A beloved family dog named "Deuce" is still missing three months after his mysterious disappearance from his Seattle home - and the reward for his safe return has been increased to $2500. The family just wants Deuce back safe and sound - no questions asked.
Deuce the bulldog has been missing since Oct. 5, 2013. The Podhola family, including two young children, continue to search tirelessly for their missing family member. But the family has found hope with another recent missing dog story.
Dallas-Fort Worth CBS News reported that North Texas man was recently reunited with his missing dog named Hoss. His English Bulldog had been missing for four months
Jerome Palomo's English Bulldog, Hoss was stolen by a petsitter who he had trusted. The petsitter confessed that she sold Hoss because she needed the money.
For months, Palomo used the web and Facebook to try to find his missing dog - just as the Podhola family is doing. And just like Palomo, the Podhola family is turning up the heat and beginning to get more leads in their missing dog case.
Deuce's family is pleading for his safe return even as hundreds of "missing" posters continue to be removed by unknown persons around the Seattle area.
The Podhola family also made a YouTube video of their missing dog.
Deuce, who lives with his family in Seattle off of NW 101st St., disappeared from his yard at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.
"I was away for the afternoon volunteering at a preschool fundraiser and my husband was at home with the kids," explained Deuce's guardian, Jessica Podhola.
Deuce has been a beloved member of the Podhola family for seven years. The sweet bulldog has lovingly watched over the Podhola children and his absence is felt every minute of every day.
"Deuce was my first baby," stated Jessica Podhola.
"He often came to work with me. He guarded me while I was pregnant. He loved our kids (Enzo, age 3 and Mila, 22 months), and he especially enjoyed hugs and cuddles from Mila. And more importantly, he loved their leftovers and crumb trails. He would do anything for food - any food," Podhola recalled.
Have you seen this missing dog? There's a $2500 reward for his safe return - no questions asked.
Podhola added: "He's not just a dog. He's not just a pet. He's part of our family."
The Podhola family has worked diligently to ensure that their missing dog comes home - but despite the diligent work of the family and several volunteers, their "missing" posters continue to go missing themselves.
Missing dog posters are often taken down during occurrences of theft. Because he is microchipped and motivated to stay close to home, the Podhola family believes that this is a stolen dog case - and there have only been a few promising leads.
"Deuce is microchipped and we've been checking with all of the shelters in the area," Podhola explained.
"He's not the type to wander off or stray far from home, especially around feeding time. In addition, it would be very unlikely he could make it out of the cul de sac as the streets surrounding our townhouse are extremely busy (100th Ave NW and Holman/3rd in Crown Hill)."
Three months later, this stolen dog case looks to be growing cold - but the Podhola family won't give up on Deuce.
"He's small for a male English bulldog, weighing in around 58 pounds," Podholda stated.
Podhola added: "If he returned, it would mean the world to us. We've lost a member of our family. He's so much more than just a pet; he was an integral part of our daily lives."
Do you have any information about this missing dog? If so, please contact Jessica Podhola at 206 351 5304.
Updates to this missing dog story will be posted as they occur.
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