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Daisy the dog flies home 6 years later

Where Daisy has spent the past 6 years of her life is anybody’s guess, the Waspes say.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and it is by some grace or miracle that Daisy, an 8-year-old Jack Russell cross-breed made her way home six years after going missing.

She was flown home after being discovered walking the streets of Beverley Grove, Port Elizabeth by locals and taken to the Kragga Kamma Veterinary Hospital. The Record sat down with the Waspes, who adopted Daisy in August 2010 from the Roodepoort SPCA, to hear the full story. Wife Sharon had lost her previous pet, Jacky, to cancer and felt the best way to deal with the pain was adopting another dog. Browsing around, she found Daisy and completed the forms to adopt her.

“Daisy was surrendered to the SPCA by her previous owners, and so I had reasonable knowledge that this dog might have behavioural problems,” Sharon said.

Once home, Daisy settled in nicely and was loved by everybody around her. She had long, wiry hair and was gaining weight when one day, the Waspes came home from work to find she had completely disappeared, having somehow escaped the yard. At the time, they put up flyers and drove the streets of Roodepoort looking for her and offered a R1 000 reward to anyone who could successfully identify and return her home. Nothing came of their efforts and, heartbroken, they abandoned hope of ever finding her again.

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Scottish Terrier

Photo: Modern Scottish Terrier

History
Despite being an old breed, the Scottish Terrier’s history is somewhat obscure and undocumented. The Scottie’s origin is believed to date back to a dog that was described by Pliny the Elder in 55 B.C.

When the Romans invaded Britain, he wrote, “They found, much to their surprise, small dogs that would follow their quarry to the ground.”

The Romans called the dogs terrarii, which means “workers of the earth” and is derived from terra, the Latin word for earth.

The Scottish Terrier was a hunter and still hunts by instinct today.

The Old Scotch Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest breeds in Scotland and the foundation dog for all of today’s terrier breeds.

The breed is extinct today, but was described as a stable worker with strength, courage, and stamina, who could breach his quarry’s rocky dens.

The breed was a black or sandy-colored dog that was low in stature, strong, with long hair and small, half-prick ears.

Reference: www.justadogg.info/scottish-terrier