Minety pupils' poster campaign to help teacher find lost dog
SCHOOLCHILDREN at Minety have been helping their heartbroken teacher try to track down her missing dog.
The youngsters in Gaynor Grayson’s class met her young Jack Russell Esme when she was a puppy.
This week after the dog went missing while on a walk near her home in Brokenborough eight days ago, they decided to help in the search by making posters.
She said: “I am so sad and it is hard to not cry when my class of 24 six and seven year olds are making me 'Find Esme' posters! Bless them, it took me so by surprise.”
Back at home Esme’s brother Ned is pining for her.
Gaynor and husband Chris have spent all their spare time hunting for the dog, putting up posters and making appeals on social networking sites. They have got up before the dawn and carried on searching after dark.
Esme, who has a full tail, has not been seen since she ran off after a bird and refused to answer the whistle. The gamekeeper on the nearby estate has been helping with the search by checking his pheasant pens and known badger sets for signs of disturbance.
Normally walked in a harness, she was not wearing a collar because it had been chewed off by Ned.
“I just think she is out there and maybe someone has seen her.”
At one point she thought Esme had been found when a similar dog was discovered wandering around Parklands in Malmesbury. But it was a male and was quickly reunited with its owner.
As the Standard went to press the dog had not been located and Gaynor was worried that she could have been picked up and fallen into the wrong hands.
She has contacted Malmesbury Police, local vets and Dog Lost.
A SECOND family is also searching for their dog which disappeared from Brinkworth on Thursday. Billy the black Labrador went missing from a smallholding at Causeway End.
Described as very affectionate, Billy is known for looking after other animals. He has a white mark on his chest and was wearing a red collar.
Anyone with information about either animal can contact Malmesbury Police on 101 or Dog Lost online at doglost.co.uk or by calling 0844 800 3220.