When John Fahey's dog Minnie went missing outside a supermarket in Wood Green, he thought he'd never see her again. But after a campaign backed by a host of celebrities, John and Minnie have been reunited.
"I got a phone call giving me another number to ring about my dog," said John.
"I rang it and a young lad answered and said he had my dog and would like to claim the reward. He asked me to go to an address and I said I'd rather go somewhere public and he suggested Bounds Green tube station. I went there and a lady and a lad came along with Minnie and I knew instantly it was her.
"She recognised me and was wagging her tail. It was wonderful," he added.
John, a veteran West End costume dresser, received support from stars including Amanda Holden, Rufus Hound and John Barrowman, after a social media campaign to find Minnie.
"I can't thank people enough and I'm sure it did the trick," said John.
"I had messages from Australia, California. People think it's the best Christmas present ever and I agree," he said.
The 70-year-old admits he's more protective of Minnie now.
"I will certainly never tie her to a railing outside a shop and I advise everybody else, don't do it. It isn't worth it," he added.