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HOMEWARD BOUND – Rove prepares for the 250km journey back to Barham (NSW) from Bacchus Marsh council pound, with owner Lauren and son George. (below) PHOTOS – Helen Tatchell

Meg Kennedy & Helen Tatchell

A 6-year old male golden retriever and his human family have been apart since 23 January, and were last week reunited some 250 kilometres from home.
Originally lost from Barham in NSW, Rove was found at Bolwarrah, 15km from Ballan and reunited with his owners at the Moorabool Shire Council Pound on Wednesday morning.
Thanks to Rove’s microchip, his owners Lauren and Lachy Mathers were easy to locate.
As fate has it, Lauren and her husband, with 3-year old son George, just happened to be in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon when they got the call.
Rove and his mate Ralph, a Maremma sheep dog, both wandered off in Barham with Lauren searching high and low ever since, even taking to social media in a vain hope of finding their dogs.
In an emotional and tearful reunion at the council pound, Rove’s tail never stopped wagging.
“If you find a dog, take it to the local pound or vet,” said owner Lauren.
Rove was handed into the Ballan police station by a Bolwarrah resident where he was then taken to the vet to treat head and neck wounds and was put on medication.
It appeared over the last 6-weeks Rove had been attacked by another animal, suffering deep cuts to his head and throat.
Ralph is still missing with unconfirmed sightings in the Koondrook area.
Microchipping for dogs and cats is a state government requirement, and dogs and cats over the age of three in the Moorabool Shire must be microchipped and registered.
To see the video of the emotional reunion, visit the Moorabool News website or Facebook page.