the south of Thailand in late March.

Four days into his time with the shelter, a coronavirus lockdown was announced in the Southeast Asian country.

So he spent a few months looking after and training extremely vulnerable dogs.

As restrictions were lifted, Mark was getting ready to head back home, but couldn't leave without nine-month-old Poppy.

Mark also decided to bring three other dogs destined for new homes in the UK, including three-legged Tippy, Max and Flea.

All three dogs are now in loving homes in the UK – with Poppy who is with Mark.

And the trek back to the UK with four dogs wasn't easy but it was all worth it.

He said: "It was a four-day journey to get back, with four dogs.

"I had to get up at 5.30am to make sure the dogs were ready to go, then there was a 20-hour taxi journey to Bangkok Airport."

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He continued: "We had to stop every two or three hours to let the dogs go to the toilet and feed them, it was chaos.

"The taxi driver took me to his house for nine hours and let me have a shower and freshen up and the dogs could have a stretch."

Mark's trip started from Bangkok to Qatar, then to Amsterdam where the dogs went missing as they had been taken to the wrong side of the airport.

From there they were picked up in the car and took a ferry to Essex where Tippy, Max and Flea were reunited with their new owners.

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Mark is happy to be with his mum Jill, 51, at home, but admits he does miss life on the island.

He revealed: "I'm glad to have got the dogs back and got them settled, but when I was there I had a small bungalow on the beach and Poppy would be there while I was at work.

"Somebody wanted to adopt her so I had to make a decision: was that going to happen, or was I going to bring her back to the UK? I miss everything about it. Poppy is by my side all the time because she was with me every day."

Poppy was rescued from the streets by Lanta Animal Rescue who feared the dog wouldn't survive due to her friendly nature.

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