Western Leader : January 17th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 5 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 17, 2012 NEWS OPEN TO VIEW Friday 20th January, 10am to 4pm 135 Connell Street, Blockhouse Bay www.metlifecare.co.nz REV5343 For more information call Karen on 09 826 2018. Peace of mind living minus the price. Serviced Apartments available from $185,000. At Metlifecare we encourage independent living. Which is why we offer the choice of Serviced Apartments. They're purpose built for people that want the comfort and freedom of living in their own home, but need care on hand 24 hours a day. On top of that they come with an affordable price. Why choose the Metifecare Powley lifestyle: Friendly kiwi community where everyone is welcome A range of services including meals, laundry and cleaning Nursing services and personal checks 24 hour push button assistance Facilities including hairdressing salon, spa pool, chapel and library. Reunited -- and it feels so good ... By STEPHEN FORBES Snoopy's adventure: Helen Wium with her dog Snoopy who went missing for seven days after being scared by fireworks. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES ' As soon as she saw me she came running towards me. It was such a relief. I ended up crying. ' Helen Wium Helen Wium had no idea if she'd see her beloved pet Snoopy again after she went missing for more than a week. Mrs Wium, who works at the SPCA's national office in New Lynn, went on a week- long holiday to the Awhitu Peninsula with her husband Noel on January 2. They left the fox terrier pointer cross with her friend Kim Thomas in Pakuranga. Snoopy would usually have been safe and secure at the house but fireworks set off by a neighbour that same night frightened the dog. Mrs Thomas and her part- ner went out for a couple of hours and left Snoopy in their fully fenced backyard. We came back and found Snoopy was gone,'' she says. I felt absolutely terrible. We'd looked after her before and with no problems.'' She called Mrs Wium the next morning to say Snoopy had disappeared. It meant we had to cut our holiday short,'' Mrs Wium says. We put flyers in letter- boxes, contacted all the veter- inary clinics in the area and put up posters everywhere. We put up messages on Facebook, Pets On The Net and TradeMe.'' The enthusiastic response from the public gave them hope. Even complete strangers contacted me and offered to help find her.'' On the afternoon of Janu- ary 9 the couple got the call they'd been waiting for. A Pakuranga man rang to say he thought his son had found Snoopy under their deck. It was awesome,'' she says. Mrs Wium says while Snoopy looked a little bit skinny and had lost her col- lar, it was great to finally get her back. As soon as she saw me she came running towards me. It was such a relief. I ended up crying.'' She says Snoopy was microchipped and had a col- lar with council tags when she went missing. Last year the SPCA called for the government to ban the sale of fireworks for personal use. SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger says Snoopy's story shows the stress fireworks can cause animals. She says every year the organisation sees an increase in the number of animals straying during Guy Fawkes. The only way to stop these tragedies is to ban fireworks for personal use entirely.'' Mrs Wium supports the SPCA's calls for a total ban on fireworks except at public displays. But for now she's just happy to have Snoopy back. I'd like to thank the family that found her and contacted us. She's a much-loved mem- ber of our family.''
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