Ready for today's cockle-warming story? A delighted family have been reunited with their six-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier - four years after he was snatched from their home in Bristol.

Mum-of-three Joanna Martin never gave up hope of finding her beloved pooch, Cotton, and has searched far and wide, reports the Daily Mail. But it was only when a friend spotted a dog who looked suspiciously like Cotton for sale on Facebook that her dream was realised.

Joanna arranged to view the dog, then contacted police, who met her at the property and arrested a woman in her early 20s for handling stolen goods.

"The police were fantastic," Joanna told the newspaper. "They came out and asked me for any identifiable marks he had and I explained there was a scar across his left leg from where another dog had attacked him. If it wasn't for that scar, I don't know if we'd have got him."

And PC John Shaddick - pictured below with Cotton, plus Kira, 12, and Katie, six - added: "I was delighted to have assisted in Cotton being reunited with his loving owners. There was no doubt that he also shared my delight from his reaction on seeing the family."


So the long-lost pooch is now safely back where he belongs - and Joanna and her three daughters are busy making up for lost time. Welcome back, Cotton!

You know what? He may be posing like a professional in these snaps, but we reckon Cotton is still bouncing for joy most of the time. Which leads us nicely into this...

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  • One Bark Per Jump

    Keeping the ratio consistent throughout the whole video.

  • 360 Jumping

    Jumping while spinning in circles. Dogs are great.

  • Slow Start

    But then he gets really into it.

  • Figuring It Out

    This floor is bouncy.

  • Nice Ups

    Jumping like a pro.

  • Unadulterated Joy

    If only we could all find this much happiness in trampoline jumping.

  • Rainy Day

    He still has a good time.

  • Boxer Bounce

    Don't bite the trampoline. Jump on it.

  • Swedish Bounce

    According to Google Translator, this is a dog jumping on a trampoline.

  • Sprinkler + Trampoline

    Just bounce up for a quick drink.

  • Snow Trampoline

    That does look pretty fun.

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