A bulldog named Deuce went missing from his Seattle, Washington home on Oct. 5, 2013 - and his entire family, including two young children, is pleading for his safe return.
Deuce, who lives with his family in Seattle off of NW 101st St., disappeared from his yard at approximately 3:30 p.m.
"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.
"He let Deuce out to go potty about 45 minutes before I got home and the wind blew our gate open. We live in the back of a double cul de sac and he wandered out from the driveway." Despite being microchipped, the missing dog still has not returned home more than two weeks later.
Deuce has been a beloved member of the Podhola family for seven years.
"I knew the minute I saw him stumbling around over his big sisters he was going to be perfect. He was the runt of the litter and was doing everything he could not to get lost in the mix," stated Jessica Podhola.
"Deuce was my first baby. He often came to work with me. He guarded me while I was pregnant. He loved our kids (Enzo, age 3 and Mila, 19 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.
Deuce's absence is felt by every member of the Podhola family.
"I miss seeing him wave at us from the top of the stairs when we came home," she said sadly. "I miss hearing him sigh. I miss him laying his head on my foot. I even miss hearing him whine like a baby. The kids miss waking up and seeing him sleeping in their room."
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.
"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)."
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.
"He has been spotted most recently on the night of Friday, October 18th with a transient white male in his 20s or 30s. The man has a thin build and was seen along Aurora Avenue near the Viewpointe Retirement home. He was seen again on the night of Monday, October 21 at the Hillside Motel on Aurora Ave North, directly across from the Viewpointe."
Deuce is an all brindle bulldog with a white patch on his face, belly, and two front paws.
"He's small for a male English bulldog, weighing in around 58 pounds," Podholda stated. "He's extremely friendly and would go with just about anyone, especially if they offered food. He has been neutered. He's short and stocky and he only comes up to your knee."
The Podhola family created a Facebook page, Bring Deuce Home, to find their stolen dog. They have also made a YouTube video of their missing dog. In addition, the family and some volunteers have posted neon signs, handed out flyers, and done three missing dog intersection alerts. Jessica Podhola's car is also tagged with information about her stolen dog and there is a 3' x 4' banner on their house.
The Podhola family checks online and calls shelters daily to see if anyone has found their bulldog - or if they're trying to resell their stolen dog. They have also contacted local veterinarians, pet stores, and lost dog websites.
"If people want to help, we've had a huge problem keeping our signs up," Podhola stated. "They are coming down almost as fast as we can get them up. We had about 50 signs up and down Aurora from 130th to the Aurora bridge and just two days later they were all taken down except one. We had the same problem on 85th Avenue and 15th Avenue, as well."
Missing dog posters are often taken down during occurrences of theft.
Every day, the Podhola family hopes that their beloved family member will finally return home.
"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. My children were just looking at old photos of Deuce a couple of days ago in tears because they miss him so much. Our lives have essentially been on hold for the last 17 days. We wouldn't stop a search for any of our loved ones - and for us, that includes Deuce."
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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