Missing dogs cause heartache

Jenny Brinsley, with pug Penelope, hopes to find missing dogs Maisy and Rumple. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Jenny Brinsley, with pug Penelope, hopes to find missing dogs Maisy and Rumple. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Two lost dogs are causing heartache for a three-legged pug and their owner who have walked for hours together trying to find them.

The dogs went missing on December 13, while on a walk at 12 Mile Delta, about 7.45am, and owner Jenny Brinsley is desperate to get them back or find out what has happened to them.

Maisy is a brown and white scruffy terrier pug cross, of slight build, and Rumple is a dark golden spaniel pug cross of solid build.

Ms Brinsley said both dogs ran off into bush, presumably to chase rabbits, but never returned and despite hours of calling and returning to the area until the early hours of the morning, after she had been to work, she has not seen them since.

However, there had been supposed sightings of the dogs in separate areas - a family out boating reported seeing Maisy at Wilson Bay and a dog fitting Rumple's description was seen near Bobs Cove on Tuesday and Fernhill on Christmas Eve.

''The sighting of Rumple is a sad one if it was him,'' she said, as the dog was seen rummaging in a property's compost bin near Bobs Cove with a chain around his neck.

''It means that someone has had him and restrained him, hopefully for a good purpose.''

She accepts ''some terrible calamity'' could have occurred, such as the dogs being run over, but is determined to find out what has happened and remains hopeful they could be running through the hills or someone has them.

Three-legged pug Penelope is missing her friends ''terribly'' and has howled in sorrow.

Ms Brinsley has walked the Mt Crichton loop twice, Mt Crichton to 12 Mile Delta, walked to Lake Dispute, Seven Mile to Wilson Bay three times and searched the Moke Lake area.

Penelope goes along, too, in case she or the other dogs pick up a scent, but she needs to be carried when she gets tired.

''The worst part is not knowing.

''It was all I wanted for Christmas but now it's all I want for New Year,'' Ms Brinsley said.