A 7-year-old Parker County girl wrote to Santa that she only wants one thing this Christmas -- the return of her pet puppy.
"I know it will work,” she said.
A week ago, Brooke Botello’s mother said she saw a man in a pickup truck snatch Rosita, her 6-month-old English bulldog, from the street in front of the family's home.
“That makes me feel really sad,” Brooke said. "She was like a new-born puppy. She was that cute.”
Life isn’t the same without her four-legged playmate, Brooke said.
"It's really different without her,” she said. "I used to play tag with her. She used to chase me around."
With Christmas so soon, Brooke knew just what to do. Sitting in the back seat of the family’s car after unsuccessfully checking a shelter for Rosita, Brooke put pen to paper.
"I said, 'Dear Santa, (what) I really want for Christmas is for Rosita to come home. So please try your best, Santa. I believe you. So please bring her back. Please. Love, Brooke."
Brooke’s grandmother, Marjorie King, said she doesn’t know what to tell her.
"She's convinced Santa is going to bring Rosita back to her,” King said.
"The reindeer will track it,” Brooke said. “They have good noses.”
"The toys she wanted, she doesn't want any more,” her grandmother said. "How do you prepare a child that more than likely, your dog is not coming back?"
She said she doesn't have the heart to tell her there are some gifts even Santa can't provide.
Brooke’s family filed a police report, but there is little information to investigate. Her mother only had a general description of a white pickup truck and didn’t get a good look at the driver.
"Santa is a good person, so he'll try his best,” Brooke said. “I know he will."