No­body has seen our pet Buddy

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

There is no sign of Buddy, but no body ei­ther.

Staff at Es­presso to Go are heart­bro­ken there has been no sign of Buddy the cat.

Buddy, the af­fec­tion­ate Es­presso to Go cat, was mauled in a neigh­bour­ing store by an un­leashed dog in Au­gust.

Buddy went miss­ing straight after the owner man­aged to call the dog off and hasn’t been seen since.

De­spite a few peo­ple say­ing they thought they had seen him, there have been no con­firmed sight­ings.

Es­presso to Go barista Maggie Scelly says they are re­fus­ing to be­lieve the worst, in­stead think­ing Buddy is too trau­ma­tised to re­turn.

‘‘We will (re­main hope­ful), for a while longer. I feel that he is around town some­where, but I don’t think he will come back here now.’’

Staff have not seen the dog and its owner in the CBD since the at­tack.

Scelly says the staff like the idea of hav­ing a shop cat and there is talk of get­ting another one at some stage. It will have very big boots to fill.

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