A brave toddler who has endured a series of operations for a rare heart condition is desperate to be reunited with her ‘best friend’ - a West Highland terrier called Sybil.
Next month three-year-old Lucy Rayner from Rushton, near Tarporley, will undergo her third heart operation at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, after having already been diagnosed with a rare heart defect and an artificial valve placed in her heart.
She has endured open heart surgery and dozens of hospital visits during her three years but last week her pain took on new bounds when her beloved white West Highland terrier Sybil suddenly disappeared from Oxheys Farm in Rushton on October 7 near to the family home.
Described by Lucy's mum Catherine as her daughter's 'shadow' who follows the toddler around everywhere, two-year-old Sybil even drops Lucy off at pre-school and is always waiting to collect her afterwards.
The two spend countless hours playing and cuddling together, so the dog's uncharacteristic disappearance has left Lucy in complete despair.
Catherine said: “The two never went anywhere without each other-they are just best friends.
“Despite our best efforts with leaflet dropping, posters, emails and Facebook updates, we haven't had any further sightings of Sybil. We're having sleepless nights and are at our wits end because the longer she is missing the harder it is for Lucy.
“Sybil has never been missing before and would always come back if she did go down to the farm. It is really out of character for her, she doesn't go hunting or chase rabbits so we can't understand where she has gone.
“We've searched the three farms surrounding our home and have had some volunteers from Doglost.co.uk to help search but so far there has been nothing.
“We are appealing to anyone who has any information at all about Sybil.
“Tomorrow (Friday) will be Lucy's fourth birthday and it will be very difficult to celebrate without Sybil. Then having the operation, scheduled for November 14, without knowing what's happened to her best friend makes everything worse
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