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Family frantic over missing nervous pet

PUBLISHED: 14:22 05 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

A CLAYDON family is frantic with worry over their missing pet - a rare pill-popping pooch that desperately needs Valium to control frayed nerves over the firework season.

A CLAYDON family is frantic with worry over their missing pet – a rare pill-popping pooch that desperately needs Valium to control frayed nerves over the firework season.

Tonight is the official Guy Fawkes Night when many households will be holding firework spectaculars. But Christina Taylor, the 80-year-old owner of Teddy, a rare Tibetan spaniel, fears the whizzbangs will put her beloved pet into a spin without his medication.

"She's absolutely distraught," said her daughter-in-law Sue Taylor. "No one knows where he is. Every Bonfire Night when fireworks go off, he becomes so frightened that we give him a Valium to steady his nerves. And now he's somewhere out there all alone."

The beige-coloured dog, whose tail distinctively curls back over his body, was last seen in the garden of their Hazel Rise home in Claydon Heights at around 6.30pm last Thursday.

"I put him out in the garden and five minutes later he was gone, " said Mrs Taylor, 42. "A couple of fireworks went off and we've never seen him since."

She suspects the startling noises may have sent 10-year-old Teddy bolting for a patch of fenced-off wooded land next to the home she shares with BT worker husband Eric and his mum, Mrs Taylor. But he is nowhere to be seen – and the dog-loving Taylors can't understand it.

Nor can the dogs he's left behind, Tibetan spaniel Rocky, Tibetan cross Rulu and Kiri, a Lassa.

"He's never gone missing before and our the other dogs have gone all quiet since he's gone."

Mrs Taylor stressed that, although Teddy is a rare breed, he is "not worth stealing".

"He's no good for showing because his inner eyelids poke out and he just hasn't got the temperament."

If you have seen Teddy, please call Mrs Taylor on 832990 or the Star newsdesk on 01473 282257.

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