Owner searches tirelessly for dog
A much-loved golden labrador has been missing for more than a week, after it was swept away in the Manawatu River.
But the dog’s owner has not lost hope.
‘‘Until I have found a body, I’m not giving up,’’ Cherie Glendenning said.
She hoped that her dog, Hunny, would soon be found with the help of search and rescue parties, posters and word of mouth.
‘‘I don’t feel in my heart that she’s gone,’’ Glendenning said.
The 15-year-old labrador was chasing a stick in the river on November 11 when it was swept away by the current.
At the time, Glendenning was walking her dogs near the Ruamahanga Cres and Albert St entrance of the river.
Once Hunny was in deep water, Glendenning’s german shepherd chased after her, but was unsuccessful.
Glendenning almost jumped into the river as well, but thought that might land her in more trouble.
Since she went missing, dozens of people have helped search for Hunny.
‘‘People have been great. They’ve been looking for her while they’ve been walking their own dogs. I just hope she’s found.’’
Hunny, who is deaf, was an anxious but friendly dog, Glendenning said.
More than 450 dogs in Manawatu were reported lost between 2015 and 2016. A Palmerston North City Council annual dog control report shows an increase in the number of lost dogs in the past three years.
Between 2013 and 2014, just over 300 dogs were reported lost and in 2014 to 2015, this jumped to 442.
Golden labrador Hunny was swept away in the Manawatu River on November 11.