Brimbank,
11
May
2018
|
08:22
Australia/Melbourne

Winston’s big adventure – microchip leads puppy home after six months

Summary

Braybrook resident, Tracey Luu said “it was like a dream come true” when her phone rang last Friday morning and she received the news from Brimbank Council that her missing puppy, Winston, had been found.

Braybrook resident, Tracey Luu said “it was like a dream come true” when her phone rang last Friday morning and she received the news from Brimbank Council that her missing puppy, Winston, had been found.

The black Labrador puppy had gone missing from the family home in November last year when he was just eight weeks old, just four days after settling in to his forever home.

Ms Luu said despite putting up posters around the local area, posting on various missing pet Facebook groups, checking with The Lost Dogs Home and local vets, she had been unable to find Winston.

But she never gave up hope.

“I never gave up hope that he would come home. I knew someone would have to eventually take him to the vet where he would be scanned,” Ms Luu said.

“Without the microchipping, he wouldn’t have come back to me.”

Ms Luu said her message to pet owners was simple: “Get your pet microchipped.”

“They should be microchipped as early as possible. It might seem costly for some people, but it’s worth it if your pet gets lost.”

Since being reunited on Friday afternoon – with lots of kisses from her happy pup – Winston has settled back in at home with his brother – chocolate Labrador, Kingston – and has been vet checked and given a clean bill of health.

He’s also been registered with the local Council.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said Tracey and Winston’s story was a reminder for pet owners that microchipping works.

“If there was ever a story that showed the importance of microchipping your pet, this is it.

“We’re so happy to have been able to play a part in helping Winston find his way home,” Cr Giudice said.

Brimbank Council’s current responsible pet ownership campaign ‘Microchip. Desex. Register.’ stresses the importance of microchipping pets, as well as desexing dogs and cats (compulsory in Brimbank), and of registering them with Council.

Winston was found wandering in St Albans by local police.