Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By HAY­DEN THOM­SON

Kelpie dog Two will not need a walk for a while.

The miss­ing Murchison pooch was found wan­der­ing the road­side nearly 1000 km away af­ter she was stolen more than two years ago.

In May 2015, Gerard ‘Whip’ Dwyer had two dogs stolen from the back of his prop­erty, wak­ing up one Sun­day to find them gone.

‘‘One gate on the ken­nels was left open and the other was smashed off its hinges,’’ he said.

Ini­tially think­ing it may have been his mates play­ing a prank on him, Mr Dwyer quickly re­alised that was not the case.

The kelpie mother and daugh­ter, Dusty and Two, were gone.

But last month Mr Dwyer got a call from Coon­am­ble Shire, just south of the Queens­land border, ask­ing about a lost dog.

‘‘They scanned her (mi­crochip) and she came up stolen . . . I was just dumb­founded, I thought ‘you’ve got to be kid­ding me’,’’ he said.

A passerby had found Two walk­ing on the side of the road 160 km north of Dubbo in NSW.

‘‘Some­one picked her up on the side of the road in Coon­am­ble and took her to the shire,’’ Mr Dwyer said.

‘‘She was just walk­ing along the side of the road . . . they couldn’t be­lieve it ei­ther.’’

Mr Dwyer never thought he would ever see the dogs again and had given up all hope.

‘‘It’s a long way up, Coon­am­ble, mid­dle of nowhere . . . last month they brought her down on a dog courier,’’ he said.

Two was just 10 months old when she was taken, but came back as a fully-trained work­ing dog.

‘‘Who­ever had her has been work­ing her like a trial dog, she’s got her left and rights whereas most farm­ers say go back . . . this lit­tle dog you wouldn’t buy for less than $2000,’’ he said.

Mr Dwyer said who­ever stole the dogs from his prop­erty must have known where to go be­cause his prop­erty was hid­den up a back lane, off the main road.

‘‘It put me so far back, I ended up hav­ing to go to Jer­ilderie and buy a cou­ple of dogs, one was $3000 the other was $2000,’’ he said.

‘‘When Two came back she didn’t know me, but her mum Dusty would, she would def­i­nitely know me.’’

Mr Dwyer has now taken pre­cau­tions to pro­tect his prop­erty.

‘‘I got cam­eras in­stalled at home the week af­ter they were stolen,’’ Mr Dwyer said.

Murchison po­lice Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ricky Keast has fol­lowed up a num­ber of av­enues of in­quiry into the sec­ond dog, Dusty, which is yet to be found.

‘‘I’m seek­ing any type of con­nec­tion be­tween the Coon­am­ble area and Murchison . . . hope­fully peo­ple can help get the mes­sage out on so­cial me­dia,’’ he said.

● The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing and any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is urged to phone Murchison po­lice on 5826 2222 or call CrimeStop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Dy­namic duo: Murchison’s Gerard ‘Whip’ Dwyer was re­united with his kelpie Two last month, af­ter she went miss­ing more than two years ago.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

On the job: Gerard Dwyer’s dog Two came back trained like a trial dog, so has con­tin­ued to be used for what he was bred for.

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