Happy ending as Marlin stars in real-life drama

HOME FROM A ROAM: After five days of a frantic search by many people for Marlin (centre) , Tirzah and Tyrone Rolfe are rapt to have him home. Marlin went missing while Tirzah and her mother were walking him at the beach. Picture by Paul Rickard

LIFE imitated art for performing arts drama major Tirzah Rolfe when her dog Marlin went missing for five days.

Tirzah played a lost and found dog in Evolution Theatre Company’s production of AR Gurney’s play Sylvia.

Unlike Gurney’s tragicomedy, though, Marlin was not taken home by a smitten stranger who bonded with the dog, but was found after five days of frantic searching involving many people.

Tirzah and her mother were walking the rough-coated border collie/blue merle cross Marlin at Midway Beach on Wednesday when he went missing.

“We had walked along the boardwalk from Captain Morgans to Midway, then went down to the beach and let him off his lead as we walked towards the Pipe,” said Tirzah.

“We turned around to come back but by the time we got to Midway he was gone. We ran up and down the dunes and called his name.”

Marlin is a shy dog and could have been spooked by something although there were few people were about at that hour, she said.

When Tirzah posted a plea on Facebook for people to keep an eye and ear out for Marlin the search effort was widespread.

“It amazed me how fast word spread. There were loads of messages from animal owners.”

Occasional sightings were mixed with worst-case scenarios.

He was seen at the Poverty Bay golf course heading towards Awapuni Speedway. Someone else thought they spotted him at The Cut.

One person who passed through Rotoiti en route to Rotorua noticed a dog that looked like Marlin walking ahead of other walkers.

Others wondered if he had fallen in a hole, was swept away or stolen.

Tirzah and husband Tyrone spent hours searching for him.

“We were exhausted, we couldn’t sleep, we were constantly looking in the same places,” said Tirzah.

It came to a happy conclusion yesterday morning when a Gisborne security firm worker spotted Marlin trotting along the beach at Roberts Road and called a friend, who took a leash to the beach and walked along the boardwalk calling Marlin’s name.

“He zoomed past her, came back, circled her a few times and sat down,” said Tirzah.

When he got home he was excited but thirsty and gulped down some food.

“His paws were worn down so he must have roamed a bit.”

LIFE imitated art for performing arts drama major Tirzah Rolfe when her dog Marlin went missing for five days.

Tirzah played a lost and found dog in Evolution Theatre Company’s production of AR Gurney’s play Sylvia.

Unlike Gurney’s tragicomedy, though, Marlin was not taken home by a smitten stranger who bonded with the dog, but was found after five days of frantic searching involving many people.

Tirzah and her mother were walking the rough-coated border collie/blue merle cross Marlin at Midway Beach on Wednesday when he went missing.

“We had walked along the boardwalk from Captain Morgans to Midway, then went down to the beach and let him off his lead as we walked towards the Pipe,” said Tirzah.

“We turned around to come back but by the time we got to Midway he was gone. We ran up and down the dunes and called his name.”

Marlin is a shy dog and could have been spooked by something although there were few people were about at that hour, she said.

When Tirzah posted a plea on Facebook for people to keep an eye and ear out for Marlin the search effort was widespread.

“It amazed me how fast word spread. There were loads of messages from animal owners.”

Occasional sightings were mixed with worst-case scenarios.

He was seen at the Poverty Bay golf course heading towards Awapuni Speedway. Someone else thought they spotted him at The Cut.

One person who passed through Rotoiti en route to Rotorua noticed a dog that looked like Marlin walking ahead of other walkers.

Others wondered if he had fallen in a hole, was swept away or stolen.

Tirzah and husband Tyrone spent hours searching for him.

“We were exhausted, we couldn’t sleep, we were constantly looking in the same places,” said Tirzah.

It came to a happy conclusion yesterday morning when a Gisborne security firm worker spotted Marlin trotting along the beach at Roberts Road and called a friend, who took a leash to the beach and walked along the boardwalk calling Marlin’s name.

“He zoomed past her, came back, circled her a few times and sat down,” said Tirzah.

When he got home he was excited but thirsty and gulped down some food.

“His paws were worn down so he must have roamed a bit.”

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