A FAMILY from Kinross is complete again after their lost puppy Mila was returned home after nine days.
The 16-month-old border collie cross kelpie ran away last Monday after she was scared off by robbers who broke in to the house.
Distraught owner Kirsty Marshall spent hours searching for Mila each day and first spotted her beloved pet on Thursday near Tauranga Retreat before she ran off towards Long Beach Promenade.
The mother-of-two said Mila was “petrified” and that running away was not in her nature.
Desperate to find Mila, Ms Marshall created a Facebook page where community members rallied together to help bring her home.
The Help Find Mila page was more than 400 members strong and got community members, some even with drones, out looking for the missing pooch.
Ms Marshall’s attempts to get Mila back home, including putting her bed out near where she was spotted, failed.
It wasn’t until Mila eventually headed to the home of a friend of Ms Marshall’s that the family could be reunited with her.
Ms Marshall today posted on the Facebook page that she was “so so happy” to have Mila home.
“My Mila has come home,” she wrote.
“I’m so so happy.
“My friend brought her to me this morning after she found her way to ozzys (sic) house.
“Just proves how great a dog’s smell is and how there (sic) truly is a special bond between dogs after leaving scents around for the last nine days.”
Ms Marshall, who is taking Mila to the vet today, said she the canine was a bit tired and skinny but all that didn’t matter because she was home.
“Thank you so so much everyone for all your help and support through these tough nine days,” the post read.
“I’ll be forever grateful.
“She truly is a special dog.”