MISSING for an incredible eight days in Moray, a petrified pooch has been reunited with her overjoyed owners.
Nolene and Alan Harris were frantic with worry when their chocolate lab, Galaxy, gave them the slip near their Lossiemouth home and went into hiding.
Hope was fading fast for her safe return after more than a week of looking for her, until one last major search involving around 50 volunteers proved successful.
A tip-off from a passing motorist who saw Galaxy on a roadside on the outskirts of town led to an emotional discovery of her lying low deep in the forest, safe and well.
Mrs Harris said she was overwhelmed by the amount of Moray folk who offered support, particularly after an appeal was made over Facebook to help fine the frightened six-year-old labrador.
"We just can’t thank people enough," she said. "I’m not on Facebook but it’s utterly amazing the response that we’ve had.
"Galaxy is doing well and she’s going to get spoiled rotten. The vet said she is in not bad condition considering what she has been through."
The re-homed dog made its escape on Saturday, February 8 during a walk at Sunbank quarry. Various sightings were reported up until Tuesday but when no word arrived by the weekend, her owners began to fear the worst.
However she was found deep in the woods near to Spynie canal, nearly a couple of miles from her home, on Sunday.
Mrs Harris says she is indebted to her army of helpers, in particular Claire Williams and Caroline Kelly, who have provided a dog walking service to the family through their Wags2Whiskers business and helped organise Sunday’s mass search for Galaxy.
Galaxy’s owners are making a donation to a charity nominated by the group – one which supports maltreated dogs in Romania – while the couple are also pledging cash to Lost Dogs Scotland, a website which also offered them support.
More on Galaxy’s ordeal in the Northern Scot print version.