After seven months roaming the bush, an English springer spaniel named Connor has been reunited with his owners.
It is an extraordinary story of survival and community spirit.
“We’re still in awe at the moment. We walk out the back and just go, ‘Connor is home!’ It’s very surreal,” said Sally Thomson, doting owner of the five-year-old dog.
The Thomson family lives in Perth, Western Australia, but they have a small sheep farm near Lake Towerrinning, 250 kilometres south of the capital, which they often visit on weekends.
In May , a trip home from the bush took a turn for the worse when Connor ran away, leaving the young family devastated.
“It was horrendous,” Ms Thomson said.
“We’d have sightings of Connor in the area so we’d camp out overnight to try and find him.
“He wouldn’t go to anyone. We had local farmers that were happy to …