Tiny dog lost in bush after crash
‘‘She's never spent a night outside in her life ... even when she's indoors the noise of the wind howling through the trees scares her.’’
Taking their dog on a rare car journey ended in disaster for a couple after their much-loved pet disappeared following a crash.
Tiny Sydney silky bichon cross Xena has been missing since Sunday.
Upset owners Gail and Pete Clement from Havelock have spent hours searching in vain for their much-loved dog.
They hope people will keep an eye out for the shy animal in hopes they will be reunited soon.
The nine-year-old dog vanished after Gail and Peter were in a two car crash at the intersection of Main Rd and Wilson St in Havelock about 1pm.
Their car flipped and ended-up on its roof.
Gail says the pair were left ‘‘bruised and badly shook up.’’
But she says it is Xena’s disappearance which is hurting the most.
‘‘We were tipped upside down and flipped onto the roof. We were going to the dump and had a trailer on the back and the car was full of rubbish.
‘‘She doesn’t like the car so we try and take her along on little trips to get her used to it.
‘‘I could feel her warm belly along my leg but when my husband got out she must have followed him.’’ she says.
The pair, alongside family and friends, have searched the area every day since the crash.
The last sighting of Xena was as she headed-up into dense bush.
‘‘She’s pretty sprightly but frightens very easily.
‘‘Noises and strong winds scare her. She’s never spent a night outside in her life and even when she’s indoors the noise of the wind howling through the trees scares her.
‘‘There’s been nothing. No noise such as whimpering or barking. I would hope that if she hears us she would bark but it won’t be loud.
‘‘She’s tiny; only about the size of a cat,’’ she says.
The couple have left items of clothing near where Xena was last spotted in the hope their scent may bring her closer to home.
They continue to search at least twice a twice.
‘‘Once my husband checked I was okay he saw her head quite a long way up the state highway before she bolted up the hill.
‘‘She ended up quite far from the crash site,’’ says Gail who added the couple were ‘‘very grateful’’ for all the help and support they have received.
Police have located the other driver and are continuing their enquiries to bring Xena home safely.
To report any sightings of Xena contact Pete on: 0274783340 or Gail on: 021366 090.
Sydney silky bichon cross Xena has been missing from her Havelock home since Sunday after a car crash