HAVING dodged the potential as being served up as dinner in their homeland of Vietnam, beloved family pet dogs George and Loulou have gone missing in leafy Hampton in Arden, just a few weeks after coming to the UK.
Linda Smith and her husband Nigel lived in Vietnam for many years.
While they were in Vietnam they bought George and Loulou who became their beloved family pets for the last three years – a far cry from the life many Vietnamese dogs experience as most are either badly treated or used as meat.
In fact the official name of the breed George and Loulou are crossed with is the Vietnamese meat dog.
The family moved back to the UK last month and have been staying with family in Hampton in Arden while they wait for their new house to be ready.
This meant the dogs had to stay in kennels for a few weeks – and it was during a walk with kennel staff on Sunday, August 3 they broke free from their leads during a walk in Hampton and have not been seen since.
The family have been in touch with the local dog warden, Highways Agency, local vets, local dog walkers, put up reward posters and used social media to try and track down their beloved dogs.
They even hired specialist tracker dogs to try and locate them to no avail.
And now they are appealing to Observer readers for any information, no matter how small, which may help them track the dogs down.
“The not knowing what happened to them is devastating,” said Linda.
“We are worried something bad must have happened to them or they have been stolen because they are very lively dogs who wouldn’t go unnoticed if they were in an area.
“We just hope somebody can help us at least find out what has happened to our beloved family pets – our boys, Sonny and Frank (nine and six) are missing them desperately.”
If you have any information about the dogs the number to call is 07960959475.
You can also e-mail: FindGeorgeAndLoulou@gmail.com.
There is a £1,000 reward for their return.