Owner searches tire­lessly for dog

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MIRI SCHROETER

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.

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