A DESPERATE Mansfield mum is appealing for help to find family dog Sadie.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bought by Jane Boddey as a comfort to her three sons, who suffer from a range of disabilities.
Jane (39) said four-year-old bitch Sadie, who is slightly smaller than average for the breed and only has three front teeth, went missing from the family home on The Rodery on Friday 14th October between 8.30-9pm.
The mother-of-three suspects the family pet may have got out when one of her sons opened the door to go out.
She said: “She has been a big part of my sons’ lives and helps in so many ways. I will do anything to get her back. If you said ‘jump off that bridge’ I would do it to get her back for the children.”
Jane said she bought Sadie in 2008 to calm her son, George (17), who was getting over Lymphoma cancer and suffered from learning disabilities including Autism.
Mum Jane got the little dog when she was 10 months old as a friend said pets could be therapeutic for children like George, who became aggressive and angry towards others after his cancer treatment.
She said: “She was perfect - she never barked or damaged anything. Within a couple of months George’s behaviour changed and he became calmer. He really loved her and they spent a lot of time together. He loved brushing and bathing her too.”
Jane’s other son Ely (7) was diagnosed with Asperger and Tourette syndromes aged three and was calmed by the dog. She said: “When he was having a bad time I would say go and brush Sadie and he would. That was a routine where I could get him to calm down.
“I cannot get Ely to understand why she is not coming back. It is just heart-breaking.”
Jane said Sadie has no identification tag as her collar was too big and she had not managed to replace it.
She is offering a £100 reward for information leading to the dog’s safe return.
If you think you can help phone Jane on 01623 625358, 07970 255351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.