Mum pleads for the return of missing pet
NICOLE Carloss is hoping for the best, but fearing the worst for her purebred shar pei female breeding pup, Rishi.
Rishi disappeared just before Christmas, during a spate of burglaries and thefts near her Mothar Mountain home in Hill Rd.
In a way, she hopes the dog is stolen, rather than bitten by a snake or tick.
And if that is the case, or if she has gone wandering and got lost, Nicole is hoping someone will recognise Rishi, partly because of her unusual silver lilac colour.
And if that happens she hopes that person will be caring and honest enough to bring her back, or contact Nicole on her mobile number, 041 095 2996.
"They're a Chinese breed, usually tan or black," she said.
"She's a valuable dog, probably worth $2500," she said.
Rishi disappeared on December 19, about 8.30 to 9 in the morning," she said.
About now, Nicole begins to have trouble holding back tears.
"She was my girl," she says, "and I want her back.
"They can go wandering, but when two of them go and only one comes back, you have to wonder.
"They go wandering to the neighbours' places all the time.
"They go for a walk and a play.
"Everyone knows them. If they go to the neighbours, they're fine with it."
Police warned householders in the area to watch out for valuable property before Christmas, following a spate of thefts.
"I hope she hasn't been stolen for dog fights or something like that.
"They're not a vicious dog.
"They're loyal and lazy, they just hang around the house.
"They won't even come along when I go on a horse ride.
"They sleep with the cat and play with the kids in the sand pit. I do want her back, and so do the kids," she said.