A pet detective has joined the hunt for a missing puppy whose disappearance has caused heartbreak for three young children.
FAERS are growing for pup Pixie, whose was only placed with her new family at the beginning of the month.
Little Noah Nelson (4), who has autism, has been crying since she ran away last Sunday, said his mother Elaine.
A pet detective has joined the search and now a dog charity has offered a cash reward for Pixie's safe return.
Pixie may have been trying to find her way from Tallaght to her old foster home in Mountmellick, Co Laois.
This is the second time Pixie has found herself in danger.
As a tiny puppy, she was found with an abandoned litter of eight pups on a riverbank in Abbeyleix last May and cared for by volunteers from the Cara Rescue Dogs group.
She joined the Nelson family in Belgard Heights a week ago after rehoming efforts by the Co Laois animal charity.
Cara volunteer Lorna Dunne told the Herald: "Pixie is still only a baby and is very timid and wary of strangers. We have a reward of at least €100 for her safe return to her new home. And we hired a pet detective to help."
New owner Elaine Nelson said: "The children were so delighted when Pixie arrived last Friday. Our son Noah has autism and we got her as a companion for him."
Pixie brought delight to the family and they spent an enjoyable hour last Sunday playing with Pixie on a nearby green. Around 3pm, as they arrived back to the house in Alpine Rise, Pixie suddenly ran off down the road.
The family can be contacted at 086-8841430 or email@example.com.