This morning, I found a post on my facebook wall about a dog named Nacho.
He's 10, diabetic, requires medication and a special diet, has a shaved left leg from a recent operation and has been missing since 27th January.
His home is in Sydenham, Sydney which may be a long, long way away from where you're reading this. But I do believe in 6 degrees of separation and who knows who you may know, even if you're across the big pond.
The owners, Nathalie and Shaun, have created a facebook page so that they can keep friends and helpful strangers updated on Nacho sightings and what's being done to find him.
Nacho was last seen on Saturday morning, 3 long days ago, at the corner of Victoria Road and Sydenham Road.
I've read the ordeal of their last 11 days and am amazed at how much is being done to find him. This couple aren't just sticking a few posters on some lamp posts. Nacho is obviously very much loved and sorely missed. His medical condition makes it imperative that he be found quickly.
If you're reading this, please consider sharing their facebook page or otherwise contacting anyone you might know who lives, works, walks or drives through this area. It might take a few minutes, but it'll mean the world to at least 2 people and 1 dog.
Importantly, add Nathalie and Shaun's numbers to your mobile phone contacts right now! so you can call them the instant you spot Nacho.
I think you must agree, it's high time for this old boy to go home.
And while we're on the subject -
* Some very sensible thoughts on how you can keep A NEW DOG from getting lost, from a lady who has a lot of experience in helping to find them :)
* And here is a site that has a lot of interesting information, ranging from lost dog behaviour to what you should do when you find a lost/straying dog.