A Yorkshire family holidaying in Foston this weekend were devastated to discover their much-loved cokerpoo Maggie had squeezed through a cat flap and headed straight towards the A1 on Saturday evening.
Julia Garbutt and Gary Wood were staying with friends in Chapel Lane in Foston and returned home to discover Maggie was missing.
Julia said: “The only way out of a locked house was through the cat flap; we never imagined for a minute she would be so determined to squeeze through such a tiny gap, but we’re absolutely in bits that she’s missing.
“What’s worse is that she was last seen around 6pm crossing the A1 heading towards Allington. We know that some kind passers-by called the police, but by the time they arrived there was no sign of her.
“She’s a very plucky little dog but with so much open farmland, and so many tracks which ultimately lead to the A1, we’re finding it really difficult to stay positive just now.”
The family comes from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire and, up to now, have been able to take days off work to come back down and continue searching for Maggie. But being so far away, means that they are desperate for any help they can get from any local farmers, walking groups, and residents who might be out and about and spot her.
Friends have already contacted the Highways Agency in case she has been injured on the roads but, to date, there are no reports of any dogs recovered from the major road network.
Maggie is small-sized, spayed and wears a collar with her phone number on it, as well as being microchipped.
Julia said: “Telling my children that Maggie is missing is the hardest thing I’ve had to do. They’re inconsolable as you can imagine.
“The fact that we’re so far away, and are reliant on people reporting sightings of her to help us is just making everything so much harder for us all. I’d like to appeal direct to anyone in the Foston, Allington and wider Grantham area to keep their eyes peeled, and check outbuildings and ditches for any sign of her. She’s only 12 months old and will probably be really hungry and confused by now.
“Please PLEASE help us to get her home.”
Anyone with any information or sightings is asked to call Gary on 07855 776303.