Jazz makes welcome comeback
Santa stopped in a little bit late to the Norquay household this year, with a delivery of their slightly roughed-up pup who had been missing since early December.
Dale Norquay said their normally cuddly and housebound fox terrier, Jazz, had been missing since December 7, when she ran off after hearing gunshots and thunder.
"She just took off and didn't come home," she said.
After weeks of sticking up fliers all over Ngaruawahia and three-hour nightly searches, the family had almost given up hope of seeing their beloved Jazz again.
We spent the first couple of weeks frantically looking for her . . . (then) we sort of packed her bed up and thought ‘that's it, she's not coming back'," Mrs Norquay said.
But after a late-night feeding and changing of her granddaughter, Mrs Norquay flicked her eyes to the window and couldn't believe what she was seeing.
"I saw this white dog in the window and I thought I was dreaming."
Dale's husband, Philip Norquay, had no idea how Jazz had survived her journey, but was pleased to see her back.
"Twenty-two nights away from home, so she's been living on something," he said.
Mr Norquay said they were worried that Jazz may have fallen victim to a bout of 1080 poisoning, which is rife in the hills near their home, but other than looking and smelling a bit nasty, Jazz was as happy as Larry.
"We thought that she was probably history . . . but she showed up at midnight (on Saturday) absolutely stinking, so it was straight into the shower," he said. "She looks like she could do with a good feed." email@example.com