Sunday 26 June 2016

Twink 'beyond pain' after her beloved 'Teddy' dog-napped

Published 21/09/2014 | 02:30

Twink answers her front door on Friday evening at 4.30pm in a Old Testament-like flood of tears.

"The bastards! The fucking bastards!" she shrieks. For the next two hours, the tsunami of tears rarely lets up in her Knocklyon home.

"My heart is fucking broken. Someone has taken my baby! Who would do such a thing as to be steal my baby! I feel like he has been snatched from my bosom!" she cries.

The stolen baby she is referring to is her 'beloved family dog' Teddy Bear, a Miniature Yorkshire Terrier with silver/blond colouring, and a collar and name tag with his famous owners' info on it. "He's also micro-chipped," she says as she brings us through to the kitchen. "He is very sweet and friendly and is loved by everyone he meets."

Perhaps not everyone. Teddy, who was taken here, from her home, between the hours, she believes, of 3.30pm (when her daughter Naomi - and the last in Twink's family to see Teddy - left the house in the Dublin suburb) and 6.30pm (when Twink left the house to visit a friend) last Thursday and has not been seen or heard of since.

Twink barely slept on Thursday night, crying herself to sleep when she did. To try to put her grief in perspective about losing Ted, Twink says she spoke to a girlfriend doctor of hers on Friday morning and told her: "I feel like the Michelle Pfeiffer character [who is drugged against her will by her evil husband] in What Lies Beneath - where in that terrifying moment she's in the bath and she just manages to dislodge the plug enough to drain slowly. But then you could see her mind thinking: 'Will it drain or will I have drowned first?' I feel like that. That I'm drowning before the water ends!" she says, crying her eyes out once more as we move to the living room, where hastily made posters about a reward for Ted's urgent return are spilled over the couch. For two hours Twink talks about nothing else. Lets call it The Ted Talks.

Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin
Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin
Twink's missing dog, Teddy Bear

"Teddy is so tiny. He is just a titch. It is like taking a baby out of a pram on its mother. What monsters do this? What monster would take a little creature? He has been taken from the bosom of his two families - his loving, caring, human family, and his animal family who you can see are devastated," Twink says referring to JJ McNamara, Peanut Sheridan, Rita Kelly, Mary Agnew and Rosie Kinnitty who are running around the house "with bewilderment" as she pours her heart out. "First they've lost Bertie Ahern," she says, meaning her dog not the former Taoiseach of the same name, "who died last week, and now Ted has been stolen from them and me"

"Chloe [her daughter in Los Angeles] and I were crying like two walruses on Skype last night saying we were only crying over Bertie dying and now this!"

Twink is inconsolable at the reality that she may never see little Teddy alive again. Indeed, at various points throughout the two hours I spent with her on Friday, I am hugging and consoling the star and even answering her phone for her. Twink is a great actress but this is not an act. Twink is also now a great maker of cakes, but this is no cheesecake routine.

I have never seen her so upset in my life. I ask who she thinks stole Teddy.

"That is an FBI question. I am an entertainer. I'm not a fucking detective. The options are taken for mischief, taken deliberately by Irish puppy farm criminals who have marked the dog as a full male dog with the three piece suite still intact for breeding purposes or people who seem to have a penchant for taking things that don't belong to them in general. I'm heartbroken."

Twink's agony is such that she says she has been thinking of her old friend Linda Martin - despite their Dynasty-like falling-out a few years ago - and what help she might be able to give her. "We won't ever work together again, although you should never say never, but the one common denominator since we were teenagers is animals. My father taught Linda Martin how to ride a horse. So the one common denominator we've always had through all that crap that went on is our profound love of animals," Twink says, adding that: "At this point it doesn't matter about careers or what went on; Linda is a very powerful woman in the dog world of finding and housing and rehousing and contacts and websites. I'm sure out of the love of a little dog not being mistreated or abused she would [want to help]. I admire what she has done in that field."

Will you be ringing Linda and asking her to help you.

"I won't. I'm asking through you, Barry. I'm extending a hand of animal friendship to say: 'C'mon Linda give us a dig out here.'"

Twink made a direct emotional appeal to the person or persons who took Teddy on Thursday afternoon. "Teddy is already a rescue dog from a nightmare situation on a farm and he has taken five years of love and care to make him the trusting little man that he is. He shouldn't have to be out through this but because of his trusting good nature he has. He has become my baby. Please help me return Teddy to this heartbroken family," she says adding that there is a reward if found - "no questions asked".

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