A CALL to arms has gone out for a beloved pet whose owner is serving his country in one of the world's most terrifying places.
Hope is fading fast for Angus the Irish wolfhound, who escaped his family's Bororen property recently.
Angus' owner cannot be identified due to the classified nature of his posting.
And the soldier's mum, Ann Ferris, said she desperately hoped Angus would turn up before her son came home.
Ms Ferris said her biggest fear was that he might be under the control of a pig hunter.
"Whoever got him might not look after him as well as we did," she said. "My son had become very attached to him.
"He was a very likeable dog, not a hunter by any means. We searched the property and couldn't find footprints or anything..
The longer it is that we don't hear anything, it looks like the possibility he's died is more real.
"We might not find him, and that's very upsetting to think I'll have to tell my son that."
Ms Ferris was devastated to discover the hound missing when she returned after an overnight trip to Brisbane.
She said the dog was "a bit of an escapologist".
"He'd scratched a hole near the gate, broke some wires and got out," he said. "He'd always come back for a meal, because he loves food," she said.
The family hung posters, contacted neighbours and registered Angus as missing with the Townsville council, where he lived with his owner.
He is microchipped, but no news has been received from the National Pet Register.
They searched their grazing property and even looked for tracks.
She said hope for Angus' return was fading and appealed to the public to come forward with information.
He is very large, has a light red and yellow coat and has not been desexed.
He has no tags on his collar and is very friendly. A reward is offered for his return.