Adored pup chased over bank
A pet goes missing and raises questions about how much control we should have over dogs in public places. Debbie Jamieson reports.
A dog house lovingly crafted from a cardboard box sits empty in the lounge at 12-year-old Skye Thompson’s Frankton home.
Skye had always wanted a dog and she spent her summer holidays walking a friend’s dog to earn the money to buy Luna at the end of January. She chose the Maltese/Pekingese cross from a litter of three and named her Luna in keeping with her own celestial name. ‘‘I held her the whole way home and slept with her. She was really tiny.’’
Skye’s devotion was such that she took Luna to puppy preschool, walked with her and played with her every day. And she met all of the expenses herself, including vaccinations and microchipping. All up, about $800 of her hardearned cash.
But everything changed three weeks ago when Skye’sMumColleen took Luna for a walk before tea at the neighbouring reserve at the bottom of Riverside Rd where she saw a woman walking from the opposite direction with a lead in her hand.
‘‘The next minute this dog was on the bank and came running towards Luna. It was huge. She (Luna) saw it come and turned around and started to run. The other dog chased her and the lady called to her dog and he didn’t come back and I was calling to Luna.’’
The dogs disappeared down a bank, where there was a slip. She saw the large dog return but Luna was not seen again.
‘‘Skye came back with me and we called and called but there was nothing.’’
The next four days were spent searching but there was no sign of Luna. Flyers were made and put up around the area while posts were made on social media pages such as Queenstown Trading and Facebook.
Many of them remain but still there has been no sign of Luna.
‘‘The hardest thing is not knowing what happened to her,’’ said Colleen.
‘‘I don’t think the dog was vicious. I don’t think he was chasing her to kill her. If he had, we would have found her. There’s a lot of small places down there. I wonder if she went down a rabbit hole or has taken off and ended up at the delta and someone’s picked her up. I just don’t know.’’
Colleen doesn’t blame anyone but herself for Luna’s disappearance.
‘‘At the end of the day my dog was off the lead and given the size of her I probably should have taken more steps to protect her but it is such a lovely place to have dogs off leads. I don’t want to spoil that.’’
But Skye does not blame hermumand she has rejected her mum’s offer to buy a new puppy.
‘‘If you get given something you don’t appreciate it but if you pay for it yourself you take really good care of it,’’ Skye said.
Missing puppy: Skye and Colleen Thompson with one of the many flyers distributed in the Frankton area in the hope Skye’s five-month-old puppy Luna will be found.