Plea goes out to help bring Big Dog home
THE first dog fostered by a carer for the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone has gone missing.
The group has put out a plea for everyone to help in bringing Big Dog home.
Big Dog arrived at the home of carer Toni Morrison on the Gladstone Show holiday in 2010.
Originally known as Kane, he was the family's first foster dog for the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone.
"He was found foraging through the bin of the local school and he was malnourished and neglected," Ms Morrison said.
"He had pressure points on his body from sitting on a hard concrete floor for a long time.
"The hair on his ears was falling out, his coat was dull and his tail had been damaged.
"I remember my partner and I sitting on our deck with a supply of cotton buds and a bowl of warm water and just wiping this boy's ears to remove the hair."
Kane's tail had to be partially docked by the vet because it was too damaged.
"We knew we had fallen in love with the big guy and made the decision to adopt him," Ms Morrison said.
"He suited our family as he was loyal, loving and happy as well as friendly to every dog he met.
"We continued to foster other dogs for the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone and he welcomed every new foster dog with open paws.
"He absolutely loves the car and water. He could easily spend hours playing in and around water.
"He'd spend many nights sitting in the shed by my partner's side."
Big Dog went missing on the night of Friday, March 13.
Ms Morrison said the family had searched surrounding bushland, handed out hundreds of flyers and posters, called the council and vet surgeries, posted numerous Facebook posts, sent out emails and posted him as lost on the pound page.
"We know Big Dog is out there somewhere and we miss him terribly," she said.
"My partner and I are both heartbroken. We want nothing more than for Big Dog to come home where he belongs.
"We are extremely thankful for the community's help in bumping posts and keeping an eye out while we have been out searching.
"We know Big Dog is out there somewhere."
Anyone with information can phone Ms Morrison at any time on 0431 266 688.