Microchip reunites dog and owner 18 months later
WHEN you walk down a street, you often see posters of missing animals.
Some pets are stolen, others are runaways and many never return home.
But Tyler is one of the lucky few. The bull-mastiff cross had been temporarily living at Gooomborian when she disappeared on July 14, 2012.
The canine would not to return to her family for 18 months.
Owner Heath Robertson, formerly of the Gold Coast, said it had been a long wait to see his best mate again.
"We had to go to the snow for work, so we left her with a family member in the Gympie area," he said.
"She ran off into the forest with other dogs and never returned."
Mr Robertson placed notices everywhere, advertising to find his beloved hound. As time passed, he began to lose hope.
"We got a lot of people saying they had seen her but it was just similar looking dogs," Mr Robertson said.
"We really didn't think she would come back."
But last month Tyler was found, the best Christmas present Mr Robertson could have asked for.
However, there was twist.
"It turned out she had been in Gympie the entire time. A woman had kept her," Mr Robertson said.
"The only reason we found her was because that lady took her to the pound and surrendered her because she wanted Tyler put down.
"The RSPCA checked for a microchip and found us."
It was been a happy reunion for the pair.
"When I picked her up and called her name, she jumped up and started licking me," Mr Robertson said.
"I was over the moon to see her and I won't be letting her out of my sight again."
Tyler is now three years old and in perfect health.
She lives in Victoria with Mr Robertson and she could not be more content.
"She hasn't escaped once since she's been home," Mr Robertson said. "I think she's just happy to be here, and she's still the same dog that ran away.
And Mr Robertson wants everyone to remember an important lesson.
"I just want to highlight that if you find a dog, get them checked for a microchip so they can be re-united with their rightful owners."