Veteran searching for therapy dog lost in Campbell River area

The search is on for Adam Bartsch’s dog.

Bailey – a purebred French Bulldog – has been missing from her home just north of Campbell River since Nov. 9, when she was out for a walk with her owner.

The pair were walking back towards Bartsch’s truck on a gravel road about one kilometre south of the Brown’s Bay turnoff near Ripple Rock when Bailey bolted towards a heard of elk.

Despite a frantic search for more than six hours, Bailey could not be found.

For the Canadian Forces army veteran, Bailey is much more than just a pet.

For the 15-year Combat Arms member who served five years overseas, she is his therapy dog.

“I received a medical discharge because I suffer from PTSD, anxiety, severe depression and other medical issues. I was depressed and angry – I was not the funnest person to be around, but I wasn’t always like that,” explains Bartsch.

Bailey snuggling in bed. Photo submitted.

Three years ago, Bartsch’s wife, Chantelle, decided it was time to get a dog for their family, and purchased Bailey.

“At first, I looked at her and thought ‘what an ugly little sucker,’ ” Bartsch notes with a slight chuckle. “But she just took to me, and I took to her. She would go everywhere with me; we’d go fishing together, we’d watch TV and it would help me relax and she’d help take my mind off my problems. Sometimes, she would just sit on my lap; she’s just the sweetest little dog.”

While Bartsch says Bailey isn’t formally a service dog, as he doesn’t have the paperwork, both his doctor and health care professionals agree the dog assists him and makes a difference in his day-to-day actions.

“She’s a reason to get out of bed in the morning,” he says holding back tears.

Following searches of the roadway and nearby ditches, Bartsch says he received notification from a driver who was following a pick-up truck south towards Campbell River. The driver believes someone in the truck may have picked up the dog along the roadway.

Ever since the dog went missing, Bartsch has placed posters around Campbell River, and various organizations such as animal welfare society CR Paws have assisted in the search.

Bartsch says he has used his military experience to organize grid searches, and he’s pedalled up and down roads searching for Bailey on his bike.

He’s offering a $2,000 for the safe return of Bailey, who has a microchip but was not wearing a collar. He says he has a ‘no questions asked’ policy for her return, and he can be contacted at 778-418-3070. For additional anonymity, the dog can be dropped off at the Campbell River Veterinary Hospital at 2566 South Island Highway.

“I’m just devastated; I just want my dog back.”

Just Posted

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Liquor store robbery suspect arrested

The Comox Valley RCMP have identified the suspect in relation to the… Continue reading

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

Everybody Deserves A Smile back for its 15th year

Local students leading the charge of spreading Christmas cheer to the Valley’s most vulnerable

Comox Valley Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive entering final days

Deadline for donations is Saturday, November 17

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Canada has enough pipelines to get the moon

Pipelines totalling 840,000 kilometres run across Canada

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Migrants streaming into Tijuana, but now face long stay

U.S. border inspectors are processing about 100 asylum claims a day at the main border crossing with San Diego

One month after legalization, illicit cannabis shops doing brisk business

When asked what has changed since Canada legalized on Oct. 17, one staffer said: “We’re just busier.”

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

Most Read