Pie returns from adventures
Missing cattle dog found after helping out farmers
Louise Joyce He coaxed Pie in for a pat and wisely attached a rope to his collar...
BURNETT and Louise Joyce’s cattle dog Pie has brought the much-loved story of Lassie Come Home to life.
Just like the fabled pup that found her way home across England, after a week missing, Pie finally found his way back to a Cracow property after disappearing from a ute tray on the road from Monto on Friday, January 9.
The Joyces did not realise he was missing until they returned home after dark and when he had not turned up by Monday morning, they sent out an alert on ABC radio.
“We travel around several properties helping them with mustering work and Pie is a very valuable part of the team,” Mrs Joyce said.
“He is also a good mate who will hunt and catch pigs, foxes, feral cats and dingoes when he is not mustering – and sometimes while he is.”
As a result of the ABC’s announcements, the first sighting of Pie was phoned in early Tuesday on the road near Ceratodus.
“We drove immediately to the area and searched for two days, calling on everyone in the vicinity,” Mrs Joyce said.
“Several people had spotted Pie on the road but it seemed he was avoiding houses, people and other dogs. We were hampered by lack of phone reception, which added to the frustration.”
One man, Bill Kerle, even told them he had been mustering cattle when a dog turned up out of the blue and gave him a hand getting them to the yard.
“When the job was over, he just carried on his way,” Mrs Joyce said.
The next sighting was from Wuruma Dam, on a direct route to his Cracow home at Gyranda.
“He was seen by Elvis and Brodie Pointon, who were cutting timber. But again, Pie just had a look, had a talk to their dogs and moved off again, ignoring any enticement,” Mrs Joyce said.
Finally, on day six of the search, when the Joyces arrived at the campertrailer they had set up at Ceratodus, Sandy and Jan Pointon were waiting to tell them Pie was safe at Paul and Ingrid Hattons’ place.
“Paul had gone to the yards late that afternoon and found Pie there,” Mrs Joyce said.
“He coaxed Pie in for a pat and wisely attached a rope to his collar, taking him back to the homestead when he returned.”
AUSSIE LASSIE: After being missing for six days, Pie finally made it back home to owners Burnett and Louise Joyce.