Mystery pup was due for trip to Cairns pound
A SMALL fluffy dog befriended a group of backpackers in Bundaberg and is now stranded in Airlie Beach, waiting for her owner to be found so she can go home.
The backpackers, reported to be German nationals are believed to have made a pit stop in a rest area south of Bundaberg were they befriended a small dog, a Yorkshire terrier.
Not nearby to any houses and without a collar, tag or any form of identification, the group decided to put the dog in their van and take it with them as they continued north on their travels.
Several days later the group stopped off in Airlie Beach where they caught the attention of Lea's Book Exchange worker Wendy Galloway.
"I happened to glance out the window and there was a young man with a small black dog on a lead, like a rope lead," she said.
Ms Galloway said she approach the man.
"I said, 'would you like to give your dog some water, because we've got a dog dish at the shop', we welcome the doggies," she said.
"So he gave the dog some water and we got to talking."
Ms Galloway said an unbelievable story began to unravel.
"He said he asked around all the people who were in the rest area (near Bundaberg) and nobody knew who belonged to the dog," she said.
"He was unsure what to do, so he popped it in the van and travelled with it."
"And they got as far as Airlie Beach where I have intercepted them."
Ms Galloway became concerned for the dog's welfare.
Their destination was Cairns, and then I believe he was going to surrender her there to the pound.
"Their destination was Cairns, and then I believe he was going to surrender her there to the pound," she said.
Ms Galloway expressed her concerns to the man.
"I said to him, 'we've got to try and find her proper home and the further north you go, the less chance you're going to have," she said.
After a while of discussion, the man obliged and gave Ms Galloway the dog that she has since taken home and re-named Bundy.
Determined to find the dog's owners, Ms Galloway shared the story and photos of the Yorkshire terrier on the Facebook page of Lea's Book Exchange.
The post has since been shared almost 6000 times around Australia and gained international exposure.
Ms Galloway said the support was overwhelming with a Yorkshire terrier trainer phoning from Melbourne yesterday to offer support.
But Ms Galloway said she wouldn't be giving the dog up to just anyone.
"I would only give her up if I felt sure she was going back to her correct owners," she said.
"I wouldn't want to pass her on because then I would worry that she's not being cared for correctly.
"Because if this ends up being her forever home I know it will be a good home."