A couple in Canada is so distraught about their missing dog that theyâ€™ve offered to name their firstborn child — due in about three weeks — after whoever finds her.
The couple, Dan and Sara Cannon, who live in the Ottawa area, said their 16-month-old Bernese Mountain dog Molly Jane went missing on Jan. 4 after they let her outside to go to the bathroom.
Suspecting that the pup may have been stolen by a shady local dognapper — who has been reportedly driving around town in a beatup old van looking to snatch Bernese Mountain dogs — the couple filed a police report, sent out more than 3,000 flyers offering a 0 reward and set up a Facebook page.
But on Tuesday, after a week of no word, they decided to step up their offer.
“It’s been a week, and we miss her dearly,” Sara Cannon told the Ottawa Sun. “We’re nine months pregnant, and we’re due in three weeks, so we have said that there’s a possibility that the person who safely returns her will have their name in our child’s birth certificate.”
“She’s basically our furry daughter,” Dan Cannon added.
The search has caused a stir among the Bernese Mountain dog loving community in Canada, and friends, family and strangers have rallied behind the effort.
More than 230 people have joined the Facebook group to find Molly, and posters from as far away as Newfoundland and Norway have said they are keeping an eye out for Molly Jane.
In status updates posted to the page, Cannon has been pounding the pavement every day — despite a few early contractions — knocking on doors and handing out flyers to mailmen.
In fact, she’s working so hard, her doctors warned that the stress may force her to go into labor early.
“This has taken a toll on me and my husband,” Sara Cannon told the Ottawa Citizen. “The amount of walking and driving and the stress involved might not go so well for the pregnancy, that’s why we’ve gone to this level.”
The couple said they do not know the sex of the baby, but they are willing to stray from the traditional family names they were thinking about before the pooch vanished.
“There are some strange names out there, but Mollyâ€™s that important to us so weâ€™ll consider what we have to consider,” Sara Cannon told the Sun.