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Dog owner Natalie Crawford, from Paisley, has told the Lochaber Times this week she is still hopeful of finding her missing pet, Gizmo, and that he may have travelled as far as the Fort William area after vanishing during a walk on a Loch Lomond mountain over a month ago.
Natalie has spent almost every single day searching for her Staffordshire bull terrier, after the pair got separated when clouds descended on Beinn Ime on Thursday, June 17, at around 10.30am.
Natalie has left clothes of hers in the area in case three-year-old Gizmo can recognise her scent, installed trail cameras and even contacted the local mountain rescue team which is keeping a watch when it can.
Natalie, who works for the Scottish Ambulance Service, says she will never give up looking for her beloved pet and last week put out an appeal to people in and around the Fort William area.
A crowdfunding appeal has now raised £2,300 to be given as a finder’s fee for anyone who tracks down Gizmo.
Asked if she thought Gizmo will be found, Natalie told us: ‘I am yes, although it is really difficult to remain so hopeful as time goes on. But his body has been searched and searched for and has not been found yet.
‘So until my worst nightmare comes true then yes I still think he will be found or handed back or spotted on a for sale site if someone has taken him. I won’t give up on him until I have some answers.
‘We are still searching and setting up various trail cameras and lots of hikers are still on the lookout for him- all it takes is just one sighting of him.’
Anyone with any information or possible sightings of Gizmo or who thinks they could help search for him, can call Natalie on 07903 484 385.
You can also check for updates via the Facebook page Gizmo missing Beinn Ime.