Heart­bro­ken cou­ple search for their beloved spaniels

The Oban Times - - News -

A FAM­ILY has trekked the length of the West High­land Way in search of its beloved hunt­ing dogs, thought to have been stolen from their Glas­gow gar­den.

The fam­ily of Sir Archibald and Lady Ed­mon­stone, own­ers of his­toric Dun­treath castle in Glas­gow, be­lieve that the two and a half-year- old cocker spaniels may have been nabbed as the grouse shoot­ing sea­son be­gan last Wed­nes­day.

The cou­ple’s son, Dru Ed­mon­stone and part­ner, Moira Gray, are own­ers of the twin sis­ter dogs, Gwen and Katie. Dru Ed­mon­stone, a lyri­cist and writer, was asleep at home on the Dun­treath castle es­tate when they went miss­ing around 1am on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 12.

Air host­ess, Moira Gray said: ‘Dru writes a lot at night, so he was asleep in the bed­room while the dogs were in the gar­den.

‘ We are sur­rounded by fields and there is noth­ing around for miles. We don’t even have col­lars for them be­cause of where we live. They come and go as they please through a lit­tle dog flap.’

The cou­ple were hop­ing that the friendly ca­nines had wan­dered off with some walk­ers, but that is look­ing un­likely.

The cou­ple ended their jour­ney north in Fort Wil­liam where they put up a large post- er of the cocker spaniels at Glen Ne­vis camp site.

Moira said: ‘The pair are worth around £ 5,000, but to us they are just fam­ily pets.

‘Our ba­bies. On the day they went miss­ing there were road clo­sures, so the traf­fic to our area was in­creased and we hope that they haven’t been picked up to be sold on for the shoot­ing sea­son.’

The cou­ple are of­fer­ing a re­ward for their pets’ safe re­turn.

Dru said: ‘ We are dev­as­tated. We just want them home.

‘It is like some­one has taken our chil­dren.’

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of the an­i­mals they should call Dru on 07718660730.

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Moira Gray and Dru Ed­mon­stone with their eight-year- old cocker

spaniel, Ivy

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