Pie re­turns from ad­ven­tures

Miss­ing cat­tle dog found af­ter help­ing out farm­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AUSSIE LASSIE: Af­ter be­ing miss­ing for six days, Pie fi­nally made it back home to own­ers Bur­nett and Louise Joyce.

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