Loss of spe­cial dog hits hard

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A dog meant as a dy­ing Toko­roa fa­ther’s part­ing gift to his fam­ily has gone miss­ing.

Teoko­tai Nooroa was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal lung and liver can­cer last year and, know­ing he would soon leave his five young daugh­ters and wife alone, he de­cided to get the fam­ily a dog.

‘‘It was to take their minds off my sit­u­a­tion and to watch over them when I’m gone,’’ he said.

Bod­min, the golden bull­mas­tiff-labrador cross, quickly be­came a loved mem­ber of the fam­ily but that too has now ended due to him dis­ap­pear­ing on New Year’s Day.

Nooroa said it’s im­pacted sig­nif­i­cantly on his fam­ily who are still hold­ing onto hope he will re­turn.

‘‘Bod­min was about seven months old when I got him and the girls were re­ally happy. They were out play­ing with him and train­ing him ev­ery day which is what I wanted so it would take their minds off me,’’ he said.

‘‘The first thing they would do when they got home was go and see Bod­min which was good be­cause I was mostly away for treat­ments for months at a time. They had re­ally bonded with him but now they have noth­ing.’’

He said he be­lieves Bod­min has been stolen.

‘‘The girls just want the dog back be­cause if there is no man in the house when I’m gone it will be scary for them,’’ he said.

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