Story and adoption drive reunite owner and best mate
FOR Calvin Brewster, no pet could ever replace his beloved dog Bo.
The pomeranian cross shih tzu made a daring escape 18 months ago when it jumped off the back of Mr Brewster's Toyota Hilux - while the vehicle was in motion.
With diminishing hope of ever finding Bo, Mr Brewster, 50, visited the Animal Welfare League's Rehoming Centre last week in search of a replacement.
He didn't find what he was looking for - but what he did find was pretty extraordinary.
"I read in the QT that the AWL was having a mass adoption to free up space at their Ipswich centre," he said
"The photo with the article featured a dog that looked a bit like Bo, so I was keen to check him out.
"But when I visited the centre, it wasn't the dog in the photo that interested me - it was his furry companion in the cage next door."
Mr Brewster said he was stunned to discover Bo staring up at him.
"I said to the AWL staff member, 'that's my dog' - neither of us could believe it," he said.
A scar under Bo's chin from an accident when he was a pup confirmed his identity.
The small dog had been placed in the AWL's care late last month.
Mr Brewster said he had no idea where his dog had been in the 17 months before that, but was glad to have him back home safe and sound.
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"After he slipped out from his collar and jumped out of the trailer, I've been doing all I could to find him," he said.
"I put notices on the internet, hung missing dog posters and searched everywhere.
"I had a friend whose dog returned after nine months and, when Bo hadn't turned up after that long, I thought he was gone for good."
Mr Brewster said Bo had re-settled into his original home as if he had never left.
He said it had cost $350 to buy back his dog which also covered vet bills for the next 12 months.
"I don't mind the expense; I would have paid thousands of dollars to get him back - he's one of a kind," he said.