Adventures of Toko­roa’s very own ‘‘Red dog’’

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By DEE MCEL­ROY

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.

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