REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC Saturday 28 April 2018 @ 13:00

lost husky dog found reunited Geelong VIC Australia

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC

"I got Umbra when he was 10 weeks old. Having just moved towns and into my own home with my partner and his Kelpie, we slowly realised that she would be happy with a companion whilst we were at work.

I thought for a while on getting a husky and saw umbra's picture online; he was the most beautiful pup and he was the last one left! After a few days, I got the go-ahead from the breeder stating I could come meet him and put a deposit on him.

A few days later I picked him up and our adventures began!

Our Kelpie, Frejha, loved him immediately. Her actions were almost motherly; checking up on him all the time and always wanting to be near him. Everyone loved him.

Leaving for work every day, I had faith that they would entertain each other and everything would be fine until that horrible Thursday afternoon when my partner got home and found he was missing. That night was the worst night of my life.

We alerted the breeder and went about checking neighbours yards - to no avail. I spent most of the night awake; going outside to call him and shake his bowl of food. He didn't return though.

We made Facebook posts and I entered him as lost into Lost Pet Finders. We alerted vets and rescues and shelters as well as the council; providing them with his microchip number, name, breed and our contact details.

Every day we were calling and visiting shelters to see if he had come in.

We made flyers and door knocked and checked the CCTV on our neighbours property; nothing.

After a few days, we assumed someone had him and the fear and worry set in. None of us could get decent sleep. Are thoughts were filled with nothing but Umbra. Frejha physically cried and did nothing but sleep and that broke my heart.

A week and a day later we received a tip-off of where he was at.

I called my partner and breeder and after an hour and a half of waiting to speak to the people who had him; they confessed and handed him over. We are so fortunate that they looked after him even though they had done the wrong thing.

All I hoped for whilst he was gone - was that he was warm, safe and fed. And he was.

There were no ill-feelings toward the family that kept him. And the night ended peacefully. With Umbra back home, we are finally a happy family again and he has not left my side.

I want to personally thank each and every one of the people that sent kind words, shared our post, offered to help hand out flyers and liking the post. Umbra's return couldn't have been possible without the persistence and effort all of you put into informing everyone.

I honestly never thought I would see him again so soon. Thank you all!

If you are missing a pup; I urge you to never ever give up. They are out there waiting for you! Kindest and thankful regards" - Kayla, Joel, Frejha and Umbra xo

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