Old wag Gypsy heads home

Gypsy, otherwide known as “Mary”, owner Brooke Thomas and son Jake, with rescuer, vet nurse Judy Allen.
Gypsy, otherwide known as “Mary”, owner Brooke Thomas and son Jake, with rescuer, vet nurse Judy Allen. Renee Pilcher

WITH a name like Gypsy, well of course she’s bound to be a wanderer.

Thankfully, it’s a happy ending to this dog tale. The old Staffordshire terrier found clinging to the riverbank just below Gympie Veterinary Services near Kidd Bridge on Tuesday has been reunited with her worried owner.

Brooke Thomas said her 17-year-old staffy was a serial wanderer but normally never ventured far from their Victory Street home.

Somehow though, the old girl ended up across the Bruce Highway and stuck in the flooding Mary River.

Brooke has no clue how Gypsy managed to get herself into such a precarious predicament.

“She hates water usually,” she said.

The family noticed she was missing on Tuesday morning but thought she’d just gone for her normal constitutional to a neighbour’s place nearby.

When she hadn’t returned yesterday morning, the family became worried and rang the council who suggested she contact Gympie Veterinary Services.

“We’ve only had her for six years,” Brooke said. “The family that owned her were going to have her put down and I said I’d take her.”

Gypsy is now very much part of their family.

“My six-year-old daughter has been beside herself since she went missing.”

“She’s an old bugger, she’s a bit senile but she still plays with the kids and chases a ball… she’s funny, a big dag.”

Vet nurse Judy Allen, who rescued her from the river (with help from Sandra McDonald) said Gypsy had been the perfect patient.

Veterinary treatment, some tucker and a good night’s sleep and Gypsy was on the mend.

“She’s really sparked up this morning,” Judy said.

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