Over 2000 join search for Gimley
Heartbroken family’s dog plea
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