Willow isn’t coming home

With heavy hearts we all go to bed tonight, knowing that Willow won’t be coming home.  

When we came home from a busy day, Mummy read on Facebook that Willow’s body had been found.

It was not the news we wanted to read.  It was not the ending we had hoped for.  There is only one small bit of comfort – that Willow has been reunited with her Mummy and Daddy.
10255988_311227385742375_6913266095754228728_oWillow was “lost” more likely stolen on the 30th September, 2014. There has been an outpouring of help and support for her owners.  Rewards were posted and many hopeful postings.  But today we heard the sad, sad news.  We cannot imagine why anyone would have done what they did.  It is just too sad.

RIP Willow. Your Mummy and Daddy did everything they could to find you. You touched so many lives. We prayed and we hoped. You are definitely in a better place where there is only love, freedom and no one to ever hurt you again.

10697187_805430139499996_3090197766610741420_oMay’s comment:  We send our deepest condolences to Hayley and Ross. You did everything you possibly could.

Willow’s decomposed body was left to be found where people walk past – not under bushes, not hidden somewhere.  After the vets checked over the body, it showed a few inconsistencies that did not add up.  It’s been almost two months since she was last seen by her dog walkers.  Her nails were clean and her paws did not look like she had been traversing the earth.  They could tell from her tail that it was a cockapoo. But they could not determine the gender as the body was pretty much decomposed – and therefore could not check for the microchip. Her collar and tag were also removed.

There were no sightings of Willow at all in the two months. In other words, Willow did not get lost and starved to death along a path that people walk past.  It seems a great likelihood that she was stolen/kidnapped/taken. And it seems that the body was placed there so the owners would find the body and put an end to their search for Willow.

Maybe the search for Willow was getting too hot to handle.

Why did they do it? What did they do to Willow? We have no answers. But someone out there knows what happened.

It’s pointless to harbour negative thoughts, but even as we have to let go of our hopes of Willow coming home alive, we hope that whoever took Willow, whoever harmed her will never rest in peace for what they have done.

Nothing can justify such a cruel act.  She belonged to someone, she was much loved and she was a life.


  1. angela thompson

    So so sorry to hear about willow. Heartbreaking. But now at rest and peace with you .rip.willow you were truly loved and missed. Xx

    • Jo

      I know it’s too late for Willow, but (having had a dog stolen in the past) I now have the words “Spayed and Chipped” engraved on my dog’s name tag”. Jo x

  2. Sharon Copsey

    Too sad, makes me cry. Such a beautiful dog. :((((

  3. Julie

    So, so sorry for your loss, I cannot begin to imagine how this feels. I am sure you are in turmoil over what she went through, what happened and what might have been. My hope for you is that you know Willow can no longer be hurt, and is free from all suffering. RIP Willow and I pray that you will find the peace and strength you need to recover from this awful situation. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Judith Vogel

    How awful. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved Willow.
    Judy Vogel

  5. Elaine

    I can not comprehend what has happened to willow. Why did she run off when it was so out of character? Why did no one come forward with any information? We all know that someone out there must of known something so what kind of person harbours a secret like that and has no concience?
    I didn’t ever believe it would be a good outcome but I nevertheless was shocked and absolutely sobbed when I heard. I hugged my cockapoo Ted so tight and he licked my tears as he always does when I’m upset. It made me cry even more to watch him because anyone that’s ever owned a cockapoo will tell you they are the most loving,amusing and adorable little dogs.
    What happened to willow has made me rethink the way I will be doing things. I will be too scared to let Ted off the lead from now on,I know this may seem dramatic but last wk he was chased by another dog who was trying to attack him and he ran out of the park gates. Luckily he waited there but in that few minutes it took me to get there he could of been gone.
    This is the reality,we live in a world where owning a dog is a constant worry. If you walk in the park your dog could be attacked by a dog that is off lead and whose owner will walk away without a care in the world leaving you with a huge vet bill or worse.
    You could take your eye off your dog for a second and it could be snatched. I can’t even bear to think about the reasons these people want our beloved pets.
    If I’m being dramatic or silly then so be it,the way I look at it Ted has a garden and can have long walks on his lead at least then he will have half a chance. It’s a sad situation but it’s happening all the time. I can’t take that chance because like willow,s mummy and daddy I love him so much. I know I would struggle to come to terms with what’s happened to willow and I don’t know if they ever will.but I hope now willow has been found they will find some peace in knowing that she is in a better place.
    My heart goes out to them it truly does.
    Please when we give our little fur babies a cuddle next spare a thought for Hayley and Ross and thank your lucky stars that you can still can.
    I know I am just one of thousands who will never forget willow. She has left paw prints on all our hearts. R I P beautiful girl xx

  6. anya

    I read this message walking home from town, was very upset when I heard about poor willow. We now knw that Willow will be with her mummy and daddy and the rest of her family, friends and the great community that helped search for willow. Who ever did this to poor willow I would like you to think why did you do it and what made you want to harm such a lovely calm soul. we will be saying our prayers for you before bedtime. Christmas will not be the same for her family but one thing they will remember is Williow will never leave their hearts

    R.I.P sweetpea xxx

    Anya & Bentley

  7. Linda Beeston

    My heart sank when I read the news, it truly hurts us all. I don’t want to imagine your pain and I wish you didn’t have to suffer. But Willow is ok, and she is with Gods Angels. This I know. I also know she will always be with you, you may start to feel her presence now. Trust that she is ok, and happy, lots of love, from someone who has messages and sightings from my departed animals.

  8. Tracey holt

    omg reading these posts I can’t post for tears x I love my dogs just as much the thought of anyone ever harming them!!! I’m so so so sorry for them about willow may they take comfort that they have found her! Small consolation I know and we can only imagine what she has been through!!! Let’s not imagine!! My heart is hurting for you both x x x

  9. Mary DiGenova

    So sorry to hear Simply heartbrakng on so many levels!! I love my cockapoo so much that both he and I feel badly at hearing this news <3

  10. Shirley Campbell

    I’m so sorry to hear that Willow is no longer with you. It is truly heartbreaking to think anyone could harm one of God’s precious creatures. May poor Willow rest in peace. I really feel for the family of Willow. My daughter and I lost a total of 3 dogs to a heartless perpetrator a year ago… It’s just so unfair!

    • Cathy Hutchison

      I’m So So SORRY. I did not know. I guess this will be a hard Christmas for you and your daughter too. I pray that OUR LOVING LORD will fill your hearts with HIS LOVE AND PEACE. GOD BLESS YOU.

  11. My thoughts are with you such a beautiful girl! People who hurt animals don’t deserve to live! Willow had a loving home and loving people to care for her she didn’t deserve for this to happen to her! Run free Willow your story has took a huge chunk out of my hart and your mummy loved you a lot! Run free xXx

  12. Mark

    Speechless. There’s scum out there unfortunately. RIP Willow. Xxx

  13. Bev

    Heart breaking news. So sorry to learn of this :-(.

    The Rainbow Bridge

    inspired by a Norse legend

    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

    Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

    Where the friends of man and woman do run,

    When their time on earth is over and done.

    For here, between this world and the next,

    Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

    On this golden land, they wait and they play,

    Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

    For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

    Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

    They romp through the grass, without even a care,

    Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

    All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

    Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

    For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

    Together again, both person and pet.

    So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

    The time of their parting is over at last.

    The sadness they felt while they were apart,

    Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

    They embrace with a love that will last forever,

    And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

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  14. Sarah cox

    so so sorry for your loss.
    May willow rest in eternal peace now and join our other fur kids over the bridge x

  15. Oh my goodness having seen and shared your loss of Willow, I have been greatly saddened by this message this morning, she and your family didnot need this heartbreaking news. You have such lovely memories of her, but greatly overshadowed by the evil person who took her from you, someone out there knows who this is just do the decent thing and name them, or regret it for the rest of your life……

  16. So very sorry this is heartbreaking how anyone could do this is beyond me r.i.p beautiful girl run free sending love and hugs to her mummy and daddy xx

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. When I lost my Jake I know in my heart he will be waiting for me when I go to heaven. I dont ever want to loose my Sonny it is devastating to me to even think about it. My heart is crying for your loss. Love to you all.

  18. There are no words to say for this level of hate and sickness. It hurts my heart that anyone could hurt a loving and helpless animal. I am so sorry – this is a pain you will endure for a long time – at least you have closure and know she is safe and in His hands. People suck

  19. Maggie

    I feel so angry that someone could have hurt that lovely cockerpoo. Why? it is incomprehensible. My thoughts are with Willow’s mummy and daddy. I am crying as I write this, but my pain will be nothing like their pain. rest assured that Willow will be with you, even though you can’t see that beautiful girl.xx

  20. janice

    So sad to hear your news, rip willow, xx

  21. Andrea Marino

    Brokenhearted by the news…Prayers for all!

  22. Dawn Baxter

    Nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said. So sorry. The words to Paul McCartney song, bend little willow, keeps going through my head thinking of her. Rip little willow xx from the Baxter family xx

  23. Jennifer McLaughlin

    So sorry for your loss, R.I.P. darling willow …. run free with the other fur babies xxxxxxxxx

  24. Jacqui Williams

    So terribly sorry to read this tragic story. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. 🙁
    I believe in Karma, these monsters will get theres…! God Bless you both. xx

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