A West London woman has said she feels ‘permanently dazed’ and still can’t sleep properly after her medical alert dog disappeared a year ago. Karen Crawley, 52, has made another desperate plea for information on the anniversary of her cocker spaniel’s disappearance who she says ‘vanished into thin air’ in Hounslow on March 4, 2021. Since then, there have been no sightings of the nine-year -old dog, Chester.
Karen, who believes Chester was stolen, told MyLondon: “My biggest fear is that Chester is being kept in squalid conditions and used for breeding. I worry that I will never see him again or learn what happened to him. I don’t sleep well any more and the days just come and go. It feels like being permanently dazed from a punch to my heart.”
Karen, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, says she now has to take twice as many blood tests a day to avoid experiencing severe hypoglycaemic episodes without the help of Chester who taught himself how to recognize the signs of low blood sugar levels as a puppy.
She said: “I had a number of really devastating episodes in the night, where I just couldn’t move, speak, or do anything to help myself. After witnessing that, he learned to alert me when he could sense my blood sugar level was dropping rapidly by coming to sit on my feet and whining. Now I have to do eight to ten blood tests a day just to stay on top of it even though the recommended daily amount is four.”
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Karen’s mental health has also been severely affected after the disappearance of Chester. She said: “I’ve had to put his bed and bowl away. I’ve only been able to do that the other day. I didn’t want to before because it felt like giving up on him. But now after a year, I just can’t look at it anymore.
“There’s this mash of emotions where I feel really guilty, sad, and angry at myself and others. I have days where I don’t think I’ll see him again. I don’t know if he’s dead or alive so if someone has information, just tell me. Then at least I’ll know.”
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Chester, who has black, white, and tan fur, with a distinctive marking on his side in the shape of Mickey Mouse, went missing during a walk on the paths near Pevensey Road in Hanworth at around 11.15am. The spaniel turned a corner meters ahead of Karen but was gone by the time she reached the same spot seconds later and she reported Chester as missing but unfortunately she says there haven’t been any sightings.
She added: “He’s part of my family. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone back to the same place over and over again looking for him. I’ve left one of my jumpers on the floor and tried all those things they say to do. But somehow there still hasn’t not been a single sighting all this time. The hardest thing now is just staying okay.”
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