Heartbreak as dogs vanish into thin air

WHERE’S Webster is the question Bill and Katy Ash have asked themselves for nearly three weeks after their four-legged family members went missing.

Seven-year-old weimaraner, Webster, and his one-year-old best mate Pip, a Jack Russell, were playing near their owners in a paddock on the Duri-Dungowan Rd when they went missing on January 23.

They’ve even taken the extraordinary step of posting a $1000 reward for the return of the beloved pooches.

The reward offered has doubled from $500 to $1000 as Mr and Mrs Ash hope desperately for Webster’s and Pip’s safe return.

“We were in the paddock fencing with the dogs and they were with us and playing,” Mrs Ash said.

“It would’ve been 6.30pm or 7pm and they were there playing and then I realised they’d gone, so I immediately got in the car. 

“If they go anywhere, they usually go play in the creek. 

“I immediately drove around to our neighbour  and he had seen no sign of them. 

“Then I went to the back of the property because they sometimes chase rabbits there.

“We’ve done the whole area, all our neighbours know they are missing.”

Mrs Ash said the couple had searched through Loomberah, down Meadows Lane, Duri and Timbumburi and contacted vets as far afield as Scone, Wallabadah, Gunnedah, Armidale and Port Macquarie to find their best mates.

“Little Pip would jump straight in the car if someone opened the door – that’s the only way Webster would get in,” she said.

“Being country music, there’s probably a few visitors around, so they could’ve been picked up.

“It’s really sad.”

Mrs Ash said their neighbour was an expert tracker and she said there were no tracks left.

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