ARARAT - The story of 13 year old border collie-kelpie cross Lucy's journey across Ararat reads like something out of a movie script.
Owner Andrew Gubbins is still amazed at the adventures his loyal dog must have experience as she trekked from one end of the region to the other over a six day period.
It all began when Mr Gubbins farewelled his dog for an interstate holiday.
"I was away in Queensland and so Lucy was staying at Moyston with my son," he said.
"He let her off on the Thursday night for a run and she disappeared all of a sudden.
"We put an ad in the Ararat Advertiser and several people rang and said they had seen an old dog in the Ararat North area, but I kind of discounted that thinking that she would still be hanging around Moyston."
Mr Gubbins said as the days dragged on he was becoming quite distraught, until he received a phone call some six days after his beloved pet went missing and was informed she had been discovered by local man Mark Dalgleish.
"She was discovered the following Wednesday at the Langi Ghiran Winery on the Ararat-Warrak Road," he said.
"That's 43km from my son's property in a straight line, let alone the distance she would have covered."
Mr Gubbins, who runs a pruning business, had been completing work at the Langi Ghiran Winery with his trusty offsider in the weeks prior to Lucy's disappearance.
"She knew the place pretty well by the end of it," he said.
"In the days that she was missing we discovered scratch marks near the backdoor of my house so she may have gone there first and obviously thought well he's not home so I'll try the winery.
"I marvel at these animals and their sense of direction. It is just an amazing story."