Ozzy back with relieved family
AFTER a town-wide search for Ozzy, the blue cattle dog has been found safe and well - at a concreting work site.
Misty Bland spent days searching for the dog who helped her husband cope with cancer.
Ozzy went missing at the weekend and Misty said she was over the moon to have the pooch back.
"Leanne at the council took so many calls from me and Angela Witchard actually drove around with me yesterday looking for Ozzy," Misty said.
"There was even a guy from Yeppoon who phoned and said he was thinking about us and hoped we found our dog."
Ozzy was found stuck inside a piece of machinery at a concreting work site on Barton Street, Emerald, and Misty is grateful to the workers who heard the blue heeler barking and called for help.
"It's amazing they even heard her over all the noise going on," she said.
"Rob is so happy to have her back - we are just beside ourselves.
"We just have that unconditional love for her."
After breaking his back in an accident two years ago, surgeons discovered a tumour in Rob's spine and on his arrival back home from hospital he was welcomed with Ozzy as a pup.
Rob was bed-bound for months and Misty said if not for Ozzy Rob would not have coped as well as he did.
"She is such an important part of his life," she said.
"She has definitely, in a lot of ways, helped heal Rob."
Misty and Rob were at a meeting in New South Wales and drove 13 hours straight when they heard from a friend that Ozzy had gone missing from their Gray St home on Sunday.
"Since we got back I have driven around town for hours trying to find her," she said.