Lost pup home at long last

Shepparton News - Country News - - MAN’S BEST FRIEND -

A blue heeler puppy who jour­neyed al­most 200 km from home has been re­united with his owner, five months af­ter go­ing miss­ing from a Mooroopna back­yard.

Thanks to a mi­crochip, Ned the blue heeler, now six months old, has re­turned to the arms of his owner Matt MacKenna.

Ned was only 11 weeks old and had been liv­ing with Mr MacKenna for three weeks when he dis­ap­peared while his owner was at work in Fe­bru­ary.

Mr MacKenna said the dog was shy and would hide un­der the bar­be­cue be­fore he got used to his new owner and his other dog, a 13-year-old blue heeler.

‘‘He was re­ally friendly, loved a pat and was just com­ing good and start­ing to play with the other dog be­fore he went miss­ing,’’ Mr MacKenna said.

‘‘I went look­ing around the back­yard and there were no holes or any­thing in the fence, so I thought some­one had taken him.

‘‘The first cou­ple of months with­out him re­ally sucked.’’

The Wyn­d­ham City Pound con­tacted Mr MacKenna last month, af­ter a woman in Sun­shine dis­cov­ered Ned sniff­ing around her back­yard alone, and a quick scan of the dog’s mi­crochip iden­ti­fied him as the miss­ing puppy.

Mr MacKenna was over­joyed, af­ter re­sort­ing to Face­book and a neigh­bour­hood search and said his miss­ing pup recog­nised him straight away.

‘‘I picked him up from a mate who was work­ing down that way and he was play­ing with an­other dog, when I walked into the shed he wagged his tail and jumped on me,’’ Mr MacKenna said.

‘‘It’s just me and the dogs, but they al­ways come camp­ing and fish­ing with me, so it’s great to have him back.’’ Best mates . . . Matt MacKenna is glad to have Ned back home. Pic­ture: Holly Cur­tis

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