Over 2000 join search for Gim­ley

Heart­bro­ken fam­ily’s dog plea

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

Over 2000 peo­ple have joined the search to find a dog miss­ing from its Ruther­glen home.

Adorable eleven-year-old Bor­der Col­lie, Gim­ley, van­ished dur­ing his evening walk in the Kingspark/ Bankhead area at around 8pm on Tues­day, Septem­ber 8.

Dy­lan Stack ( 18), eldest son of own­ers Lisa and John, thought it safe to let Gim­ley off the lead when no other dogs were around. Play­ful Gim­ley, whom dot­ing Dy­lan con­sid­ers to be his own, headed into bushes – and has not been seen since.

The de­ves­tated fam­ily, of King­sheath Av­enue, launched an ex­ten­sive search for their loyal pet, whom they’ve had since he was a puppy.

Gim­ley was a part of the fam­ily when Dy­lan’s broth­ers, Sean ( 11) and Evan (6) were born – and they too are heart bro­ken.

They have printed no fewer than 600 fly­ers, and posters are pinned around Ruther­glen and sur­round­ing towns while 2042 peo­ple have joined a Face­book group ded­i­cated to the search.

Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Lisa (36), and her fam­ily and friends have con­tacted po­lice sta­tions and an­i­mal res­cue cen­tres ev­ery day since Gim­ley dis­ap­peared, and have even vis­ited lo­cal col­leges.

They have scoured streets and open ar­eas ev­ery morn­ing and evening, call­ing Gim­ley’s name. And a band of lo­cal school­child­ren have joined in the search.

So­cial media brings up fresh leads ev­ery day – some of which have led to five other miss­ing dogs be­ing re­united with their own­ers in and around the Glas­gow area.

“Gim­ley is a friendly, well-be­haved, obe­di­ent dog, whose three hu­man broth­ers are miss­ing him ter­ri­bly. He has a great char­ac­ter and is very lov­ing. He gets so ex­cited when he sees you,” said a tear­ful Lisa, who ad­mits she broke down in Glas­gow city cen­tre while fol­low­ing up a po­ten­tial sight­ing.

“He loves when we go camp­ing and walk­ing. On one hike up Ben Ne­vis he de­cided he did not want to walk up any more and his dad had to carry him all the way down!

“The kids in the com­mu­nity are amaz­ing – they are all out look­ing for Gim­ley. They are so car­ing. I am hop­ing that he has wan­dered too far and sim­ply be­come lost. I just hope that some­body is go­ing to find him, whether it is me, a stranger or a van driver.”

Nor­mally well groomed, Lisa fears that af­ter this length of time, Gim­ley may be ruf­fled and thin.

“He is a lovely dog for some­one to have. If some­body has Gim­ley, maybe they do not re­alise that he has a lov­ing fam­ily that so want him home and are look­ing for him. His broth­ers miss him and his mum and dad miss him too. If some­one does have him, I thank them for feed­ing and tak­ing care of him.”

When he van­ished, Gim­ley was wear­ing a grey and white cam­ou­flage col­lar. He has four white ‘socks’ and, un­usu­ally for a Col­lie, has brown eyes and dis­tinc­tive brown eye­brows.

Lisa says the whole fam­ily have been touched by so­cial media posts. On Face­book, Kath­leen Maxwell wrote: “Wish we had a magic wand, Gim­ley... you WILL be home soon.”

Claire Gil­fil­lan posted: “I hope he is back with his lov­ing fam­ily soon, think­ing of use.”

And Chris­tine French said: “Oh god wish he could be found. What a beau­ti­ful boy.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should post on face­book. com/ groups/ helpfind­g­im­ley/

Miss­ing Gim­ley has been miss­ing from his Ruther­glen home since Septem­ber 8

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