Rain­bow Dog’s cousin has turned up

The Riverine Herald - - COMMUNITY BILLBOARD -

IN A beau­ti­ful ges­ture of com­mu­nity sup­port, Echuca’s Ben Ja­cobs has gifted a rain­bow dog to 12-year-old Bindhi Ste­wart.

In an ar­ti­cle on the front page of Fri­day’s Riv, Bindhi’s mum Misty shared how she was des­per­ately search­ing for her daugh­ter’s miss­ing soft toy Rain­bow Dog.

Bindhi, who has autism, was given the toy when she was just two — and they’ve been best friends ever since.

After read­ing the ar­ti­cle, Mr Ja­cobs was so touched he de­cided he had to do some­thing.

‘‘My friend’s mum at BUPA makes these rain­bow dogs and I thought how nice — it’s not ex­actly the same of course, but I wanted to help,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve got a lit­tle girl who is also 12-years-old and read­ing the story touched my heart.

‘‘I wanted to do what I could, even if it’s some­thing small.’’

Misty Ste­wart said her daugh­ter was very ex­cited Rain­bow Dog’s cousin was com­ing to stay.

‘‘Some kids have blan­kets for com­fort, but Bindhi’s al­ways loved an­i­mals — and for her, it’s al­ways been about Rain­bow Dog,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not a toy to her, it’s her best friend, she sleeps with her, takes her ev­ery­where.

Misty said it was un­usual for Bindhi to leave Rain­bow Dog any­where — but she sus­pected the toy may have been lost at Squig­gles Play­house in Moama or Grav­ity Shack in Echuca, where Bindhi at­tended par­ties a month ago.

‘‘I’m hop­ing an­other child saw Rain­bow and liked her, so there’s a chance the toy can still come back to us,’’ Misty said. ‘‘Bindhi’s con­stantly ask­ing where Rain­bow is.

If any­one has in­for­ma­tion on Rain­bow Dog, they should con­tact Misty on her Face­book page (un­der Misty Ste­wart). Char­mayne Al­li­son

WARM GIFT: Misty, Bindhi and Tsarnie Ste­wart with Rain­bow Dog’s cousin, a thought­ful gift which was pro­vided by Ben Ja­cobs (above).

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