SUNNYVALE -- Susan Wang hadn't visited her family in Beijing for three years, but when she made the long trip there last month, she cut it short, spending only a few hours at the airport in China before boarding a flight straight back home.
The reason? Her "Iris" had gone missing, ran away from home. The Yorkshire terrier that usually kept close to her heel wasn't used to a sitter and when she was let outside to mark a spot around midnight Aug. 24, she ran off down El Camino Real and headed toward Fair Oaks Avenue.
"This is my baby," Wang said. "I don't have children, this dog is my child."
Wang called home from the Beijing airport and upon hearing the news that Iris was gone, canceled the rest of her trip and booked the next flight home. She was back in Sunnyvale by Sunday morning.
Since then she's spent hours scouring all the shelters near and not-so-near and much more time crying.
"I can't work, I can't do anything," Wang said, adding that Iris' sister, Sophie, has been a wreck without her companion.
"When she got the dogs, the guy wouldn't sell her one because the two had always been together," said Stephen Erickson, a friend of Wang's who is helping her search for the dogs. "So she ended up with two."
Wang tried out a professional dog detective who brought out a sniffer canine to sample Iris' scent and seek her out. They walked for miles around Sunnyvale but came up empty.
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"She just loves these dogs," Erickson said. "When she called me from China to tell me about what happened she was crying so hard it was hard to understand."
The dog had a collar when last seen, but no tags. With no address to return the dog to, Wang hopes someone found her lost little girl and took her in.
Iris is 2 and a half years old and about nine pounds. She is light brown, with the hair on her head being very light in color.
Anyone with information about Iris is asked to call 925-890-3104.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.