BACK FROM THE BRINK:survive eight months on Woody Island before returning to civilisation and meeting council compliance officer Sally Cripps and Queensland Parks and Wildlife’s Natalie Kastner.
BACK FROM THE BRINK:survive eight months on Woody Island before returning to civilisation and meeting council compliance officer Sally Cripps and Queensland Parks and Wildlife’s Natalie Kastner. Alistair Brightman

Wonder dog survives island ordeal

DESLI Adams thinks her family’s dog Brandi has nine lives.

It was only in September last year that the pup almost bled to death after gashing her leg on a sheet of corrugated iron.

She said Brandi’s gums and tongue were white by the time they reached the vet and a blood transfusion from another dog saved her life.

So the family was reluctant to bring her back to Hervey Bay on holidays earlier this year but their youngest daughter Shanelle convinced them to let her come along.

But that decision ended in tears when New Year’s Eve fireworks spooked Brandi and she broke her chain before sprinting along the Urangan pier and jumping off the end into the ocean.

Desli’s husband Brad walked the streets until 4am searching for Brandi, they called the council at 7am the next morning, put up wanted posters around town and talked to locals.

Days later, they received a phone call from a woman who told them that someone had seen Brandi jump off the pier.

The Adams family thought she had been washed out to sea and although they kept searching for the rest of their holiday, they feared the worst.

“Shanelle just sobbed and sobbed,” Ms Adams said.

But on Monday, Shanelle almost hit the roof – literally – jumping up and down in the car when she learned Brandi had been rescued.

After being reunited yesterday, Shanelle remarked: “She’s pretty tame still for living on the island for ages”.

Ms Adams said the frustrating part was that Brandi couldn’t speak to tell them what she had been through.

The sweet-natured pooch was friendly to all the reporters, cameramen and passers-by that stopped to pet her at Urangan yesterday, showing no signs of being traumatised by her long, lonely stay on Woody Island which is quite remote and has few visitors.

The family travelled back to their Gympie home yesterday afternoon and Brandi met her replacement Jess, a bull Arab pup, and rejoined the Adams family’s three other dogs on their 50-acre property.

“I’m not sure she’ll come back to Hervey Bay,” Ms Adams said.



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