A blue heeler puppy who journeyed almost 200km from home has been reunited with his owner, five months after going missing from a Mooroopna backyard.
Thanks to a microchip, Ned the blue heeler, now six months old, has returned to the arms of his owner Matt MacKenna.
Ned was only 11 weeks old and had been living with Mr MacKenna for three weeks when he disappeared while his owner was at work in February.
Mr MacKenna said the dog was shy and would hide under the barbecue before he got used to his new owner and his other dog, a 13-year-old blue heeler.
‘‘He was really friendly, loved a pat and was just coming good and starting to play with the other dog before he went missing,’’ Mr MacKenna said.
‘‘I went looking around the backyard and there were no holes or anything in the fence, so I thought someone had taken him.
‘‘The first couple of months without him really sucked.’’
The Wyndham City Pound contacted Mr MacKenna last month, after a woman in Sunshine discovered Ned sniffing around her backyard alone, and a quick scan of the dog’s microchip identified him as the missing puppy.
Mr MacKenna was overjoyed, after resorting to Facebook and a neighbourhood search and said his missing pup recognised him straight away.
‘‘I picked him up from a mate who was working down that way and he was playing with another dog, when I walked into the shed he wagged his tail and jumped on me,’’ Mr MacKenna said.
‘‘It’s just me and the dogs, but they always come camping and fishing with me, so it’s great to have him back.’’