Returned soldier desperate to find best mate
A RETURNED soldier and his family have pleaded for the public to help find a best mate.
When Isaac Adams came home after serving in Afghanistan, no one was more excited to see him walk through the door than his English Staffordshire terrier, Kai.
On rare Skype chats with the family, Kai would be front and centre and the loyal pup started to pine for his owner at night.
The pair was reunited when Isaac returned late last year, but they have been separated again on more devastating terms.
While staying at Isaac's parents' house in Ningi in late June, Kai bolted when distracted by a hare on his walk and has not been seen since.
Despite letterbox drops of at least 350 brochures, appeals on Facebook, putting up posters and constantly checking the local pounds, neither Isaac nor his mother Sophia can find Kai.
"Kai was happy enough with us looking after him temporarily in Ningi, but I felt Kai was always looking out for Isaac's return," Sophia said.
"The bond between my son and his dog is indescribable and really very special."
After the search was fruitless, the family now believes Kai initially became lost and was found and taken by someone.
"My son is distraught and inconsolable," Sophia said.
"The two of them would go fishing together or, if Isaac would go to the gym, he would wait outside for him."
Kai has been a comfort for Isaac as he works through the transition from service to civilian life.
"The war in Afghanistan exposed my son to situations and atrocities that fortunately most people living in Australia would never have to witness," Sophia said.
"As a result, I believe, Isaac's return from service has not been an easy transition. As Isaac's mother I feel the young man who left to serve his country is not the same fun-loving social young man that has returned.
"I hope that the return of Kai will help to restore my son's faith in human kindness and goodness and that the social person he was will re-emerge."
If you find Kai, contact 0407738986 or take him to the local vet surgery at Lear Jet Dr, Caboolture or the local RSPCA, where Kai is registered as lost.
Have you seen Kai?
Male English Staffordshire terrier
Four years old, microchipped
Black with white chest and around the collar area and two front paws are like "white socks"
May be wearing silver chain