Nerolie Bynder’s lost puppy Missy returns home a year after going missing from Koongamia home

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Niverah Blurton (4) was reunited with her dog Missy a year after she went missing.
Camera IconNiverah Blurton (4) was reunited with her dog Missy a year after she went missing. Credit: Picture: Daniel Wilkins

When their nine-week-old pup went missing on a summer day a year ago, a Perth family soon lost hope of ever seeing her again.

Little did they know as they looked for her and called out to their Facebook friends for sightings, Missy had found a temporary home just a street down from their Koongamia home.

Nerolie Bynder said she had been away in Port Hedland when she got a distressed call from the rest of her family back home — the fox terrier had escaped through a hole in the back fence.

“They called me to tell me she had got away,” she said.

“Our gate had a hole in it so we think that’s how she got out.”

Initially, Ms Bynder said she expected the dog to come home.

The distance between the residence Missy escaped from and where she had been living for a year.
Camera IconThe distance between the residence Missy escaped from and where she had been living for a year.

But on January 30 last year, three weeks after the escape and with no dog to be found, she pleaded on social media for any sign of her — without success.

It wasn’t until May that Ms Bynder heard from an acquaintance of an online post about a missing dog that matched Missy’s description.

At the time, the post already dated from February.

Ms Bynder said she got in touch with the person who posted the alert about the black and white pup but never heard back. Until last week.

On January 9, a year to the day since she went missing, Missy was reunited with her family.

Ms Bynder said while they had since moved to Thornlie last April, the pooch had stayed in Koongamia — just around the corner from their old house east of Perth.

She had been looked after by another family for the past year, who even renamed her Lilly.

“We’re glad she had those people to look after her. She seems like a happy dog,” she said.

“We didn’t think we’d ever see her again.”

She said her daughter Niverah Blurton, who had been particularly attached to Missy, was most moved by the homecoming.

Niverah Blurton (4) was reunited with her dog Missy a year after she went missing.
Camera IconNiverah Blurton (4) was reunited with her dog Missy a year after she went missing. Credit: The West Australian

The two immediately reconnected despite having spent more time apart than together, and less than a week after her return it is as if Missy never left.

“(My daughter) was really hugging (Missy), squeezing her tight,” she said.

“The dog knew her too, she was licking her.

“She’s back in the family now and it’s as if she never left.”

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