A DISTRAUGHT dog lover has launched a desperate appeal for the return of the family dog he described as vital to his sick partner’s health.
Mike Jaques said beloved Staffie Cersie-Pig acted like an assistance dog for his partner, mum of one Hannah Holden, who has seizures daily.
Cersie-Pig went missing from the couple’s garden in Rawmarsh two weeks ago and has still not been found, despite a social media appeal shared by thousands.
“We are devastated at having lost her,” said dad-of-two Mike.
“I’ve trained the dog to be like an assistance dog and she follows Hannah around and helps when she has her seizures.
“It is extra stress for Hannah, too, so it’s like a vicious circle. It’s had a huge effect on her health.”
Mike (31) said the three-year-old dog, whom he and Hannah (25) adopted from a rescue centre, could sense when his partner was about to have an epileptic-like fit and would “stick like glue” to her.
If she falls to the ground, Cersie-Pig nuzzles her to try to get a response, he said.
“If Hannah doesn’t respond, the dog will begin barking and raise the alarm,” Mike added.
“She is also vital in her recovery, as petting and stroking Cersie-Pig helps Hannah to focus on something and calms her down.”
Mike, who has a five-month-old daughter called Martha with Hannah, said the dog escaped over the Bank Holiday Weekend on May 27.
He believed the garden gate at their home in Brameld Road had been left open briefly, just before a thunderstorm stuck, which Mike believes would have scared the dog.
He added: “We have looked everywhere and tried everything, even ringing the dog wardens every day, but with no luck.
“The Facebook appeal has been shared more than 6,500 times, too.
“I’m not giving up - I want to do everything I can to find her.”
Cersie-Pig, who is microchipped, is white with a black brindle patch on one eye and ear.
She also has a patch on her back above her hips which is an almost perfect circle and a smaller circle-like patch on the back of her neck.
Anyone who may have spotted her should contact Mike and Hannah through the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Cersiepig/
You can also call them on 07545 854743 or 07792 188069.