By Sharmila Dhal
Dubai: A blind dog that went missing from a Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) villa created quite a stir in Dubai last week as animal lovers mounted a massive search, making SOS calls, frantic appeals on online forums and the radio. Nadine Cottman, a British resident in JVT’s District 81, told XPRESS that Cornflake, her golden/white Saluki mix, squeezed himself out of their villa gate on the morning of January 14 when she was out.
“I got a call from home saying he was missing. We were petrified because he cannot see. His tear ducts do not produce fluid and he is on treatment for quite some time for his eye condition.”
SOS sent out
She alerted friends and animal lovers and within no time the SOS message was out on the websites of most animal groups.
“Urgent. This blind dog got scared and ran off. Please share and keep an eye out,” said a message, with a picture of Cornflake accompanying it.
“We were just informed there is a dog in the middle of the road, on Al Khail, between AD and Dubai, in front of Al Khail Gate building. He looks like he might be injured. Can anyone please go to this location?! Very urgent, he will get hit by a car/cars if he is left there!!” said another.
The next few hours saw a flurry of activity, although several leads led to a dead end.
But as luck would have it, a resident spotted him on Al Khail Road and took him to her house. “The next morning, we got news from our community online forum that a dog looking like Cornflake had been picked up. The dog was indeed our Cornflake. His sight may have failed him but he must have relied on his other senses to keep away from traffic.”