When Tracy Myerson received the news that her beloved dog Levi had gone missing from his dog sitter, she was in Boston, more than 4,000 km (2,500 miles) away, but she took the first flight back to her home in Vancouver, BC, to search for Levi.
Levi went missing when his dog sitter forgot to close the front door and the gate to their home on the first night that they spent together. That was on December 18, 2012 and since that day, Tracy has dedicated all of her time and energy trying to find her best friend and bring him back home.
"I have put my life on hold to search for Levi. To be honest, I could care less about my job when I can be doing productive things to try to find him. Plus I am quite severely depressed as a result of his loss, so I'm not fully capable of working", Tracy said. Tracy's business, Jett Grrl Bike Studio, is up for sale and Tracy says that since Levi went missing, she has lost 3 months of income.
Tracy has spent every single day and night for 13 weeks looking for Levi. She has also spent $10,000 to date, hiring multiple dog trackers, employing animal communicators, taking out advertisements and, with the help of volunteers, distributing over 15,000 flyers and posters. Tracy has staked out areas, left scent trails, gone door to door, called local vets and shelters repeatedly and followed up on every lead from members of the community who have reported potential sightings.
Tracy is also offering a $2,000 reward for his safe return, either by contacting Tracy directly or by dropping Levi off at the SPCA.
"Levi means everything to me ... he is a gentle innocent soul", Tracy explains, "My life without him feels really empty. I have barely eaten or slept for 3 months. I am completely exhausted on so many levels." She adds, "I am sad to the very depth of my soul. I have never experienced a pain this deep in all my life. I love Levi to bits, he is the most unique and special little guy you'll ever meet, and his loss has left me devastated. I try to stay positive, but some days all I can do is cry."
Tracy and her partner Anita adopted Levi after he was rescued from a hoarder. "When we got him he was terrified of everyone and everything, including us. By hour 3 I was totally in love with him, and I knew by day 3 I was his mom and he loved me."
Tracy is hoping that the public will help her find Levi by keeping an eye out for her distinctive Mini Australian Shepherd mix and contacting her if he is seen. Levi went missing from his dog sitter's home at Clark and 13th in Vancouver, BC on December 18, 2012, but he could be anywhere now.
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