Barnett’s Golden Retriever and her puppy, Cashew, had been missing from their New Zealand home since Nov. 20.
“They’re very friendly [with] people,” Barnett told stuff.co.nz. “We suspected they were chasing hares. On Thursday morning I got up to find Cashew standing at the back door. I thought the mother would be returning at any stage – but a week later she still hadn’t turned up.”
Since Ka Pai was microchipped, Barnett searched the local pounds, advertised and posted her picture on Facebook. But there was no sign of Ka Pai anywhere.
“We hadn’t totally given up hope but it was causing considerable stress in our family. Ka Pai had been with us since she was a pup and is now 6 years old. Cashew was the latest in her second litter,” Barnett said.
Eight days later, Barnett was serving a search warrant and found Ka Pai and another dog in the bedroom.
According to lifewithdogs.tv, “Ka Pai had been picked up by another older man associated with the complex who said he found her wandering on the road.”
The man did not attempt to identify or return Ka Pai but took care of her.
“He said the dog had been friendly and picking up stones, as she does, to take to children waiting at the bus stop,” Barnett explained.
Barnett took Ka Pai back home, where she jumped into his wife’s loving arms.