Someone had ripped my heart out’: Woman slept in car for weeks trying to find beloved dog
A dog owner whose beloved pooch vanished almost 10 years ago will never give up the hope of a reunion.
Yvonne Handley, of Kings Norton, Birmingham, spent weeks sleeping in her car in search of Louie the Yorkshire Terrier, who went missing back in September 2012.
The dog reportedly took off after a neighbour, and despite a group of footballers attempting to catch him, they were unsuccessful.
Despite several sightings of Louie around the time of his escape, the dog – who was four years old – hasn’t been seen since, reports Birmingham Live .
But Yvonne and her family are still hopeful they will see their four-legged family member again some day.
Yvonne heartbreakingly recalled how she and her family lived in their car for weeks in the Cradley Heath area of the city in a bid to try to track down their beloved pet.
“It felt like someone had ripped my heart out. Louie was everything to me and we did everything together. That dog was like my grandchild,” she said.
“I was in a suit and heels and I just ran and I never went home at all that night. I don’t think I went home for weeks, I lived in my car.
“We were camping out in the freezing cold in Cradley Heath after a potential sighting.
“I wanted to hand my notice in at work but I went on sick leave, even when I went back to work I was still going out to potential sightings. I’ve always wondered if I was looking in the wrong direction though.
“There has never been another sighting and we have even used scent dogs when I had a feeling about an area and they both stopped in the same place.”
Yvonne says the family used to get their hopes up whenever a potential sighting arose.
However, after numerous let-downs they have built up a barrier to only get excited if there is a positive markings match. She claims the family have also been subjected to sick hoaxes.
“You have this hope and then the next moment you just fall apart. We had this one hoax call and my daughter answered. They told her they had found Louie dead in the road and it made her sick.
“Every time a dog comes home we are so delighted for the dog and the owners but we can’t seem to get anywhere with our own dog. It’s like we are constantly grieving but there’s no closure.
“When someone dies you are able to live with it but with this you can’t deal with it.