One of the worst nightmares animal lovers have is to lose our furry friends. It’s time consuming, energy consuming and hope consuming to be tracking them down but we gladly spend all of our time, energy and hope looking for them. They are part of our lives and we just couldn’t imagine acknowledging the emptiness they left when they went missing.
If on top of that they were stolen, it’s even worse because you know someone out there is putting an effort in you not finding them. Fortunately we live in the social network era and one of its advantages is that people can be united for a common cause faster and stronger than before. So many campaigns have been raised to stop animal abuse, to find missing dogs or cats and to help emaciated animals that need our help. Thanks to the pressure put by people involved in these campaigns, many of these stories have had happy endings.
This is one of the stories that need a happy ending and a couple really needs your help. Carol Ostell, 60 and her husband Alistair Ostell, 70 are living a nightmare animal lovers can understand.
In New Year’s Eve last year their two German Shepherd Husky Cross dogs, Blu and Zac, were stolen from their property in Greenhow near Patley Bridge, North Yorkshire. The couple had Blu and Zac since they were puppies more than 3 years ago.
Even though they were not microchipped, they had distinctive features. Blu has one ear permanently up and the other one down and Zac looks all white from the front and black from his back plus he has a partially pink nose. They both have health issues; Blu shows signs of asthma if he has anything around his neck and Zac has pancreatitis and needs to be on a special fat-free diet.
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Their disappearance has affected them in a very deep way. Alistair Ostell suffers from Alzheimer and shortly after the dogs were stolen, he was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma. His wife just wants to reunite Blu and Zac with her husband before he dies. Routine is very important for patients with Alzheimer and the dogs were a very important part of their routine.
Carol Ostell is doing everything she can to find their dogs but so far, she hasn’t had any luck. There is a nationwide police alert, posters all around the area, online postings and a Facebook campaign growing stronger. Hopefully all of her efforts will bring a happy ending to their story.
There are so many ways you can help them. If you live in the area, you can help by posting flyers or searching for the dogs. If you live somewhere else, you can at least like their Facebook page and share their story. You never know where the story will go to and if that will help them reunite with Blu and Zac. You may need someone else’s help one day and knowing that a bunch of strangers made a happy ending possible will restore your faith in humanity.