In my my short time volunteering for DogLost, no family appeal has haunted me more than Sham’s. Caroline, Sham’s mama has an eloquence I could only wish for and her “letter to whoever has Sham” is a soul bearing testament to how much she loves her.
Sham lived with her family in Radcliffe, Manchester and was central to the family. She was always there for Caroline through her pregnancy, loving nothing more than sitting on her tummy and eating apple and was also the reason why her son laughed for the first time.
Sadly, 14 happy years together was brought to a painful and abrupt end when Sham managed to escape through the front door of her home on 3rd June 2017 after a visitor called to see the family.
They searched the area extensively for Sham but she was never found, she was never reported as found to the local dog warden and there were no dog-related traffic accidents reported – it’s like she walked out of the door that day and disappeared.
The family know that time isn’t on Sham’s side and if she is still alive, she’ll be a very old lady now, so if by some complete miracle you are reading this and know where Sham is or what happened to her, on behalf of the family I plead with you to get in touch. It’s only fair after the years of happiness and laughter she brought to her family, Sham is returned to her family in her golden years or the family are given some closure.
Sham’s breed: Jack Russell Terrier
Sham’s sex: Female
Date Sham went missing: 3rd June 2017
Wearing ID/Collar: Yes
Distinguishing Marks: Sham was sadly deaf and partially sighted when she went missing
There’s always that one dog, that one case that draws a person to DogLost and Izzy, an apricot Cockapoo is mine.
The day I heard about Izzy, I was working for a pet related Charity as their PR and Social Media Manager and I took a call from a lady called Dawn who wanted to try and raise the profile of her missing dog, Izzy. I promised, as we were local, to add her story to our social media platforms in the hope someone had found Izzy and didn’t realise that her family were out looking for her.
There was something in Dawn’s voice that day – fear mixed with what seemed like sheer panic.
Sadly nearly four years later, Izzy is still missing.
This is what we know of the day she went missing….
Izzy’s home in Radcliffe, Manchester was being renovated and sadly, a person working on the renovation left the front door open and Izzy escaped.
There have been no confirmed sightings since that day but her family have never given up and whilst the physical search has stopped, the online and social search continues – someone out there must have Izzy or at the very worst, know what happened to her.
Izzy’s breed: Cockapoo
Izzy’s sex: Female
Date Izzy went missing: 16th February 2015
Wearing ID/Collar: Yes a pink one
Distinguishing Marks: Izzy has a light brown, almost pink nose
If you know what happened to Izzy on the day she went missing, please do let her family know or maybe you acquired a Cockapoo that looks like Izzy back in early 2015 and you think it might be her, you can easily check by having her scanned for a microchip.
I finally decided to give it a whirl following months of working with national organisation DogLost – a volunteer group of people who work to raise the profile of missing and stolen dogs and hopefully bring them home to their families.
I’ve had dogs all my life and in my adult years been a dog mama to rescue pup Roxie, who sadly passed a way in 2016 at grand old age of 15 and now to Monty (born 2013) and Busby (born 2018)
Working with DogLost and the families of missing or stolen dogs has been an emotional rollercoaster; no matter how much I sympathise with them, I will never truly understand the pain that they feel every day.
This blog is dedicated to those families still missing their piece of the pawzle and will attempt to raise their profile and tell their stories. I also hope to share some reunited stories with you, share hints and tips on keeping dogs safe and discuss the need for stronger punishment for anyone who steals a dog.
So please read on, share if you want to but if not, please just keep your eyes peeled for these missing dogs – we need to bring them home!