Poling said a neighbor saw a white dog that may have been Elkie get picked up by a person in a small red pickup truck.

NAVARRE — Robin Poling of the Hidden Creek neighborhood has a plea: For the sake of her 7-year-old autistic daughter Loli, please help find their family dog Elkie.

“It’s her comfort, like Linus and his security blanket,” Poling said of Loli’s attachment to Elkie. “If she’s sick, he’s there. If she’s upset he sits with her, he just stays with her.”

Poling said the 5-year-old male white Maltese went missing Dec. 6 and has not been seen since.

Elkie was wearing a gray collar but was not microchipped.

“There was a small tear in our pool enclosure,” Poling said of how Elkie escaped. “In five years he’s never gotten out. He’s always with me or with my daughter. He is very attentive.”

Poling said a neighbor saw a white dog that might have been Elkie get picked up by a person in a small red pickup truck.

Now, six weeks later, Poling said she is doing her best to get the word out about Elkie. She has hung about 275 posters in Navarre and surrounding communities. She has also visited every local animal shelter, as well as posting on social media.

“We have kind of exhausted our resources,” Poling said. “But the person that has him may not know that we are looking for him because not everyone is on social media.”

Elkie came to the Poling family as a puppy five years ago after another family did not want him. Loli, the youngest of the Poling's four children, has known Elkie for five of her seven years and is the most heartbroken that he is missing.

“There’s a lot of meltdowns, and we don’t mention the name around her because then that sets her off,” Poling said. “If this person does not know that this dog belongs to a family and that my daughter, this family, needs this dog. We don’t want another dog, we just want this dog back.”

Poling said Navarre residents have been really supportive in getting the word out about Elkie, and she hopes to have a meet-and-greet with Elkie for the community when he is found.

Poling is offering a $500 reward for the return of her dog, or a tip that leads to the reunion of the family with Elkie. Those with any information about Elkie can call Poling at (850) 499-0878.