Maree O’Brien, of Casino, has been reunited with her shitzu-Maltese terrier cross, Jasper, after he went missing on New Year’s Eve.
Maree O’Brien, of Casino, has been reunited with her shitzu-Maltese terrier cross, Jasper, after he went missing on New Year’s Eve. Doug Eaton / The Northern Star

Jasper's jaunt ends in a happy reunion

WHEN Jasper, the shiatsu-Maltese cross dog, went for a jaunt on New Year's Eve in Casino he never thought he would create such a fuss.

And when Jasper's owner, Maree O'Brien, discovered her beloved pet missing the first thing she did was ring The Northern Star.

A brief story appeared in the newspaper on New Year's Day, prompting Jasper's return to his grateful owner.

Miss O'Brien said Jasper, 5, was roaming around her house at 11pm on New Year's Eve.

“He is never up that late so I just thought he had to go to the toilet,” she said.

“So I let him out the back door and because it was a hot night I told him to lay on the step in the cool.

“I went back to bed, but I fell asleep and when I woke it was 2am.

“I went looking for Jasper, but he wasn't on the step and was nowhere to be seen.

“So I got in the car and drove around Casino looking for him.”

Unbeknownst to Miss O'Brien, Jasper had made his way to the Charcoal Inn, nearly two kilometres away.

“He went to the pub,” Miss O'Brien said.

“He must have thought 'mum's boring on New Year's Eve'.

“It's a wonder they let him in, seeing he is under age.”

Miss O'Brien said she was told Jasper cuddled up with a couple of people at the Charcoal Inn that night.

One of them was a gentleman who took pity on the pooch and took him home.

When his wife saw Jasper it was love at first sight.

Miss O'Brien said the lady took very good care of him, placing a crocheted rug on the floor of their air-conditioned loungeroom.

“The next day they went to visit friends at Evans Head, taking Jasper with them,” Miss O'Brien said.

“When they arrived their friends recognised Jasper from the news story and called me.

“Jasper had a wonderful time and we made them a cake to thank them for looking after him so well.”



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