Bowen busi­ness to the res­cue after thief leaves pet pooch high and dry

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - – Ja­cob Mi­ley

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.

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