An Angus dog owner has put up a large reward in one final plea for information on its whereabouts.
Barbara Brown placed an advert with The Courier promising £1,000 for the safe return of shih tzu Cari, which went missing in Montrose.
Despite the dog having disappeared on April 22, Ms Brown has reasons to believe Cari short for Cariad is alive and staying with another family, who may be unaware someone is searching for the dog.
Cari was also chipped under the name Shantell, given by dog breeders.
Confusion is also possible as Ms Brown stays in Newport, and had left her pet with her parents before she went on holiday to Cyprus.
Her dog slipped the lead two days before her return, never being seen again.
Ms Brown, who is deaf and has cared for Cari since a five-year breeding programme ended in July last year, said the dog is not confident around people as a result.
With a few months of gentle handling and retraining, the dog was starting to gain confidence after having been subject to a very restrictive dog breeding environment in Wales.
Ms Brown said: ”She is the mother of my other shih tzu Millie, and from day one was a lovely-natured little dog.
”For a good few months to start with Cari required gentle handling and retraining to become confident and comfortable around people.”
When Ms Brown’s long-term relationship ended in January, her three dogs became even more important to her.
She has spoken to vets and dog groomers along the coast, from Aberdeenshire to West Lothian, but has now taken the step of offering a sizeable reward.
Recalling the day Cari went missing, she said: ”My mother was out for the evening and my father, forgetting about Cari, left the front door open while he emptied the bins.
”Cari slipped out without her collar and has not been seen since. This is my final attempt and this time there is a reward of £1,000 to the person who comes forward with information leading to a happy reunion with Cari.”