Pain of losing dog doesn't diminish

Today, Sept. 11, marks 37 days since our dog Digger escaped from the boarding facility in Palatine we had entrusted to watch him with our two other dogs, while our family was visiting Disneyland.

During that time, the search effort has been exhaustive, having deployed every technique and communication strategy available to find him, including hundreds of volunteers, thousands of people following on Facebook, websites, helicopters, shelters, rescues, psychics and a whole list of other approaches.

Unfortunately, we're still searching. We, like all the experts, now believe someone has him.

So to that person, please know that Digger is a core component of our family. You've probably realized this already: he loves people, he loves kids, he loves other dogs, and, he loves anything digestible. And you probably love him already, too.

We broke down again last night. This roller-coaster doesn't stop. Multiple leads and alleged sightings that don't pan out. Picture after picture that turn out not to be him.

We miss him. Our other two dogs miss him. Our children really miss him.

So here's our offer: If you return him to us, no questions asked, we will pay all expenses associated with the adoption of another loving dog from a rescue, including the first six months of food.

We know from the incredible rescue groups who have volunteered to help us find him, countless incredible dogs are just waiting for someone to adopt them.

For everyone else, thank you for your continued support, prayers, sharing and time.

Do you have a neighbor with a new dog? Have you heard barking from nearby that you don't remember hearing before? Remember that the #FindDigger Photo #Reward is still available.

We just need a picture and a location so we can focus the search. See post on the "Find Digger" community page on Facebook for details.

Todd Caponi and Family Palatine

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