City dog missing in the bush

Last updated 11:54 30/07/2012
Zoe the missing dog

Zoe, a 9-year-old fox terrier, went missing in Tararua Range on Saturday.

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A city-bred Wellington dog used to snuggling up at home has gone missing during its first big trip to the bush.

Zoe, a 9-year-old fox terrier, went missing in Tararua Range on Saturday.

Her owner, Teresa Feeney, 88, of Melrose, said her son, Frank, took Zoe on a four-hour walk near the Mangahao upper number one  reservoir.

Mrs Feeney said she had owned dogs all her life but had never had one as friendly as Zoe.

"There's not an ounce of rancour in her."

At home, Zoe is an extra pair of ears for Mrs Feeney who is hard of hearing. She says she is feeling lost without her dog.

Mrs Feeney's daughter, Mary Silvester, said the walk was Zoe's first major excursion in to the bush.

"She is an extraordinarily gentle dog  and is no threat to living creatures," she said.

Frank and two of his friends searched the area where Zoe went missing until nightfall on Saturday before continuing the search yesterday.

Other family members and friends have taken over the search.

Anyone with any information concerning Zoe's whereabouts is being urged to phone Feeney family members on 04 9344700 or 04 4773633.

Contact Tim Donoghue
General reporter

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