Redwood City Family Wants Stolen Puppy "Gus" Back

The dog was supposed to have been a training companion for the couple's daughter, who has special needs.

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    Nena Montgomery and Michael Edson want their 11-year-old puppy, "Gus," back. He was stolen from their Redwood City home. George Kiriyama reports. (Published Thursday, Nov 15, 2012)

    There's nothing more in the world that Nena Montgomery and Michael Edson would like then to get their 11-week old puppy, Gus.

    The 12-pound German Short Hair Pointer mix has been missing since Monday when thieves broke into the couple's Redwood City home in the 200 block of West Oakwood Boulevard. Gus was apparently dognapped.

    "I was sobbing," Montgomery said as she sat in her dining room. "I was hysterical. I didn't trust myself to think straight".

    In an interview Wednesday evening, Montgomery said she had come home from work Monday afternoon and saw that her front gate was wide open. The burglars had entered the home through a back bedroom door. Montgomery says the crooks ransacked her bedroom, stealing electronics and jewelry. Her two other dogs, Jackson and Boone. were still in the home, but little Gus was gone.

    "The loss is our loss," Edson said. "Gus is really a special little guy. And it meant a lot to our family. So we're hoping that he will be able to come back."

     Gus was about to undergo training to be a companion for the couple's 20-year-old daughter Kate. She has special needs and the two have already created a strong bond.

    "They [the burglars] didn't know our situation," Edson said. "They don't know about Gus being close to or bonding with a special needs daughter and just the importance of him to us."

    The couple and their neighbors have canvassed the area, knocking on doors and passing out fliers. They plan on going to Woodside High school on Thursday morning to see if students have seen Gus.

    This is the third dog-napping during a burglary in the Bay Area in the past month. In early October, a 10-year-old San Jose girl was reunited with her dog, Meeko.
     
    This Redwood City family is hoping for the same happy ending.

    "There's no way to replace Gus," Edson said. "You can't replace Gus. Only Gus replaces Gus."