LUCKY WIN: Toolondo’s Elaine Oakley reunites with her pet pooch Poppy after the dog went missing for more than a month. Elaine found the dog through the Mail-Times. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERPOPPY the dog can only be described as lucky. In the past month and a half she has had more adventures than Lassie.
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From her farm at Toolondo, the fox terrier cross somehow ended up in Horsham.

A resident found the wandering pooch on Natimuk Road and called the ranger.

Horsham Rural City Council animal rehousing offi cer Wayne Lane thought Poppy was too old to rehouse and might have to be destroyed.

But Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support’s Tarni Rees disagreed and a vet confirmed the dog was only a couple of years old.

So Poppy was available for rehousing.

Horsham PAWS member and foster carer Guin Cleminson took on Poppy while she waited for a potential buyer.

People looked at adopting the dog but no-one wanted her to keep.

But a picture on the Mail-Times’ Horsham PAWS page on Wednesday improved Poppy’s luck.

Poppy’s owner, Elaine Oakley, only knew that Poppy had wandered away about a month and a half ago and thought the dog could be dead.

She said it was a shock to see her pet safe and well in Horsham.

“I thought ‘oh my goodness, if it’s not her then it’s a twin’,’’ she said.

Mrs Oakley said she and her husband Steven had looked for the dog when it first went missing.

She said her three grown sons, Shane, Adam and Troy, were devastated to hear Poppy was gone and were thrilled at her return.

The boys grew up with Poppy, which Mrs Oakley believes is at least eight years old – closer to Mr Lane’s initial prediction.

“She’s a very lucky dog,’’ Mrs Oakley said.

Mr Lane said the dog had survived despite several challenges.

“That’s a lucky dog, a very lucky dog.’

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