HUNDREDS of people have become involved in a countywide hunt for a north Northumberland family’s beloved dog.
On the Gazette website last Thursday, we reported that Lulu, a 14-month-old cockerpoo belonging to the Clarks, had gone missing from the family home in Lucker at 8.30am on Thursday, December 29.
The search for Lulu has since gone viral with a Twitter campaign, taken up by BBC presenter Claire Balding among others, and a Facebook group, Help Find Lulu, with over 750 members.
This has brought her disappearance to the attention of dog shelters, charites and websites nationwide as well as local businesses and individuals.
Claire Clark said she can’t believe all the support they have received.
“All the messages and people putting posters up, it’s been absolutely brilliant,” she said. “Hopefully, it’s going to get Lulu’s face out and about and hopefully we will get her back.”
The puppy was a Christmas present in 2010 for eight-year-old Nell who was recently diagnosed with diabetes and had returned from hospital the day before Lulu went missing after undergoing a biopsy for coeliac disease.
“It’s just another thing for her to have to put up with and get through,” said Claire.
But Nell and 11-year-old brother Max have been holding up well in the main.
“It was kind of exciting at the start because they were thinking she would come back later that day or the next day and they were enjoying looking on Facebook at Lulu’s ‘friends’,” said Claire.
“They haven’t been sat around in tears the whole time, they have had their moments, but they have been coming out on searches and things like that.”
Lulu was out in the back garden with the family’s older dog when she went missing, but had only been unattended for a few minutes, leading Claire to fear she was snatched.
“It was about five minutes tops that she was left unattended.
“My husband Steve went out and started shouting and then he got my daughter and I and we were all shouting for her.
“Occasionally, she goes up the track towards the caravan park but never very far and she would have come back when we started shouting.”
There was a possible sighting last Thursday night in Duns, Scottish Borders, and another on Sunday afternoon at Cocklawburn Beach near Scremerston but both came to nothing.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact Claire or Steve on 01668 219806.
l Check out the Northumberland Gazette website, Facebook page and Twitter feed (@alnwickgazette) for updates.