Tess the sausage dog found after four days in the bramble
Fire fighters and heat-detecting equipment were brought in to help find a dachshund in distress.
The crews joined the four-day search as the rest of the country enjoyed a long weekend.
Then, from deep inside some bramble, there came a crying sound.
Finally, Tess was found.
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"We started frantically lopping away," Huha founder Carolyn Press-McKenzie said.
And there she was. After four days lost in Totara Park, Upper Hutt, Tess the dachshund finally emerged, hurt but alive.
For Stuff blogger Nick Barnett there was a personal connection - his dog Phoebe came from the same litter.
He put the call out on Friday about the missing "crazily friendly black and tan long-haired dachshund" on Facebook and comments, suggestions, and questions flooded in.
The dog's tale went semi-viral.
Press-McKenzie was involved in the search, as were fire fighters, specialists with heat-detecting equipment, and off-duty SPCA staff.
Tess had been walking with a dog walking service when she disappeared into bramble "several kilometres" long near the Totara Park soccer fields.
"Everyone figured she was somewhere in that bramble.'"
It was the off-duty SPCA staff who heard the crucial cry from deep in the bramble leading to a tearful reunion - at least on the owner's part - between dog and dog-loving owner.
Barnett took to Facebook again with the good news.
"She was in a place that a number of searchers had gone near. Her back trouble seems to have struck again, paralysing her hind legs, hence her inability to make herself seen.
"But she had river water to drink. She hollered and cried to be reunited with her owner, and she's now getting a vet's attention. Much excitement among searchers!"
The joyful comments flew in.
"Oh look at her soulful eyes....they alone melt my heart," one felt compelled to write.
There were offers of help, of condolence, of joy, and one person just couldn't resist: "Happy tails."