THEY say every dog has its day.
And last Tuesday belonged to Benny the silky terrier cross.
Distraught owner Gloria Dawn was last Tuesday reunited with her beloved pooch, who went missing from her car outside the Eastwood Leisure Complex on July 8.
“I feel like I am the luckiest person ever,” Ms Dawn said.
She had called on the Ballarat community to help find her 13-year-old companion, which included making a public appeal in The Courier on July 15. Benny was found wandering the streets near Cuthberts Road in Alfredton, about seven kilometres from where he went missing.
“He was exhausted ... I did not recognise him to begin with because he had lost so much weight,” she said.
Ms Dawn said Benny was discovered by Alfredton resident Ben Roberts, who was picking up his children from school.
“I was driving along when I spotted him,” he said.
“I stopped the car and called Gloria and we stayed on the phone until she arrived.”
Ms Dawn had given Mr Roberts her contact details after door knocking his neighbourhood last Tuesday.
Benny noticed Ms Dawn immediately when they were reunited.
“I called his name and he looked at me but kept walking,” she said.
“When he realised it was me, he came running up.”
Benny was missing for seven days and seven nights.
Ms Dawn also received a phone call from Alfredton resident Glenyse Bending last Tuesday, who coincidently is Mr Roberts’ mother-in-law.
Ms Bending called Ms Dawn to tell her she had spotted Benny outside her house that morning.