Help find missing 19yo dog, Trifle
SHE is the equavilent of 133 years old, has only three legs, is deaf and blind, suffers from epilepsy and is now missing from her loving home.
Trifle, the Australian Silky Terrier, went missing from her West Warwick home on Sunday and her devastated owner Irene Wilkins has been pounding the Rose City pavement to find her family member.
Mrs Wilkins took Trifle downstairs to the backyard about 11am to do her business as she cannot walk down the stairs on her own and left her pooch for three minutes.
When she returned, Trifle, in a pink jumper, was gone.
“I can’t see how it happened – the time is not stacking up for her to leave on her own,” her distraught owner, who has now considered the possibility Trifle was dognapped, told the Daily News.
The whole household is devastated, including the Wilkins’ cat Basil who has been “on edge” without the happy little canine around.
“She is very spoilt,” Mrs Wilkins said.
Described as a “real battler” by Warwick Town and Country Vets owner Greg Harris, who said it was “uncommon” for a dog to live to 19.
Trifle lost one of her legs while battling cancer and after amputation her owners were told she would only live another two years, which the determined Australian Silky has proven to be wrong a decade later.
Due to old age Trifle is now deaf and almost completely blind.
Mrs Wilkins has been hunting for Trifle since Sunday morning checking the street, door knocking and visiting the dog pound, Southern Downs Regional Council office, Rainbow FM and the Warwick Daily News.
“I even went to the dump and the park and checked the bins. I want her back even if she is dead,” Mrs Wilkins said.
“It is the not knowing that hurts.”
She pleaded that if someone had taken her beloved pet to please not dump her and to bring her home where she belongs.
“She will be totally confused, she is in a routine and that can’t break,” Mrs Wilkins said.
Their whole family has been traumatised by the dramatic loss of Trifle and Mrs Wilkins’ husband Stephen is missing his friend who sits with him in the shed during the day.
“We are devastated; there are not many things that make my husband cry but he did last night,” she said.
Trifle has been unlucky with illness over her life but has always pulled through and fought to stay with her family.
“There have been plenty of times we had to consider whether she should be put down and we always say no and she always pushes through. She just loves life,” Mrs Wilkins said.
“She has been on borrowed time because the vet said she would only last another two years.”
If you have seen Trifle, please contact the Daily News on 4660 1315 so she can be reunited with her family.