HARRY the border collie is like a child to Kyle and Kylie Belshaw.
They had left Harry at Kyle’s parents’ house in Delacombe on June 15 to go to the hospital when the dog disappeared.
The couple have been searching for their missing dog since then.
“It has been a terrible week. We’ve just been worried sick,” Mr Belshaw said.
“He’ll be quite scared, just trying to find his way home.”
They took on the dog when he was only one week old, a puppy from Kyle’s brother’s litter.
“We’ve raised as Harry as if he was our child.
“He sleeps in our room in his bed at the foot of our bed. We can’t have children, so our pets are like our children to us.”
The pair have another dog, 12, and a couple of cats.
“Our other dog is missing him a lot. She’s moping around the house.”
Mr Belshaw said most of their time was dedicated to trying to bring Harry home.
He works in Melbourne, lives in Ballan, but travels to Ballarat each night to search.
“We’ve been searching every day for him. We made flyers and posted on lost and found pages on Facebook.”
They are now operating their own Facebook page, Help Harry come home.
“We left him there (at Delacombe) while we were visiting my brother in hospital who had been in a motorcycle accident the week before.
“He (Harry) must’ve been missing us and jumped the fence to find us or his way home.
“He’d only been to mum’s house a few times and doesn’t know the area well.”
Mr Belshaw said he would be devastated and absolutely gutted if they were unable to find him.
“We’re just hoping for the best and that he finds his way home,” he said. “If anyone finds him, if they could please give myself or Kylie a call.”
CONTACT: Kyle on 0407 849 166
FACEBOOK PAGE: facebook.com/helpharryhome