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Lost for 24 days in Forest


January 4th 2009 12:19 pm
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Missy was lost in Bottle Lake Forest for 24 days after wandering away from her human Dad. We searched, calling and whistling, jiggling car keys (she loves to ride in the car) putting up posters and flyers and radio appeals. Dad lost weight as he tried to search morning and night and carry on working too. We all suffered from exhaustion and lack of sleep. On Monday 29th Dec. we spent 2 hours in the forest and had just got home when the phone rang and a woman who lived over the other side of forest happily told us our baby was in her shed. What joy, but heartbreaking when we saw her. Obviously she had not killed and eaten any of the rabbits and hares running around, had lost 10 kilos in weight and looked as we never imagined any pet of ours would ever look. We sobbed with happiness and sadness all at the same time.

Missy was rushed to the vet and he pumped 3 litres of fluid into her dehydrated body. Missy then came home with us and started her new regime of lots of small meals. I think she inhaled the food rather than eating it as it went down so fast and she was looking for more all the time.

Missy has now been home 1 week and although not noticeably putting on weight she is slowly gaining. She has now decided she can get away with anything and be forgiven and is getting onto furniture which she knows is not supposed to be on!!! We find it hard to chastise her right now.


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