IF DOGS could talk, what a tale Shelbie would tell.
After a big storm in September 2015, the long- haired border collie went missing from her owners' home.
Last week the family was finally reunited with their beloved canine companion.
Owner Tegan Ballin said Shelbie had always been scared of storms.
"We did everything we could to find her at the time. A lady saw a dog that looked like her in Manumbar and called us. I told her to call her name, but when she went to she was gone,” Mrs Ballin said.
"We live on five acres out of town and we thought she might be mistaken for a wild dog or a dingo, or get into a brawl, because lots of our neighbours have wild dog traps.”
Colleen Fricke came across Shelbie while driving and she hopped into her car. She lives about 20km across the paddocks from the Ballins.
"Maybe she was trying to get back to us,” Mrs Ballin said.
"When we went to get her we were so nervous, thinking what if it was her and she didn't remember us or if it wasn't her.
"But she saw Clint and something clicked and she jumped on him.”
Before Shelbie went missing she was an outside dog, but now she is inside all the time and accompanies Tegan and Clint to work each day.
Mrs Ballin said from the condition Shelbie was in, someone was probably caring for her.
Before Shelbie went missing she had a litter of puppies.
"Someone has been looking after her, because she's got no fleas and it looks like she's had another litter of puppies,” Mrs Ballin said.
"We were under the assumption when we first got her that she was micro-chipped, but she wasn't.
"If dogs could talk we'd love Shelbie to tell us where she's been.”
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