Adventures of Tokoroa’s very own ‘‘Red dog’’
All good things find their way home.
That was certainly the case for Dee McElroy’s courageous Australian cattle dog.
On November 12 Little Red decided to go ‘‘ walk- about’’ in what appeared to be an attempt to find her way home to Tokoroa, Dee said.
The journey began from Storey Rd in Tahuna where Little Red was staying.
Just two days in, she had an unfortunate encounter with a powerful electric fence that clearly bit quite hard and decided she was off home to the South Waikato.
And not a lot was going to stop her.
A very distraught ‘‘ Mum’’ sped over to Tahuna to look for her, with horse and best friend in tow.
‘‘No luck though, all day with lots of calling and desperately searching the bush and surrounding farmland which turned up nothing,’’ Mrs McElroy said.
So they headed home regroup.
‘‘I enlisted the help of Waikato animal control, Facebook, Pets on the net and of course the lovely people on Trade Me message board.’’
A few days later Dee returned, dropping 150 flyers around the district, and she once again scanned the countryside.
‘‘And yay we had a sighting.
to Garth on Spencer Rd did his best to grab her but no, she was off on her mission,’’ she said.
‘‘OK it was a start, so back over we went again and Garth very kindly let us wander willy-nilly over his farm searching and calling. No luck though and things were looking grim . . . it was over a week since he had seen her.’’
Another week went by and just when Dee thought their paths would not cross she received a call from Matamata-Piako animal control – they had picked up a ‘‘red kelpie-type cross’’.
‘‘Although the micro-chip hadn’t scanned the first time they tried it a week later and tadaa . . . ! All my details popped up!’’
Little Red is now happy at home, telling tales of her adventures to the others.
‘‘So this is just a little story to let everyone, and I do mean everyone as I had half the North Island out looking for her, know that she is safe, happy and home,’’ Dee said.
‘‘To all the people who were so kind and helpful. With special thanks to the farmer who took four days to catch her and to Shelly at Waikato animal control for remembering the missing little red dog and getting Matamata to try the microchip again.’’
Merry Christmas from the ‘Little Red Dog’.’’
Lost heeler: This lucky girl knows how to sniff her way home from Tahuna to Tokoroa.