Tinley Park family seeks missing dog
By Donna vickroy email@example.com March 12, 2014 8:19PM
Milo. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 14, 2014 11:15AM
For two weeks, Kelly Ryan has been searching for her beloved dog, Milo.
“My-My,” as she often calls him, escaped from the family’s Tinley Park home Feb. 25 while the Ryans were on vacation.
Ryan’s brother was looking in on Milo and his two canine companions when the 11-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei broke from character and bolted out the door. Her brother grabbed the dog by the collar, but Milo wiggled through and was gone.
For two desperate days, her brother and her parents searched in and around the Brementowne subdivision near 167th Street and Oak Park Avenue. When the Ryans returned Feb. 27, they joined the search.
They’re still searching.
“He’s my baby, he’s not just a dog,” Ryan said.
About seven years ago, Milo stayed by her side while she recovered from two brain surgeries and various other medical procedures, she said.
“He never left my side. If I moved from one end of the couch to the other, he stood right there until I adjusted, then he put his head on me for a while and then lay on the floor right by me,” she said.
Milo’s known his share of trauma, too. He was hit by a car when he was just 2. And once he was bitten viciously by another dog.
He survived those terrors, but as the days pass, Ryan and her husband, Joe, wonder how long his luck can hold out. Milo, who weighs 55 pounds, is losing his hearing and does not have a microchip.
“But he’s so loving, he acts like a 5-pound lap dog,” she said.
Ryan has posted his picture on fliers as well as on the websites lostdogsofillinois.org and findfido.com. Milo also has an Instagram (#BringMilohome) account.
Ryan has checked with local animal control offices as well as shelters. She visits the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge daily to scan the rooms full of seized dogs because the population is constantly changing.
She’s hoping that someone found him, thought he was abandoned and took him in. She also hopes that if that’s the case, the finder gives him back.
Meanwhile, Ryan wants to hear from others who have lost and found pets. What methods worked? Is there something she’s not thinking of?
“I’ve never lost a dog before,” she said. “This is devastating.”
The Ryans have had Milo since he was 6 weeks old. That’s most of 13-year-old daughter Halie’s life and all of 8-year-old daughter Heather’s. He’s never spent a night outside.
“I’m so worried about him being out in this terrible weather,” Ryan said.
Milo is mostly tan with a touch of gray. If you see him, or have seen him, please call Kelly Ryan at (708) 491-6768.