A modern-day Lassie story brings joy to a lost pet’s former owner

2014-10-07 00:00

A HILLCREST’S woman’s two-year search for her pet Jack Russell has ended thanks to Facebook.

Lee Lock’s Jack Russell Tuzza left her property through an open gate, supposedly never to be seen again — or so she thought.

Since then, she had checked regularly at the local SPCA and often stopped owners with dogs that looked similar to hers.

On Sunday morning, Lock posted a “shot in the dark” plea to the Upper Highway Facebook page identifying her Jack Russell and requesting information on her dog.

The post stated: “I cannot get her out my head, I dream about her constantly! At the time she went missing there was no platforms like this to help me find her,” she posted.

An hour later, Louisa Deliyiannis replied to the post and said she adopted a dog fitting the description from the Hillcrest SPCA over two years ago.

Deliyiannis shared a few pictures of the dog with Lock, but it was when Lock described a scar from Tuzza’s sterilisation that they identified it was her missing pet.

Deliyiannis said the dog was now called Roxy, coincidentally the name of the dog’s mother, Lock said.

Deliyiannis reassured Lock the dog was in a loving home and said although she had since relocated to Pretoria, Lock was welcome to visit.

“I was trying to help Lee and see if it was Roxy for her peace of mind, because I love my dogs so much. If any one of them ever went missing, it would destroy me and would be like losing a part of my family,” she said.

Lock said she went through a whirlwind of emotions when told her dog was still alive.

“I was happy she was still alive, but knowing she can’t be with my family again is very sad,” she said.

Lock said she vowed never to have a pet after losing Tuzza, but was asked by a friend to adopt a Labrador.

“The Labrador has helped heal the space Tuzza left behind, but no dog will replace her,” she said.

Lock said she was very grateful for the response from ­Deliyiannis.

“There are so many out there that wouldn’t bother responding to my post, I will be forever grateful,” she said.

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