Sapphire – A missing piece of their pawzle

Some of you might remember the excitement that surrounds having a new puppy in the house and especially those first walkies, trying to teach your new addition how to navigate new people, place and smells.

12-week-old Sapphire, a German Shepherd cross King Shepherd was no exception; she couldn’t wait to get her lead on and head out with owner Chloe on the 3rd March 2019.

Knowing that Sapphire could only manage to do short distances at her young age and needing to visit her Granddad’s market stall, Chloe headed up to Hanley Market in Bucknall, Staffordshire. 

Sapphire was more than happy to enjoy some of the new sights and smells and thoroughly enjoyed the walk. After a short walk around the market, the weather began to change and Sapphire was clearly tired so Chloe carried her to the car, which was situated a couple of metres from the side of her Granddad’s stall and popped her in. She walked back to the stall to grab her drink and say goodbye and in those few minutes Sapphire had been taken.

Chloe says “For the past three weeks since Sapphire was stolen I haven’t eaten or slept properly. I am absolutely petrified to think where she might be and what might be happening to her. Nothing feels right anymore, our lives have been turned upside down and it’s completely broken me. I can’t imagine another day going by without Sapphire being back with us, where she belongs.”

Stolen Dog Sapphire
Sapphire was stolen from a car when just 12-weeks old

“She is the sweetest, loving little girl who loves being fussed and I worry that whoever has her now, isn’t giving her the love and attention all puppies need.”

“It truly is a gut-wrenching feeling, not knowing where she is”

Chloe has tried everything she can to try and find Sapphire. She put up posters, turned to social media and the local newspapers to raise awareness. She’s also reported Sapphire’s theft to Staffordshire Police who now have her listed as stolen and Chloe has obtained a Crime Reference Number.

Appealing directly to anyone who has any information on Sapphire’s theft, Chloe says “Please if you or somebody you know has Sapphire please, please, please take her to the nearest police station and just say you’ve found her I won’t ask any question I just need my baby home. You don’t understand the heartache this is causing, not just only me but my whole family. Please bring Sapphire back where she belongs. There is a substantial cash finder’s fee for the safe return of Sapphire.”

Chloe also knows that Sapphire might have now been sold on to an unsuspecting family or person, who thought they were buying a new puppy from the true owner. She is appealing to anyone that has recently bought a dog that looks similar to Sapphire in the past 3 weeks, to take it to a vets and ask for it to be scanned as Sapphire is microchipped and would be easily identified from that.

“I know that there might be a family out there that may have acquired our Sapphire, with all the best intentions and I know that I am asking a lot, given they might already be attached to her but I would ask them to walk a day in my shoes and how would they feel.”

“Sapphire would likely need veterinary treatment in the course of her life, even if it’s just for her annual vaccinations and would likely be scanned at that point. Her microchip is registered to me and has been marked as stolen”

“I can’t believe how much my life changed in a matter of minutes but someone out there knows where Sapphire is and they have the ability to put our lives back together. We need them to do the right thing”

If you have any information relating to Sapphire’s theft or you know where she is, please contact DogLost directly on 0844 800 3220. There’s a substantial finder’s fee available for Sapphire’s safe return to her family.

Obie – A missing piece of their pawzle

2-year-old Weimaraner Obie lives with his mum Lyndi, dad Darren, his three best friends Oscar, Evie and Archie who are 11, 10 and 7 and the family’s other dog Stewie in Bosham in West Sussex. 

Stolen Obie with Oscar, Evie and Archie
Obie with his best friends Oscar, Evie and Archie

The family, who are currently building a new home live in a static caravan on the grounds of the new build so while Darren is working on the new house, Obie normally had free reign to wander the grounds as he never really leaves his mum or dad’s side.

On 11th December 2018, Lyndi an Aeronautical Operations Controller for the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopters had just finished a nightshift so was sleeping in the caravan with their other dog Stewie. 

Darren let Obie out to have a run around with him whilst he was working on the house; something that they had done numerous times before however at about 10:30am Darren went back to the caravan, as he couldn’t find Obie and presumed that he had gone back to bed. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. Obie never wandered and never went far without Stewieso the couple knew that there was something wrong immediately.

The driveway to the house leads to a country lane, NewellsLane, and it is believed that for some reason, Obie must have made his way to the top of the drive when Darren wasn’tlooking and it is believed that this is where he was picked up. Obie is an extremely friendly and trusting dog and the family confirm that he would have unfortunately jumped in anyone’s car.

The family searched for weeks, taking Stewie out with them but there have been no sightings of their handsome boy and they are truly bereft without him.

The couple’s children have been especially affected by Obie’sdisappearance as they’ve grown up with Obie and they are desperately missing him. They don’t understand why an adult would steal their very best friend – in fact their youngest was convinced that Santa was going to bring him back.

Initially, it was very difficult for Lyndi to get the local policeto register Obie as stolen. They stated that there was no proof he had been taken as there was no CCTV footage. 

However, there had been no reported accidents involving a dog, the Highways Agency and Network Rail also confirmed that there had been no fatalities and given the search took place very soon after Obie was last seen they eventually agreed that it was a highly likely Obie had become another horrendous statistic of dog theft. 

“Our lives have changed since the 11th December, every daywe desperately hope to hear news; it’s on our minds constantly. It’s a horrendous feeling; worrying about him, Where is he? Who is he with? Is he being looked after properly? Is he missing us? Does he think we’ve abandoned him? It’s like living in a permanent nightmare.  

I spend every spare second I can trawling adverts, dog lost sites, dog found sites, rescue centres etc and those images haunt me too.  

I would like to plead with anybody, if they think they know anything at all to please, please get in touch; there is a substantial reward for his safe return or information leading to his safe return”

Obie has a very distinct black mark on the pupil of his right eye; he is microchipped and was wearing a collar on the day he went missing.

If anyone has any information relating to Obie’s case or knows where he is, please do contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220, quoting dog ID 138042

Rio – A missing piece of their pawzle

Rio, a handsome English Pointer was six years old when he was presumed stolen whilst out for a walk with his other doggie friends during a holiday in Norfolk. The family regularly visit Winteron-on-Sea as it’s very dog friendly and there are lots of long walks in the area. On Sunday 25th March 2018, the family did their usual walk with nothing out of the ordinary happening. As they got back to the carpark, all the dogs went off on their usual final run together over the dunes – but Rio didn’t return.

In the first couple of days, Rio’s owners thought that he had somehow been separated from the other dogs and got lost so the family followed proved and tested ways of trying to entice Rio out of hiding – cooking sausages and leaving unwashed clothes at their last spot together but sadly, this didn’t work.

Missing Dog Rio

Following extensive foot and drone searches plus a large local poster campaign it was soon apparent that something more sinister might have happened to Rio.

Given how well trodden the area is, the family is confident that Rio didn’t have an accident on that day and die of his injuries, especially given his size and the extent of the searching; they feel there is a much better chance that Rio was spotted and picked up either as a direct theft or that someone presumed he was a stray and kept him – theft by finding.

What makes this story even more heart-breaking is that Rio had had an extremely horrible start to life, but he had finally found a family to love him and then he was gone.

Rio is a Spanish rescue dog and came from a hunting background. He was discarded because he is frightened of loud noises like gunshots.  There were many other signs of abuse when the family took him in; burns on his rump, presumed to be cigarette burns and he ducked if a hand was lifted to stroke him. 

Lynda, Rio’s mum said “If you raised your voice he would sink to the floor in submission but he’d made tremendous strides with his family and was becoming a happy dog.  

He always loved other dogs but was fearful of people, men especially but with lots of interaction with kind gentle, men he was learning to trust again.  

Rio is a gentle soul and never growled and the family only heard him bark occasionally. Pointers are often referred to as “Velcro” dogs and he certainly was”

Lyn also says “He is my dog, but everyone loved him.  It has been very hard and in the first few weeks, I hardly ate or slept.  Many tears have been shed, prayers said and sometimes I feel so low I don’t know what to do with myself.   

There are moments of hope when my spirits rise, but there are great lows too. I just can’t stop thinking about him, and where he is and what he might be doing. 

It has been one of the hardest times in my life   I suppose the not knowing is the hardest thing, I can’t grieve properly because there is always that little hope he will turn up one day. 

Heartbreaking doesn’t come near, life will never be the same again. My whole world was turned upside down and the sinking feeling that every dog owner knows, when their dog goes missing just has never gone away”

Rio is microchipped and neutered and has very distinctive “two dot” markings on his head. 

If you have any information on Rio, please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 127089

Ellie – A missing piece of their pawzle

Anyone who has a Cocker Spaniel will testify to how loyal they are and 3-year-old Ellie was no exception. She loved her family, loved going for long walks and playing with her dog pals but she especially liked going to work with dad Iain, something she was lucky to do regularly.

On Friday 19th October 2018, Ellie had spent the day in a garden in Towcaster, opposite the race course in Northampton whilst Iain was working there. Ellie very rarely left his side so this was a very normal day for them both.

Ellie and Iain loved spending time together

At home time, Iain popped Ellie in his van and went back for his tools and in 15 short minutes it took for him to pack up and return, someone had stolen Ellie from the Renault van and the family’s nightmare began.

Ellie’s heartbroken mum relives the day she was told Ellie had been stolen “Ellie’s disappearance has made me feel numb. It has affected me massively and the pain still isn’t getting any better. 

Ellie’s bowls are still in the same place they were on the day of her disappearance, her dog bed still lies in the same place with her favourite toy on top. I am keeping them exactly where they are in hope that we will be reunited one day”

Northamptonshire Police were made aware of Ellie’s theft immediately after she was taken and any potential leads that the family have received have been forwarded onto them to investigate. The Northamptonshire Police have also made other police forces aware.

The family have also ensured their local community are aware of Ellie’s case and have printed hundreds of posters, which have been distributed as far as possible, including to all local vets and Ellie’s microchip has been updated to reflect she has been stolen.

Ellie also has a Facebook page dedicated to her. The family hope that one share could be the potential link that will bring their beloved Ellie back home where she belongs 

Sadly, even though Ellie has had national press coverage it still hasn’t resulted in anyone coming forward to end the families heartache.

When asked what he would say to anyone who knows what happened to Ellie back in October, Iain says “If you have any information that may help us in the search for Ellie, I urge you to please come forward and help us.

And if you have Ellie, please do the right thing and hand Ellie back to us. She has a loving home where she is missed hugely”

The response the family has already had regarding Ellie’s disappearance has been overwhelming and has made the awful time that little bit easier but they still need their little girl home.

Ellie is microchipped so it will be easy to identify her, she was wearing a black collar with pink trim on the day she was stolen and her tag noted she was microchipped on one side and had her surname plus a contact telephone number on the other.

Ellie celebrated her 3rd birthday recently and without her family, so please help DogLost bring her home so she can celebrate her next birthday with the people that love her most in the world.

If you have any information relating to Ellie’s theft or you know where she is, please contact DogLostdirectly on 0844 800 3220, quoting dog ID 135821. There is a large reward for Ellie’s safe return to her family.

Amo – A missing piece of their pawzle

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.

Bibby with Amo the puppy

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.

Amo enjoying walkies

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.

Amo loved to go everywhere with Bibby

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 very gentle and can be extremely nervous around people she doesn’t know

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.

When volunteering takes over!

When I started looking for a volunteering opportunity, I knew it would have to be with animals but having recently become a mum to a human (opposed to my ‘first born’ Monty the Cockapoo) and working full time, I knew that it would likely need to be something that I could do from home – until my daughter is a little older.

We all have our favourite causes; whether that’s a cause that has touched us personally or something that has impacted a family member or friend. For me, it’s always been about the animals, ever since I was little – my great grandma was convinced I was going to be a vet – so it was the first place I looked when deciding who to approach.

DogLost offered the chance for me to put my intermediate PR background to good use and help one of my favourite animals.

I don’t really have a lot of spare time (who does these days?) so it was important that I found somewhere that I could do what I could but not feel overwhelmed and take on too much….. well that was my mantra initially but what I have learnt in these past six months is, if you are passionate about a cause and you really want to make a difference, you will get sucked into the volunteering ‘black hole’ – a place that seems to rid you of the ability to say “no”

DogLost posters for the Odeon Awareness campaign

I no longer casually swipe through Twitter to see what’s happening in the news or to get an update on what’s happening in one of my favourite dramas – I am now searching on hashtags for potential “ins” to help the families who are living with the daily agonising pain of a missing pet and try to give them the awareness that I feel they deserve.

My Facebook feed is very similar; full of photos of dogs and desperate family appeals for help to bring their dog home or even worse, links to selling websites where dogs are being sold for £10 or offered free to a good home (do these people know what the potential dangers out there are for these poor animals?)

For a dog-lover this can be soul-destroying and I have to admit that I have had a wobble or several and considered retreating back into my old world, where family pets are loved and curled up at their owners feet. Then I remember the families I’ve met so far and maybe if I can help just one family then it’ll all be worth it.

My main frustration is getting someone to listen and have an empathy for these stories but sadly in a world of “who wore what best” or “who is now dating who” I find myself, head on the kitchen top at home wondering what these families need to do to get even a hundredth of that exposure.

Missing and stolen dog posters on kitchen table
Missing and stolen dog posters for The Light Cinema Awareness weekend

And it’s not just my waking hours that are now filled with looking for media opportunities, I recently woke from a dream where I was pitching the idea of a TV show to Simon Cowell (okay I get that – best known for judging people, hit TV shows, being an animal lover and of course those crazy high trousers) but more bizarrely my high school English teacher and my grandma were on the panel too! I think it’s safe to say, I’m well and truly down the rabbit hole… At least I wasn’t presenting naked!

I’ve also found myself crying after exchanging emails with some of these families – especially those with young children or those that treat their dog much like I treat mine – another member of the family. So yes I am invested in these stories and yes I may be too emotionally involved but empathy is good, right? As long as I don’t lose sight of why I am doing this or the fact that I can’t just magic these families back together (if only that was the case)

So I apologise to those that I take my frustrations out on and I will try to teach myself that not everyone is going to get it, not everyone is going to share appeals and not everyone is a dog-lover.

I am going to do my best to help the ones that I can and hope beyond hope, that one day someone sees one of the articles written and recognises one of the dogs I am totally invested in and they do right thing and put these families out of their anguish and reunite them with their missing fur-family member.

And just in case you stumble across this and you have any contacts in the media, please do message me below.

Albi – A missing piece of their pawzle

Albi, a young Jack Russell cross from Whitfield, Kent may be small in size but he has left a enormous hole in his family’s life following his disappearance on 5th October 2018 whilst out on his usual walk.

Missing Terrier cross Albi

Albi, the family’s other dog and their dad Carl went out for their normal early morning walk in local fields, a walk they’d done numerous times before when out of nowhere a large German Shepherd ran at Albi, spooked him and he ran off and unfortunately only the German Shepherd returned.

That was sadly the last time Albi was seen by his owners.

Whilst there were potential sighting of Albi in the first few days, there have been no reported sightings since.

The family followed recommended scenting advice from DogLost but this didn’t result in Albi returning to the place he was last seen. They even brought in a K9 tracker and the beagle did track a scent along a coastal road and down to a disused railway line but after the bad weather the scent disappeared.

The family and police share the same belief; Albi has likely found and kept. Maybe because, after days of trying to make his own way home he looked underweight and unloved, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sharon says “I can’t describe in words the hell we are going through, we are literally broken. None of us have had a full nights sleep since that day and Albi is on my mind 24/7. I’ve slept downstairs near the front door, just in case he finds his way back to us and scratches on the door. Our lives are on permanent hold – we’ve held off on our house exchange and cancelled holidays as all we want is him home. Nothing else matters.”

Describing Albi, Sharon says “He’s an energetic and extremely loving little boy who loves long walks and running around with his ‘brother’ in the fields. At 9pm he’s ready for a sleep and will climb on me for a cuddle and falls asleep, snoring loudly. I miss him following me to the bathroom and sitting on my feet while I brush my teeth or seeing his wet nose pressed up against the shower screen, waiting for me to get out.”

Albi is a loving little boy who needs to be home with his mum, Sharon

To the person that may have Albi or knows what happened to him, the message is clear. “If you have him, don’t think we don’t love him because we do, don’t think he is unwanted because that’s absolutely not the case. Please do the right thing and end our suffering, bring him home, take him to any vets, call the dog warden or DogLost – whatever it takes to bring him back to me or if you know what happened to him, please tell us as the not knowing is excruciating”

Albi is microchipped and neutered so he can’t be used for breeding.

  • Albi’s breed: Terrier cross Poodle
  • Albi’s sex: Male
  • Date Albi went missing: 5th October 2018
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Neutered/Spayed: Yes
  • Wearing ID/Collar: Yes

Albi’s Facebook page can be found here

If anyone has any information on Albi, then please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 135260