Daisy flies home after being found over a thousand kilometres away from home.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and it is by some grace or miracle that Daisy, an 8-year-old Jack Russell cross-breed made her way home six years after going missing.
She was flown home after being discovered walking the streets of Beverley Grove, Port Elizabeth by locals and taken to the Kragga Kamma Veterinary Hospital. The Waspes adopted Daisy in 2010 from the Roodepoort SPCA. “Daisy was surrendered to the SPCA by her previous owners, and so I had reasonable knowledge that this dog might have behavioural problems,” Sharon said.
Once home, Daisy settled in nicely and was loved by everybody around her. She had long, wiry hair and was gaining weight when one day, the Waspes came home from work to find she had completely disappeared, having somehow escaped the yard. At the time, they put up flyers and drove the streets of Roodepoort looking for her and offered a R1 000 reward to anyone who could successfully identify and return her home.
Nothing came of their efforts and, heartbroken, they abandoned hope of ever finding her again. “We wouldn’t believe that she could have been killed or gotten hurt, I always believed her to still be alive,” she said.
Suddenly, on Monday 11 April they received a call out of Port Elizabeth from a Colleen, working for Kragga Kamma Veterinary Hospital. “She said people had found the dog near a shopping centre in the area and brought her in, where the vets found her microchip,” Sharon explained.
The microchip is implanted as a prerequisite in any dog adopted from the Roodepoort SPCA, a device the organisation has sourced from Identipet. The vets could make contact with Identipet and thus successfully identify Daisy and her owners. “I’m lucky that my contact details have not changed much over the past six years, else I would have never received such shocking news; I couldn’t properly concentrate that Monday. When I discussed it with my husband, his very first words were, ‘We have to get her home’. ”The very next day the family started making arrangements for Daisy’s return. Daisy landed on Wednesday night and the whole family made the trip to Kempton Park as if to fetch a family member.
As to why she has travelled so far, the Waspes can only guess that someone had found her locally and moved with her to the area, where she must have escaped once more. The only running concern, the family said, was making sure she never travels outside of their home’s fence again.
They have new-found respect for microchips as it has served to take Daisy off the streets.
Roodepoort Record 19/04/2016