Veteran asks for help finding lost service dog

It's been three long days and nights for an area veteran who's lost the service dog he depends on.

SPICEWOOD, TEXAS - An Army veteran from Spicewood is asking for the public's help in finding his service dog that went missing and is even offering a $3,000 reward for his safe return.

The 125-pound Rottweiler may look intimidating, but don't let Bane's first impression fool you.

"He is a little more gentle than I've ever witnessed in any of my rots," said Jim Irwin.

Irwin worries it was that sweet disposition that led to his service dog's disappearance.

Irwin was grilling in his yard Sunday when Bane and the family's other dog, Piper, ran off.

After some time the family went out to search.

Irwin described what happened next. "My daughter called and said 'Piper's back' and I asked if Bane was with her and she said 'No'. And that's never happened."

The family took to social media, they called in a friend with a drone and even hired a tracking dog from Dallas.

The dog lost the scent at the creek off Bee Creek Road, about two miles from Irwin's home.

Irwin thinks Bane's attention levels are too high to have been hit by a car. He thinks a good Samaritan picked him up and took him home.

"Unfortunately he's not rescued. He's a prisoner. And that's really hard to deal with."

That's because Irwin is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, and initially struggled with civilian life until he got a service dog.

Bane is his ninth.

"He flows with me, he is an extension of my right arm, and most of all he allows me to sleep at night," Irwin said. "Because it's difficult having a wife and children and being out in the country and having that high sense of alert that you can't you just can't control."

The family is offering a $3,000 reward to anyone who brings the two-year-old dog home.

"I miss him. I need him, he's a part of me. I have to have him back."

All area shelters, veterinarian clinics and law enforcement have been notified. Bane has a primarily black coat with tan markings and still has his tail. Bane is microchipped and was wearing tags when he ran off.

Irwin asks that anyone who finds Bane or can report any information to reach out to him via email at jamesirwin@austin.rr.com or by calling 512-848-9445. He said the dog can also be dropped off at Paleface Veterinary Clinic at 21205 TX-71 in Spicewood, Texas, no questions asked.

A group will meet at La Cabana on Highway 71 at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, to canvas the surrounding area with flyers and signs. They will leave at 9 a.m. and return by 11:30 a.m.

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