Brandi proves true survivor

BRANDI the dog that survived eight months alone on Woody Island off Hervey Bay before being rescued a week ago has settled back in well with her owners, the Adams family of Gympie.

Desli Adams said Brandi seemed to remember everything, even sitting while daughter Savahna gave her meaty bites.

“She treated them like a delicacy or a kid with lollies,” Ms Adams said.

“If you open the car door she jumps straight in as if to say ‘don’t think you are leaving me behind ever again’.

“She is getting along famously with her replacement Jess and the other dogs.

“She appears to just have a smile on her face and is thoroughly enjoying life.”

Ms Adams said while they had been touched by everyone’s interest and concern, they were looking forward to the publicity dying down because they were “just quiet country people”.

On New Year’s night, the Catahoula hunting dog had been spooked by fireworks and sprinted off the end of the Urangan pier.

Her family had searched for her but eventually gave her up for dead.

In the meantime, Brandi had swum to Woody Island and was believed to have lived off crustaceans, lizards, birds and other small animals until she was spotted by fishermen and eventually caught by Qld Parks and Wildlife Service rangers.

Fraser Coast Regional Council compliance officers remembered Brandi’s disappearance and were able to reunite the dog and her owners on Tuesday last week.

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