Amo, an English Springer Spaniel, was the last of five puppies to be born in her litter and was unable to breathe on her own. It took 45 minutes of rubbing her with a towel to get the blood flowing so she could breathe independently, so it’s no wonder that Amo and her owner (or mum) Bibby have developed a irreplaceable and unbreakable bond.
On 15th September 2018, Amo joined Bibby’s mum at The Midland Game Fair in Telford whilst Bibby was away on holiday. The family were exhibiting at the event and Amo was behind the stand with the family’s other dog.
Bibby’s mum always stayed behind the stand, and looked after the dogs however three of the staff went on their lunch break at the same time and the stand got very busy so she had to leave the dogs tied up behind the stand while she helped out.
What happened to Amo in those a few minutes is unknown; whether she slipped her lead or someone detached her from it and snatched her. However what is known, when Bibby’s mum returned a few short minutes later, she’d disappeared.
But Bibby insists that with the character Amo has, if she did come loose herself, she would have come onto the stand to show everyone that she had escaped, and she would have hoped for attention and a cuddle.
Bibby says “The Midlands Game Fair is a very busy event and somebody could have easily picked her up if she was wondering, but I don’t understand how absolutely nobody on that Saturday saw anything. Nobody has come forward and said that they saw somebody putting a lead onto a loose dog, and therefore I think she was taken from behind the stand directly. Somebody was watching mum’s movements, and jumped at the chance when mum disappeared for just those few minutes.”
Bibby’s unwaveringly love for Amo is evident in the lengths she’s gone to to find her beautiful girl.
She has paid for Amo’s posters to go in service stations, pubs, clubs, bars and on train lines. She has waited outside locations where Amo is thought to be and has done door-to-door postering of Amo’s leaflets in different locations around the country in different cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester.
She has emailed over 1000 vets in the country with Amo’s information and has also contacted the majority of food, game, country, agricultural and craft fairs that are happening over 2019, asking to attend to hand out leaflets about Amo.
She has also contacted all major radio and T.V stations and appeared on BBC Countryfile and BBC Bristol.
Bibby has also turned to social media to share Amo’s story with those she still hasn’t reached.
Speaking of the impact Amo’s theft has had on her, Bibby says “The theft of Amo has completely broken my heart, she is the light in every bit of darkness of my life, and somebody has taken that from me. It’s been almost 24 weeks since I’ve called her name, or seen her to have a cuddle, and it breaks my heart every single day. I have driven over 7,000 miles over the country in search for Amo and continue to do so. Every morning she is the first thing I think about, and every night she is the last thing on my mind. I have her toy next to my bed, and I take it with me on all the trips on the road.
I don’t think the person who has done this understands the effect that they have on the individual owners and on the families. I cannot do this without my Amo, the unknown is soul-shattering, and if the thief understood the pain they caused, I don’t think they would be able to live with themselves, but it’s impersonal to them, and that’s why they do it.”
And speaking directly to the person who can help reunite Bibby with Amo she says “If you have Amo, or know where she is, I hope you realise that you are breaking a family apart. The reward we are offering is more than you would ever get by holding on to her, whether you keep her for months or years, I will pay you more in cash than you’ll ever get from keeping her, if she’s returned safely to me”
Amo was 16 months old when she was stolen and is now 21 months. She has a ¾ docked tail and a white body and legs with liver speckles running down her back and all four legs.
She has liver ears, and a white line that runs down between her eyes to the right side of her snout. The whole of the left side of her snout is liver, and there is an oval spot of liver on top of her head. The right side of her snout is white with just a few liver speckles.
Despite being confident around Bibby and her family, Amo has a very soft and nervous side. She squeals around bigger dogs, and doesn’t like other dogs coming too close to her too quickly.
Amo is microchipped and spayed.
If anyone has any information regarding Amo’s disappearance, please contact DogLost directly on 0844 800 3220 quoting reference number 134486.