Lost dog home after a month’s search

2014-10-04 00:00

A MONTH-LONG search for Odin, the Great Dane cross Doberman, ended in a tearful reunion as he was reunited with his owners yesterday morning.

Lisa Hooley listened disbelievingly as staff at the Kloof SPCA called yesterday morning letting her know her beloved Odin had been found and was waiting for her to fetch him.

“I told my husband that I’m not believing it until I see him,” said an overjoyed Hooley.

Hooley said she had arrived home on September 9 to find the that the builders who were working on her Hillcrest home had accidentally left the gate open, leaving two-year-old Odin free to bound out.

Hooley said she was heartbroken.

Hooley and her husband printed over 3 000 flyers, sticking them up all over Hillcrest and Kloof in the hopes of finding the missing pooch.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster. I didn’t expect to ever find him,” said Hooley.

Just as Hooley was about to give up, she received the call to say Odin had been brought in on Thursday afternoon by a woman who had found Odin wondering around Mariannhill toll plaza.

“He was terrified and looked like he seriously needed to get out of there,” said Odin’s rescuer Roberta Eley, a vet.

Eley said Odin displayed no signs of aggression and she led him to the car, using the handle of her vanity bag as a lead.

“He happily climbed into the front seat and drooled everywhere,” laughed Eley, who fed him biltong as a reward.

Eley took him to the Kloof SPCA immediately, who then called Hooley the next morning.

“I burst into tears as soon as I saw him,” said an overwhelmed Hooley.

Hooley said she took the day off to spend time with him and as soon as they arrived home, he jumped straight onto his favourite couch.

Hooley said he was underweight from not eating properly and covered in ticks, but a trip to the vet revealed he was in perfect shape otherwise.

Spokesperson for the Highway and Kloof SPCA Lisa Gadd said it was wonderful that he had finally been found.

“It is an amazing story … Odin’s owners never gave up on him and went to all extremes to find him,” said Gadd.

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