THE story of a puppy stolen in the lead-up to Christmas came to a happy conclusion yesterday, when Zarly was reunited with her family.
The Mullers spent last week searching for their blue stumpy tail cattle dog, who went missing near Muirlea last Friday.
"We went all around Ipswich, door-knocking and putting signs up," Kirsty Muller said.
Seven days of stress came to a close when a man responded to the Muller's advertisement in the QT.
"He found her outside our property and took her," she said.
"Because she wasn't in the yard this guy thought if he didn't hear anything he would keep her.
"His mate told him about the ad and he felt like he should do the right thing, which we were so happy about.
"I have four sons and they all really missed her; she's a part of the family."
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said families should tag their pets properly before going away on holidays this Christmas, in case they ran away or were taken.
"I'm not aware of a rise in dog thefts over the holidays, but if people do go away on holidays it's important to have someone who checks on your dog to feed and exercise them, as well as their ID tags up to date," he said.
"Pets should have a microchip with up-to-date details, a tag with your best contact number and a council registration tag. People can also get an RSPCA VIP tag."
The RSPCA Qld Home Alone program also allows dog owners to register the details of their pets' temporary carers with the RSPCA.