PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is nothing quite like the bond between a boy and his dog. And so it is with Connor Green and his Bernese Mountain Dog, Jack. They have been pretty much inseparable since Green was in seventh grade.
Army Private Green, 20, of Hampton, was deployed to Afghanistan last November, but Jack is never far from his thoughts.
“When he gets a hold of us from Afghanistan,” says Connor’s mom, “the first thing he always says is ‘How’s my dog? How’s my dog?'”
But Connor’s beloved dog went missing three days ago.
The family has been searching and Connor’s worried mom, Cindy, is getting up pre-dawn – before going to her job as a nurse anesthetist – trying to find him.
“I was having a hard time just with Connor being gone, but now, this throws a whole new dimension into it,” she said.
One of Green’s brothers took Jack to visit a friend’s house in Shaler Township.
“He’s always on a leash when we’re out,” said Cindy. “When they arrived at the house, the door was left open. The dog escaped.”
Jack has been missing since Sunday. He was last spotted at the intersection of Anderson and Vilsack, heading toward Thompson Run Road.
Despite the high traffic area, police have had no reports of accidents involving dogs. But it’s an eight-mile trek between Shaler and Hampton – if Jack is trying to get home.
“Our fear is the dog is skittish. He’s got a collar with numbers on it. He’s got a chip, but he won’t let people get close to him,” Cindy says.
On his “most wanted” poster, Jack is described as 6-years-old, large with a black coat, white and caramel markings and a loud, deep bark, but very shy and gentle.
He lost his right eye as a puppy. It’s how he got his name, One-Eyed Jack.
“Don’t know what to say. So we haven’t told him anything,” said Cindy.
Connor will be home soon. His mom is praying that Jack will be home a lot sooner.
“When he comes home in August, he’ll be there for him,” she said.
The Green family has called police departments and shelters.
If you think you’ve seen Jack please call: 412-303-3079 or 412-302-8079.