A four-year-old boy named Ethan Ferrier wrote a touchingly sincere letter to the men who stole his dog, Fern, asking them if the canine can “come home now.” Even if the letter doesn’t convince the pooch snatchers to release Fern, it’s gone viral, bringing worldwide attention to the case.
The dog thieves took the black cocker/spring spaniel mix on April 28, 2013, from its home on a family farm in Malden Rushett, Surrey, in the U.K. Since then, the dog’s family have been tirelessly searching.
Ethan Ferrier was only two years old when his pet was stolen. Even after reaching the age of four, the boy still hasn’t forgotten his lost friend. The biggest difference is now he finally has the skills necessary to write to the thieves and tell them how he feels.
In green ink, the boy wrote the following heartbreaking letter.
“To the bad men who took Fern. Can Fern come home now please. I miss her.”
Then, naturally, a picture of the family and the missing dog.
— #findfern (@FindFernwithme) February 16, 2015
Ethan’s mother, Jodie, thinks the dog was taken for breeding purposes. Black Spaniels came into fashion for a uniquely English reason at about the time of the dog’s was abduction.
In February, 2013, pictures of Kate Middleton and Prince William walking their own Black Spaniel, Lupo, in Hyde Park surfaced. The popularity of the breed instantly skyrocketed, putting a target on poor Fern’s back.
She explained to the Telegraph that dog charities seem to support her idea.
“Fern looks almost identical to Lupo and we’ve spoken the endless dog charities and police who tell us the same story – that demand for cocker spaniels is outstripping supply because of the popularity of Lupo.”
According to the boy’s father Tom, black spaniel puppies are now selling for about £1,000 ($1,500), thanks in part to the royal’s canine.
As for her boy, Jodie says Ethan never stops asking about his lost dog.
“He has never forgotten about Fern and always asks us where we think she is and if she is happy. He asks me every morning if Fern is coming back home and I have to tell him I don’t know — it’s heartbreaking.”
The Daily News reports that once Ethan was old enough to write, the parents thought the letter would be a good idea.
The family also has a Facebook page dedicated to finding their lost dog, including pictures of the boy’s heartbreaking letter.
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