A man whose startled dog sparked a community search has thanked those who came to the aid of his missing pet.
Dalbeattie residents turned out in force to help Jonty Durok find Tye, who bolted after he was spooked by a loud noise.
He fled after a racket from the nearby sawmill disturbed his regular walk in the town wood, prompting a frantic 22-hour search.
Jonty said the eight-year-old Collie had been in a heightened state of anxiety due to fireworks’ season.
He told the News: “He is a nervy dog anyway but he has been a bit worse since the fireworks started coming about again. I think between that and the bangs coming from the sawmill that morning, that was what happened.”
Jonty, daughters Emma, Jackie and other family members mounted a search for the fleeing dog after his Thursday morning disappearance.
Numbers were bolstered when more than 40 volunteers stepped in to join the hunt and scour the town.
The search was called off shortly before midnight on Thursday but resumed on Friday morning.
And that’s when frantic Jonty and daughter Jackie eventually found the startled pet cowering in undergrowth about half a mile into the wood from where he originally disappeared.
Jonty said: “I was so glad to get him back. He was really cold and we covered him with his blanket and took him home. He has been getting a lot of TLC.”
Tye is now back to his regular walk but Jonty confesses he will be “keeping him on his lead”, meantime.
He added: “I would really like to thank everyone who came to help. I was touched. There was even a lad out close to midnight with a torch.
“The people of Dalbeattie are a great community and seem to rise to the occasion when its needed anyway but I was very grateful.”
Jackie also took to social media to say thanks to all those who assisted with the search.