0LFURFKLS¶V WKH WULFN WR col­lar dogs on the lam

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Cy­cling home from school drop-off this week I saw, taped to a bike­way sign, one of those no­tices ask­ing for help

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phone num­ber tabs and set off along the creek­side

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on lamp posts, trees or on the com­mu­nity QRWLFHERDUG XS WKH VWUHHW. 7KH\¶UH PRVWO\ SKRWRFRSLHG RQ $4 SDSHU, ZLWK WKH DQLPDO¶V QDPH, KDELWV, D SLFWXUH. , UHPHPEHU D FDW QDPHG 0D\D that an­swered to her name, a cock­a­too that made a Nokia phone noise, a chicken, an epilep­tic dog WKDW QHHGHG LWV PHGLFDWLRQ. , DOZD\V VWRS WR UHDG, KRSH WKH DQLPDO ¿QGV LWV SHUVRQ DJDLQ.

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at Ban­ga­low in north­ern NSW, a dog started IROORZLQJ XV. <RX FRXOG WHOO LW ZDV ORVW. , VDLG ZH¶G WDNH LW EDFN WR WKH KRXVH DQG ZRUN RXW ZKDW WR GR. 0\ KXVEDQG VDLG ZH KDG QRZKHUH WR NHHS D GRJ DQG WKH GRJ KDG QR FROODU LGHQWL¿FDWLRQ. ,W DOVR KDG QR URDG VHQVH.

As night be­gan to fall, I made cars slow down

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at the house when one of those cars pulled up,

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driv­ing around for hours and greeted the dog, 5RFNHW. 5RFNHW MXPSHG RQWR KLV IURQW-VHDW FXVKLRQ DQG VQXJJOHG LQ. +LV RZQHU ORRNHG WR RXU VRQ, WKHQ ¿YH. ³, KDYH D ER\ \RXU DJH,´ VKH VDLG. ³5RFNHW WKRXJKW \RX ZHUH KLV ER\ DQG VR KH IROORZHG \RX´. 2XU VRQ ZDV VR SURXG. +H WROG WKH VWRU\: ³5RFNHW WKRXJKW , ZDV KLV ER\ DQG VR KH IROORZHG PH.´

Our dog, Spike, is a home­body but I know VRPH FDQLQH HVFDSH DUWLVWV. 2XU IULHQG¶V VSDQLHO, %HOOH, VWDQGV DW WKH JDWH DQG ZDLWV. ,I \RX RSHQ LW D VPLGJH WRR IDU, VKH¶V RII IXOO-SHOW, KHU RZQHU

fol­low­ing at speed, cor­ner­ing her in some far

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a tun­neller – un­der fences or the garage doors

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a spe­cial col­lar that shouted in dog ev­ery time 5RVLH FDPH FORVH WR WKH IHQFH. :KHQ ZH SDVVHG, VKH WKUHZ KHUVHOI DURXQG OLNH +DPOHW, GHVSHUDWH WR HVFDSH EXW NQRZLQJ VKH PXVWQ¶W. 7R EH RU QRW. 7KH 563&$ GRHVQ¶W OLNH WKH VKRXWLQJ FROODUV, SUHIHUULQJ D *36 WDJ WKDW GRHV )LQG 0\ )LGR OLNH )LQG 0\ 3KRQH. %XW LI \RXU GRJ¶V D UXQQHU, \RX¶OO GR DQ\WKLQJ. 0\ ¿UVW GRJ, %HQQ\, D VSDQLHO WHUULHU IURP WKH SRXQG, HVFDSHG DW HYHU\ RSSRUWXQLW\. ,I you called him back, he turned and looked at you

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two weeks later, there was Benny at the back GRRU, H[FHSW KH ZDV QR ORQJHU %HQQ\. +H ZDV 3DWFK, ZLWK D QHZ QDPHWDJ. +H¶G KDG D EDWK WRR. $IWHU WKDW, KH¶G JR IRU D ZHHN DW D WLPH DQG FRPH KRPH DV 3DWFK DQG ZH¶G PDNH KLP %HQQ\ DJDLQ. )LQDOO\, KH OHIW IRU JRRG, SRVVLEO\ SUHIHUULQJ KLV 3DWFK OLIH. :H QHYHU PHW KLV RWKHU RZQHUV, EXW , KRSH WKH\ ORYHG KLP DV PXFK DV , GLG.

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man­aged to catch her, took her to a vet who read

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When an­i­mals go miss­ing, some­one is wait­ing DQG KRSLQJ. ,W GRHVQ¶W DOZD\V ZRUN RXW. ,¶P JODG 0DOWD PDGH LW KRPH.

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