An 82-year-old woman who spent more than 24 hours in a woodland ditch before being rescued is being treated for the effects of mild hypothermia.
The alert was raised when she failed to turn up for a hairdressing appointment and her hairdresser contacted relatives.
According to her niece, Gen Jaggard, the woman survived thanks to her warm clothing, because the ditch was sheltered and because the warmth of her dog Monty prevented her from getting too cold.
The pensioner was reported missing at 3:35pm on Wednesday, 24 hours after heading off on a woodland walk.
She slipped and fell headfirst into a ditch and was partially covered by undergrowth.
A search involving fire crews and up to seven local police units was successful when her dog was heard yapping.
She was located in a bog in Pelham Woods, off Undercliff Drive at 6.25pm on Wednesday evening.
An eyewitness described specialist rafts and support lines being brought to the scene by fire crews and a police air support unit from Bournemouth.
She was freed just before 8pm.
Monty the dog is being cared for until she is well enough to return home.