Corrine Cook says Bailey, her 11-year-old female Chihuauha/Pomeranian/Shitzu cross gone missing since March 27, rarely leaves her side. (Photo courtesy of Leann Moir)

Corrine Cook says Bailey, her 11-year-old female Chihuauha/Pomeranian/Shitzu cross gone missing since March 27, rarely leaves her side. (Photo courtesy of Leann Moir)

North Saanich woman holds out hope for missing pet

Search for Bailey, missing since March 27, continues

A North Saanich resident says she is still hoping for the best as the community-wide search for her dog Bailey continues, a search complicated by COVID-19.

Corrine Cook says Bailey, an 11-year-old female Chihuauha/Pomeranian/Shitzu cross gone missing since March 27, means the world to her.

“She is my child,” said Cook. “She has been with me wherever I go. She always wants to be me with me and I am usually the same with her.”

Speaking with the Peninsula News Review just before the Easter holiday, Cook said the search for Bailey is ongoing. Two organizations assisting with the search for animals — Find Lost and Escaped Dogs (FLED) and Reuniting Owners with Animals Missing (ROAM) — are also part of the search and have seen Bailey’s counterfeit appear in signs around the Saanich Peninsula.

RELATED: Tourists allegedly take dog from Tofino, owner pleads for help getting it back

Cook estimates that up to 50 people in her neighbourhood alone are part of the search, which has also drawn a lot of views on social media.

“We have had more than 40,000 views and more 1,000 combined shares [on Facebook] with ROAM and FLED combined,” she said. FLED has also put Bailey on its Code Red callout page as possibly stolen.

Cook said Bailey went missing on March 27 after she had taken Bailey for a walk to get the mail.

“I took her off the leash and typically she would just come with me upstairs.”

But this time, Bailey wanted to sniff around the property of Cook’s employer at Frizell Road off West Saanich Road, where she works as a bookkeeper. Some five to 10 minutes later, Bailey was gone without any trace of activity that might have hinted at her fate. The security camera of a neighbour also revealed nothing.

READ MORE: Missing dog found between Tofino and Ucluelet

Leeann Moir, a friend of Cook, who dog-sat Bailey, said in a note to the Peninsula News Review that searchers are exploring all options, but COVID-19 has stopped searchers from reaching local residents who could be looking in their back yards to get sightings. Ultimately, Moir believes somebody took Bailey.

“Because there were no sounds, signs or sightings, we believe Bailey was taken by someone since she was very friendly and would go up to anyone,” said Moir. “They would not likely have had a dog themselves as she is very barky to other dogs and Corrine would have heard that.”

Moir said searchers considered that wild animals might have captured Bailey, but deems that unlikely since eagles have plenty of food right now and that she might be too heavy and there was no sound.

READ MORE: Tofino turns town upside down to find tourist’s lost dog

“There have been no cougar sightings at all in that area and the owls in the area are small and it was daylight when she went missing,” she said. “This leaves us with the likelihood that Bailey saw someone or chased a squirrel to the front near the road and someone picked her up and either walked or drove off with her.”

For Cook, Bailey’s absence and the uncertainty surrounding her fate has been difficult to bear.

“I cry every day, and I feel guilty,” said the 53-year-old. “I’m at work because I have to come to work. I am a bookkeeper and I have things like payroll to do. I don’t eat, I cry constantly, I am not able to sleep, I think of all sorts of scenarios that could have happened to her. It’s awful.”

Anyone with any information leading to Bailey’s safe return or even a sighting are asked to call ROAM immediately at 778-977-6260, email, contact FLED at 250-479-0911 or email

A reward will be given for Bailey’s safe return.

Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner


Just Posted

Alex Fiset and Cooper Oakes, both Grade 4, running to the finish, raising money for the ALS Society of B.C. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
John Muir students rally for ALS support

‘Hey ALS. Nobody likes you!’ the students yelled

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

Eric White’s roadside farm stand in Metchosin sits stocked with produce. (Photo courtesy of Eric White)
Fledgling Metchosin farmer frustrated by thefts from stand

Eric White said every dollar made at the roadside helps sustain his farm

Helicopter crew members onboard HMCS Halifax conduct inflight refueling during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea in 2020. Some of the military choppers flying around Greater Victoria recently are taking part in a special ops training exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Braden Trudeau/Trinity-Formation Imaging Services)
Special Ops exercise brings influx of helicopters to Victoria

Ontario-based air force unit comes to Victoria to train over ocean

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

Most Read