A distraught dog owner is desperate to find his 17-year-old Jack Russell who has gone missing.
Stephen Wainwright, 45, hasn’t spent a day away from pooch George since he got him in 1998, but he now fears he may never see him again.
He last saw elderly George while out for a walk in Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancs., but when he looked back, he had gone.
Stephen said: “I was used to walking ahead of him because he liked to go at his own pace.
“I just turned around and he was gone.
“I spent the next two or three hours until around 10pm searching for him but there was no sign of him.
“He was just gone. We haven’t even had sightings or anything.”
More than 40 volunteers, including dog walkers and park wardens, have rallied together in the hunt for George, but they have had little success.
“I went into the vets and put signs up in the park and I was hopeful that he would be returned to me,” said Stephen.
“Now as each day goes by I lose a little more hope.”
“It’s been on the internet and blasted across Facebook at every angle imaginable but there’s been nothing.”
Stephen bought George from a farm near Blackpool, Lancs., in 1998, when Tony Blair was Prime Minister and the Spice Girls had just released their hit single ‘Viva Forever’.
But despite him now being 86-years-old in dog years, Stephen said he refused to let his old age get in the way of having fun, and could have easily wandered off to explore on his own.
He said: “He was totally full of mischief.
“Even at 17 and a half years old he was forever getting himself into things.”
“He still had the energy to go around with us even for an hours walk.
“He made friends with everybody and didn’t have a bad bone in his body. It’s just so cruel.
“It’s not fair for him to go this way because there’s no closure. It’s like losing a child.”
George is described as a white Jack Russell with sandy-coloured patches and a full tail, with some black markings on his face.
He was wearing a black coat with a reflective stripe on it the night he went missing and he is microchipped and neutered.