Muffy the dog returns nine years on

Author: Associated Press

Inspectors with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
found the fluffy white mutt last month sleeping on a scrap of cardboard in
the backyard of a home in the southern city of Melbourne. A microchip in
Muffy’s neck identified her owners ? who hadn’t seen her since she
disappeared from their backyard in the eastern city of Brisbane nine years
ago.

On Tuesday, 17-year-old Chloe Rushby cradled her long-lost pooch in her arms,
marveling at her pet’s much-delayed and miraculous return.

“I feel totally overwhelmed,” the teen said. “I’m never letting her out of my
sight again.”

The owners of the Melbourne house where Muffy was discovered said they found
the dog about a year ago wandering along a street. But Muffy’s whereabouts
for the previous eight years ? along with how she made the journey to
Melbourne ? remain a mystery.

Muffy was suffering from a flea-induced skin infection when she was found, but
after some love and care from the RSPCA’s vets, she is doing much better.

Chloe’s father Dean Rushby said the family’s two pet dogs both died in the
past few months, so Muffy’s return came at the perfect time.

“Chloe has everything ready ? she has a big bedroom and that’s where Muffy
will be sleeping every night from now on,” the elder Rushby said. “And in
the day, there’s a lovely sandy beach on the canal where she can play and go
for a little paddle.”

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