In my fourth collaboration with DogLost, to help spread the stories of missing/stolen dogs we find out more about stolen Robin, a Portuguese Podengo. All the DogLost appeals featured are heartfelt and serious stories from the families of the missing dogs.
I can only imagine what every family is going through when their dog goes missing. By helping to raise awareness of each dog, you never know who may see the story and jog something in their memory. My dream is that it might help bring the dogs home because if one of my dogs went missing, I would hope that people would do the same for me.
Stolen Robin ~ October 2018, Grand Union Canal
Handsome Robin, was living what most people would view as an idyllic life, with his owner (or mum as Ana likes to be referred to) on a wide beam boat. Spending last spring and summer in Harefield, Rickmansworth, Croxley and Watford.
Knee-high Robin, who is neutered and microchipped, loved to spend his time out on the canal watching from the window, looking for where his new adventure would take him.
The Day He Was Stolen
On the 8th October 2018, Ana moored her boat and took Robin for a walk along the Grand Union Canal. Robin had excellent recall and never went too far when off lead but, on this day, Robin disappeared out of sight and when Ana called for him he didn’t return and her nightmare began.
She spent the next 12 weeks desperately searching for her beloved “soul mate” following up on several potential sightings but sadly none of these paid off. Ana believes that Robin was stolen on that day, as she extensively searched the area within minutes of noticing he was out of sight and had an army of volunteers on site looking for him over the next 24 hours.
There were also no signs that he’d fallen into the canal.
Ana now knows that he’s very unlikely to be in the area and has turned to social media and the local press to raise awareness for Robin as she knows, if someone did pick him up, he could be anywhere in the country now.
Appealing directly to anyone who has Robin or may know what happened to him Ana says “Robin is deeply missed by our entire family, he is very much-loved and we just want him home safely. If anyone spots a dog looking like Robin, please try to get a photo as he has very unique markings and get in touch immediately.”
“The last six months have been truly horrendous and with time passing it hasn’t gotten any easier.
Robin is out there and all this time has been filled with absent walks, reunion dreams that don’t come true and forgetting for a split second when cooking and turning to give Robin his favourite bit of chicken or salmon.
I miss Robin every moment of every day.”
What To Do When You Find A Dog
Whilst it is a legal requirement to report a found, straying dog to the local dog warden or your local police, DogLost do fear that most people don’t know of this legal obligation. People assume that a lost dog, that might look dirty and underweight because it’s been missing a few weeks, is unloved or abused.
Please don’t assume that this is the case. If you come across a wandering dog, as we know that stolen dogs can be heartlessly and casually abandoned, by calling the dog warden or indeed taking the dog to any local vet, you could be part of a call that puts a heartbroken family back together again.
Robin’s DogLost Profile
If anyone has any information on Robin, then please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 135356.
Robin’s DogLost Profile ~ click here
Robin’s Facebook Page ~ click here
DogLost Social Media
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Thank you to Rachel at The PawPost for connecting me with DogLost, so that I can help in the search for missing/stolen dogs.
Read about other DogLost Appeals here:
- Stolen Rio, English Pointer ~ March 2018
- Stolen Obie, Weimaraner ~ December 2018
- Stolen Ellie, Cocker Spaniel ~ October 2018