Bowen business to the rescue after thief leaves pet pooch high and dry
A BOWEN retiree upset by the theft of the trailer he used to cart his elderly dog to the beach has been overwhelmed by a company’s generous offer to make him a new one.
The homemade trailer that helped take 12-year-old pooch, Betty, for a swim was stolen from under Ken and Robyn Lake’s Oak Crescent home on Thursday morning.
The trailer was the only mode of transport for long distances for Betty, who has had “crook hips” since she was a pup, Mr Lake said. Every second day they travelled the 1.5km to a strip of coastline west of Greys Bay.
“She still likes going for a swim,” Mr Lake said. “She gets a sudden burst of energy when I take her to the beach … and then she suffers from it the next day.”
Mr Lake, who only relocated to Bowen from Tully last year, said he was in disbelief when he saw the trailer was gone.
“We can understand if they want to pinch our bikes, which we tow that thing around in … but someone pinching the trailer, that’s a bit of a shock,” he said. “Betty’s not all that impressed. Every time I get the pushbike out she gets out … to see if she is going and realises there’s no trailer.”
But the Bowen community has banded together, with one business offering to construct another trailer to get Betty moving again.
“We were actually amazed by the response, that’s for sure,” Mr Lake said.
The post was shared thousands of times on the local Facebook community page.
Mr Lake wouldn’t reveal the good-hearted company just yet, but said he was meeting with them yesterday to discuss design and measurement.
“She (Betty) looks forward to an adventure to the beach,” Mr Lake said.