MOLINO, Fla. (WALA) - A Molino family with a special needs daughter is now missing the dog they say has been by her side since she was an infant.
Flora Wolf said their four year old yellow lab named Jasper has been by her daughter Destiny's side for years.
But she says Jasper is no ordinary pet. He's been helping take care of Destiny, who has Downs Syndrome, since she was 2 years old.
"Since he's been gone, Destiny has been crying and asking where Jasper went," said Wolf.
Flora said four year old Destiny and Jasper instantly bonded.
She said Destiny can often have trouble breathing, as well as trouble sleeping through the night and she can often wander off.
That's where Jasper would come in; alerting the family if anything was wrong.
"He was never formerly trained as a special needs companion, but once they met it's like he knew her condition. He knew what he was supposed to do and that he just had to protect her," Wolf said.
Wolfe and her son Byron Mcvay, 10, recently realized something was wrong after they hadn't seen Jasper since Friday, March 22.
"It feels like growing up and leaving, that's how it feels. I don't want him to leave. He helps me know when Destiny's not feeling well and he helps me when I go places like when I go down to the park," said Mcvay.
Wolf said Jasper would sometimes wander off but he would never go more than around a mile from their home on Brickyard Road.
She said neighbors would typically recognize him but so far there have been no sightings of the special dog.
"It's like losing a child. He would come to the car and give me a hug everyday. It's hard not having him around," Wolf said.
The family has listed the dog as missing on classified ads as well as on Facebook.
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