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Needy Boy Loses Therapy Dog

Lei Ho Lei Ho

By Stephen Florino

KALIHI (KHNL) - A little boy needs your help in finding his lost dog. And it's no ordinary pet.

Normally we don't do lost dog stories, but this one is special. Some of you have heard of service dogs.

Missy is a therapy dog. And she's the best thing that's ever happened to a medically fragile Kalihi boy.

6-year old Chance Matthews is blind in one eye, partially blind in the other.

But even he can see that something in his life is missing.

"Chance is looking under the tables, out the door, in the rooms, and in Missy's bed, and Missy's not there anymore," said Lei Ho, Chance's mom.

Missy is the family's 7-year old chihuahua mix. She's been missing since Wednesday, after Lei found the gate to the front door collapsed.

The family put up hundreds of signs across the neighborhood.

"This is not just an animal, this is not just a pet," said Ho. "She's part of our lives."

Missy joined them eight months ago and changed their lives.

Chance is also partially deaf, eats and breathes through a tube, and doesn't like to be touched because he spent the first half of his life in a hospital, constantly being poked with needles and probes.

"She's really loving and cuddling, and always wants to be cuddled and that's one of the reasons why it was such a good therapy for Chance," said Ho.

"I didn't realize it would make an effect on chance like it has."

So they're desperately hoping that Missy comes home.

"This is more than a pet anymore," said Ho. "It's my son's, part of his growing and learning."

Lei says Missy has never run away like this before. And she is worried how Chance will go on if she doesn't come home.

The family is asking that if you've seen her to contact them as soon as possible.

Lei Ho  723-1500

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