A special holiday reunion between a dog and its owners has taken a sad twist.
Talia, an 18-month-old female Golder Retriever/Cocker Spaniel cross, arrived in Winnipeg from Colombia late in the evening on Boxing Day -- only to go missing the next day.
Around 10 p.m. on Dec. 27, Talia escaped from the yard of a home in the 200 block of Glenwood Crescent after being let out to go do her business. The dog had never seen snow before and isn’t accustomed to the cold.
The family believes the dog ran out of the backyard in Elmwood across the frozen river and is somewhere in the area of St. John’s Park and Cathedral Avenue.
Carolina Villa, 11, and her mother, Lourdes, moved from Colombia to Winnipeg four months ago without their dog. They were able to afford to bring the dog to Canada with the help of generous donations by their family members.
Carolina met her special pooch at the airport.
"I was so happy, I was thinking she’s going to be really surprised with the snow and I’m going to buy all these things for her. And the next day we left her here (at Carolina’s aunt’s house) and she got a little bit nervous," said Carolina.
"Dogs, I guess they just get nervous and they just run, they don’t stop!" said Carolina’s mother, Lourdes Villa.
Talia is in good health but has six stitches on her right shoulder from a recent surgery.
She responds to Spanish commands such as "Ven aqui (come here)" or "Siéntate (sit)".
"If someone calls even at five in the morning, and says ‘I have your dog’, then I’ll say ‘Ok let’s go right now,’" said Carolina.
"I don’t care if it’s five o’clock in the morning or midnight, I just want my dog back at my house."
If you have any information about the missing dog, please call the family at (204) 430-6615, or email firstname.lastname@example.org