Volunteers scoured the area around Summit Vacation & Resort near Canyon Lake today looking for ‘Biggie,’ a 115-pound white, shaggy therapy dog who escaped from his new home Oct. 25.
The missing dog is half Great Pyrenees, half Komondor with curly white hair and a long white tail that looks like an ostrich plume. He’s described as extremely friendly but is young, skittish and probably terrified, says Seguin resident Amber Stubbs-Aydell, who owns Biggie’s parents and donated him for a very low fee to help a woman who suffers from epileptic seizures.
She’s a rescuer who has saved at least 1,000 animals over the years. It’s common practice for rescue groups to flag animals that would make good police or therapy dogs.
Over the last eight days, Biggie’s been spotted traipsing around the area by both residents and security cameras. He looks muddy and bedraggled. An attempt to lure him into a traveling kennel he’d once slept in failed. Biggie’s father was even brought to the scene to mark the area with urine. It rained.
Drones, tips from professional trackers, psychic visions shared by ‘intuitives,’ and multiple foot searches by Canyon Lake animal rescuers all have failed to locate Biggie.
“We know he’s up there,” Stubbs-Aydell said. “It’s just a matter of time finding him. We’ve put out a $1,000 reward. It’s going to take a community to get him back…I’m sure he’s been through a traumatic event. From a dog that’s been sleeping in my bed every night to all of a sudden running through the mountains, that’s kind of crazy.”
Biggie is a very good boy. Just two days after his arrival in The Summit, he alerted his new owner to a seizure. He was not fully trained, Stubbs-Aydell said, because epilepsy experts recommended that his new family use video training to complete the process.
Training by experts costs between $15,000 to $30,000.
Stubbs-Aydell said Biggie’s new owners seemed to be diligent. They worked with her to secure a fence, windows and doors. The family learned how to block doors with their bodies so Biggie couldn’t get around them and run off before he acclimated to his new environment.
Somehow, the dog still escaped.
“I guess they didn’t follow the directions,” she said through tears.
Biggie will never leave her sight again if he’s found.
The shaggy dog is the offspring of a Great Pyrenees Stubbs-Aydell rescued off the street and a Komondor gifted by a friend. Both breeds are considered to be diligent herding and guard dogs, traits that make them ideal as therapy animals.
Stubbs-Aydell said she suffers from anxiety. As her own therapy dog neared retirement — larger breeds do not live as long as smaller dogs — she started looking around for a replacement.
A decision was made to breed her Komondor, who had never been neutered due to his inability to tolerate anesthesia, with her beloved Pyr.
The result is Biggie, is one of the six puppies born 20 months ago.
If you see this dog, please call 830-401-9984.