Ele­phant’s foot and di­vin­ing rods used in hunt for lost dog

The Oban Times - - News - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

DOZENS of vol­un­teers joined the hunt for a ter­rier pos­si­bly lost down rab­bit holes at Gana­van Sands last week, de­ploy­ing a fer­ret, tinned beef, di­vin­ing rods, a pipe cam­era and shov­els.

Now a £ 500 re­ward has been pledged to any­one who finds two-year- old Rowan, a ‘small, fluffy, black and white’ Jack Rus­sell/ Pat­terdale cross, who failed to re­turn to the calls of her owner, San­dra Muir, dur­ing a walk on the town’s beach.

‘She has never run away be­fore,’ said San­dra, who moved to Oban from Jura. ‘She’s re­ally in­ter­ested in holes and is the friendli­est dog you could meet. Our hearts are bro­ken with­out her.

‘We’ve dug up the hill­side. It’s a hor­ri­ble night­mare. Thanks to ev­ery­one who has helped and con­tin­ues to do so.’

San­dra and her part­ner, Lee Wil­liamson, launched the des­per­ate search for Rowan last Tues­day af­ter she went miss­ing at about 9.30am. They also put out an ap­peal on Face­book and the fam­ily were soon joined by friends shout­ing Rowan’s name down Gana­van’s rab­bit holes.

Lee said: ‘There was no sound. She is not a yap­ping dog. We recorded the door­bell and played it down the holes so she would yap. We brought San­dra’s other dog (Hol­lie). It went to that spot and started dig­ging like mad. She usu­ally does not dig, so we took that as a clue.’

Oban roofer Mal­colm Kerr heard about the ap­peal and got four of his men out dig­ging.

‘He is a big dog lover,’ his step­son Ja­son Goldie said. ‘So am I.

‘If it was his dog, he would like to think other peo­ple would do the same.’ More dig­gers from pip­ing con­trac­tor D&K Laf­ferty also ar­rived early on Fri­day morn­ing with a pipe cam­era bor­rowed from Scot­tish Wa­ter.

Dur­ing the week the search team were of­fered free use of a JCB dig­ger and an un­der­ground lis­ten­ing de­vice called an ‘ele­phant’s foot’, and on Fri­day more chil­dren ar­rived with beach spades, along­side men armed with a fer­ret and di­vin­ing rods.

An el­derly lady was over­heard to of­fer: ‘I’ve brought a tin of beef and I’ve got a shovel in my car.’

All ef­forts, so far, have failed to lo­cate Rowan. If you have any in­for­ma­tion on her where­abouts, con­tact San­dra via her Face­book page.

Vol­un­teers dig up rab­bit holes on the hill­side near Gana­van Sands in a des­per­ate hunt for Rowan, who went miss­ing.

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