Brian Railton is happy that his dog Benji is back home. Picture: Droop Renae Source: Quest Newspapers
Logan City man Brian Railton, who walked almost 300km over eight weeks searching for his lost dog Benji, has been reunited with his companion.
The kelpie-border collie cross escaped his yard at Kingston, south of Brisbane, when he was spooked by a storm on March 24.
Every day since then, Mr Railton, 70, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, walked from his home to the council’s animal management centre in the hope of finding his best mate, who would usually be walking by his side.
With the help of his son Malcolm, Mr Railton hung posters and searched high and low until receiving the call he had been waiting for last Friday.
“We were nearly at the point of giving up, we were talking about getting another dog because it was very stressful for dad,” Malcolm Railton said.
“I got the call from the pound and dad could hear me on the phone and was so excited to bring him home.
“We had a celebration and took him to McDonald’s for an ice-cream and he stole half of dad’s as well.”