George Liddle and Butch have been reunited after kind strangers led Butch to a South Tweed pet store.
George Liddle and Butch have been reunited after kind strangers led Butch to a South Tweed pet store. John Gass

Strangers reunite dog and owner

GEORGE Liddle and his beloved dog Butch are together again, thanks to the kindness of strangers and a bit of luck.

The Banora Point man was distraught last week when Butch disappeared from his mobility scooter, where he sits at Mr Liddle’s feet.

“He must have jumped off to relieve himself and I didn’t notice and drove away,” Mr Liddle said.

“I’ve had him for 16-and-a-half years, so you can imagine what it did to me.

“I’m still getting over it.”

Mr Liddle, who lives at the Darlington RSL Retirement Community, began a search at once.

“A lot of people were out looking for him for me.

“The next morning I was about to get some lost posters made and I got a phone call from the Petcare Superstore saying they had Butch.

“Everybody knows him there.”

Two girls had found Butch the day he went missing and took him to the South Tweed store.

“The girls gave him to a lady who was a member of Friends of the Pound.

“She took Butch home for the night.”

In what Mr Liddle called “sheer luck” the worker recognised Butch and called him.

“I don’t know who the two girls are but I just wanted to say thank you. I’m so grateful.”

Social researcher Mark McCrindle said acts of kindness like that were common.

By surveying more than a thousand Australians and comparing national crime data, Mr McCrindle found for every act of violence in Australia there were 38 acts of kindness.

“From the small to the more significant, most Aussies are helping others out,” Mr McCrindle said.

Nice numbers

27 per cent of those surveyed say they help out a stranger in need in small or significant ways every day

63 per cent of people were motivated just to be kind

Three in five people think there’s more goodness than evil, one in five think there’s more evil and the remaining one thinks it’s the same

93 per cent of people said they would like to hear more positive stories in the media.



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