WHEN Maureen Machin's puppy escaped from her mother's Riverhills home, she feared he would fall into the wrong hands.
Especially after an attempted theft of the one-year-old bichon frise pup earlier this year.
"He was in the front yard when I saw a woman reach in over the fence and steal her," Ms Machin said.
"I had to chase after her down the street and then fight to get my dog back."
Fortunately this time, her dog - named Jagger - found his way into the safe hands of Marc and Poppy (last name withheld).
The owners of the Just Poppy's burger restaurant in Riverhills noticed the dog wandering around the front of their venue.
"As pet owners ourselves, we knew that anyone who might have lost a pet would be grateful for its return," Poppy said.
"So we picked it up out of harm's way and took it to the nearest vet in the hope that it had been micro-chipped."
Poppy said her actions were nothing special, and hoped that anyone else in her circumstance would have done the same.
But for Ms Machin, the act of kindness has renewed her faith in the good will of strangers.
"I was so relieved to get the phone call from the vet to say that my dog had been returned," she said.
Ms Machin said her pup's disappearance had come at a difficult time, after she lost her house in the 2011 floods and her father passed away in April.
"To have lost Jagger would have been devastating...he could have been stolen again or run over by a car quite easily."
Ms Machin said she was reassured and grateful to know there were still people out there willing to help others.
What is pet micro-chipping?
Micro chipping is the insertion of a small electronic identification device into the animal's skin. With a microchip scanning device, the microchip can be read and the information about your pet can be accessed through a database.