Our search for Tess

11 Dec 2014

You may have seen some of our press coverage updating how Fraser Stevenson, whose guide dog Tess went missing in Nairn in July, now has a new lease of life with guide dog Remy.

The months since Tess disappeared have been a very troubling time for Fraser. Matching him with a new guide dog was a key part in helping him to lead an independent and full life again.

Fraser and Remy (a female Labrador retriever cross) are in the early stages of their partnership, but things are going well.

“With Remy by my side I have begun to get out and about and again live a more independent life,” said Fraser. “Of course, I’m still really upset about Tess and am concerned about her whereabouts and safety.”

You can watch a piece on STV News about Fraser and Remy here:

http://news.stv.tv/highlands-islands/302776-new-lease-of-life-for-man-months-after-guide-dog-disappeared/

Guide Dogs continue to take Tess’s disappearance very seriously. From the day she went missing we have carried out a significant programme of activity to try and find her. Unfortunately, despite our dedicated efforts to find Tess, she has not been found.

"We continue to ask anyone who sees a dog that they think could be Tess to take a picture and email it to Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk ," said Terry Thorpe, Glasgow Mobility Team manager.

"Possible sightings of Tess have been reported to us and we continue to investigate all sightings with staff, volunteers, and local agencies on the ground.

"We remain grateful for all the support we’re receiving in our efforts to try and find Tess."

01 October 2014

This week we have continued to work with Fraser as he takes steps towards once again leading a more independent life. We have had no further reported sightings of Tess. However, we will continue to investigate any information or leads we receive.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the last couple of months. We are extremely grateful for the many different ways that people local to Nairn, organisations and other supporters have given their help, and we know Fraser has really appreciated the support he has received since Tess went missing.

We will update this page again if we have any significant developments to share, and in the meantime we are still urging anyone who has any information about Tess to call Guide Dogs on: 0800 6888 409 or email: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk.

25 Sept 2014

It has now been just over two months since Tess went missing and during that time we have received, and continue to receive an outstanding level of support. Fraser has understandably found this time very tough and now people have begun raising money to have a puppy trained and named in Fraser’s honour. Fraser is grateful for this show of support and for all the help he has received since Tess went missing.

Posters of Tess are still available to download from Tess’s page on the website and we are still urging anyone who has any information about Tess, or knows someone who does, to call Guide Dogs on: 0800 6888 409 or email: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk.

22 Sept 2014

Over the weekend we received telephone calls to say that a dog matching Tess's description had been handed in to police officers in Glasgow. Unfortunately this dog was not Tess however we were extremely grateful for the swift response from members of the public to this potential lead.

We will continue to update this page with any developments, however if anyone has any information about Tess, or knows someone who does, please call Guide Dogs on: 0800 6888 409 or email: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk. The posters of Tess, which have been updated, are available to download from Tess’s page on the website.

19 Sept 2014

We are still asking members of the public to remain vigilant in case they see a dog that may be Tess, especially in the areas around Nairn and Forres. Fraser has understandably found the past weeks to be incredibly difficult and we continue to support him and have contact with him on a regular basis.

We are extremely grateful for the support received from members of the public and many different organisations. If anyone has any information about Tess, or knows someone who does, please call Guide Dogs on: 0800 6888 409 or email: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk

17 Sept 2014

With Tess still missing, we have remained in regular contact with Fraser at this very difficult time. Fraser is very grateful for all the support he has been receiving from volunteers and supporters.

We continue to make sure posters of Tess are being clearly displayed and we remain grateful to our volunteers who are helping to make this happen. If anyone has any information about Tess, or knows someone who does, please call Guide Dogs on: 0800 6888 409. Alternatively, if you think you have seen a dog which may be Tess, please try and take a picture of the dog and send it to: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk.

15 Sept 2014

As of yet we have had no reported sightings of Tess over the weekend, however we will continue to keep this page updated with any significant developments.

We know that our volunteers are putting up more of the updated posters to make sure that everyone knows to send pictures of any dog they think may be Tess to Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk. Alternatively please call on 0800 6888 409 to report any information that may be help us to find Tess. We continue to speak to Fraser regularly and we will also update this page again mid-week, unless we are able to share any important news in the meantime.

12 Sept 2014

As we approach the weekend, we'd like to ask anyone in the areas around Nairn and Forres to remain vigilant if they are out walking. We continue to advise that people should not approach any dog that they think might be Tess in order not to startle it. Instead please do call Guide Dogs to report any possible sightings on 0800 6888 409. If you do see a dog that you think might be Tess it would also be extremely helpful to take a picture of it and send it to Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk

We remain grateful for your support and will continue to update this page next week.

10 Sept 2014

We are pleased to say that the posters of Tess, which we have updated, are now ready to download on Tess’s page of the website.

The posters feature the email address to which people can send pictures of dogs they think might be Tess, for us to investigate. It would be very helpful if people could print off these posters and display them appropriately and, if possible, replace the old posters with the updated versions. However, if this is not feasible, the old posters still contain accurate information – including recent pictures of Tess and the number to call to report potential sightings of her. 

If you know anything about Tess’s whereabouts, or think you know someone who does, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409. We continue to remind people, instead of approaching any dog they think might be Tess, to take a photograph if possible and send it to:Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk

08 Sept 2014

This week, we are creating another batch of posters for people to display. The additional posters will be available on Tess’s page of our website and we will let you know when they will be ready for download. As with the posters we have already developed, we would urge people to print off the new posters when they are ready and display them appropriately so we can continue to raise awareness of the fact that Tess is still missing.

The posters will give details of the areas we are now looking in, based on sightings and trails identified by our expert dog tracker. These are:

  • an area near Sluie Mains up towards Forres that borders the river Findhorn and the A940
  • an area halfway between Nairn and Forres, north of the A96 and to the south of Culbin Forest.

In addition to our posters, based on expert advice, we’re continuing to encourage people to be vigilant for Tess when out walking and to report any possible sightings of her to Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409.
If possible we would also ask that you take a picture of any dog you think might be Tess (rather than approaching it) and send it to
Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk

We are grateful for your ongoing support and will let you know when the new posters are available.

05 Sept 2014

Following on from our work with the specialist dog tracker, we can share that the team has now completed a comprehensive search of the areas around Forres and Nairn. The search team focussed primarily on an area south of Forres, where there have been two sightings of a dog believed to be Tess over the last three weeks.

After picking up a faint scent, the trackers initially helped us to frame an area near Sluie Mains up towards Forres that borders the river Findhorn and the A940, however the scent was fairly old. The team then moved on to Nairn to see if there were any scents around the golf course where there had been reported sightings of a black dog matching Tess's description. Nothing was picked up there, but a scent was then picked up halfway between Nairn and Forres, in an area lying north of the A96 and to the south of Culbin Forest.

Given the tracker's experience of dog movements, this indicates there is a slim chance that Tess could be searching, trying to work her way back to Nairn.

The advice we have now been given is to ask people out walking in the two areas mentioned to remain vigilant. Because the dog is likely to be extremely wary, we would not encourage large search parties to go looking for her, and if you see a dog you think may be Tess, please do not try to approach her. If possible, take a photograph and email to glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk or please call 0800 6888 409. We now think it unlikely that Tess is anywhere else in the country.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the search in Forres, and at Logie Estate, for their help and hospitality. We also extend our thanks to you, our supporters.

03 Sept 2014

Over the past days we have continued to work with specialists to try and find Tess in the areas where we have had multiple reported sightings of her.

While the specialists continue their work, we have been asked to help keep the area as quiet as possible. We also ask that anyone who thinks they may have seen Tess does not approach the dog directly, for risk of startling it. Instead, please take a photo of the dog and email it to Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk

We are of course still extremely grateful for any updates or information that could help our team to find Tess and we encourage those with any information to call us on 0800 6888 409.

In the meantime, posters to help raise awareness of Tess's disappearance are still downloadable from the website and we encourage members of the public to remain vigilant. 

Earlier this week local media again highlighted the story, on STV news online and in the Aberdeen Press and Journal

Thank you all again for your ongoing support. We will post a further update on Friday.

01 Sept 2014

Over the weekend we have been working with specialists to try and find Tess in the areas where we have had multiple reported sightings of her.

We will be continuing to work with the specialist team this week in the hope that we may be able to locate Tess if she is roaming.

As we continue to work with the team this week, we would still ask that our supporters do not try and actively search for her themselves, to help us to keep the area as quiet as possible.  We also ask that anyone who thinks they may have seen Tess does not approach the dog directly, for risk of startling them.

We are of course still extremely grateful for any updates or information that could help our team to find Tess and we encourage those with any information to call us on 0800 6888 409.

In the meantime, posters to help raise awareness of Tess's disappearance are still downloadable from the website and we encourage members of the public to remain vigilant.

Thank you all again for your ongoing support, we will update you again on Wednesday this week.

29 Aug 2014

Following a number of possible sightings of Tess in a similar area, we have taken expert advice and we are pleased to update you that we are now working with specialists to try and find Tess.

Before reaching this stage, it has been important for us to make sure that the reported sightings of Tess, whilst unconfirmed, are as likely as possible to be her. A key factor in this has been plotting the sightings we have been investigating which are now in close proximity to one another.

We are naturally very keen to ensure that this dog is not disturbed and potentially driven away by members of the public. Therefore we would be grateful to all our supporters to help cascade the message that it is now very important that people do not try and actively search for Tess.It is important that the specialists have an opportunity to find Tess.

We are reminding people that if someone thinks they have seen Tess, they should not approach the dog, but instead take a picture and send it to Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk  

We continue to welcome any calls about Tess’s possible whereabouts and would ask that you call Guide Dogs on: 0800 6888 409.

We will update you again on Monday.

28 Aug 2014

As we approach another weekend with Tess missing, we continue to look at all viable options for finding her. We are in discussions with an expert dog tracker and we are being advised on the best approach for finding Tess. We will keep you updated on this.

In the meantime, we have been asked to remind people to be aware of the fact that if Tess is roaming, she may be easily startled and might want to stay away from people.

For this reason, it is important that no one approaches Tess if they think they see her, but instead they should take a picture of her if they can and send it to Guide Dogs directly: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk and we will investigate the sighting.

Raising awareness of Tess’s disappearance remains a large focus for us and we are pleased to see that our social media campaign has now received nearly 350 likes on Facebook. We urge people to spread the word that Tess is missing by placing a Find Tess badge either on their Facebook or Twitter accounts if possible. We are very grateful for all the support we have received so far.

If you think you might have any information about Tess, or know someone who does, please contact Guide Dogs directly on 0800 6888 409. We remain alert to all possibilities and we are committed to reuniting Fraser and Tess.

27 Aug 2014

Tess is still missing and all possible sightings are being investigated - and we remain extremely grateful to the public and local community for their continued support and involvement.

We'd also like to thank local media for their coverage of the campaign to find Tess - The Inverness Courier has covered Tess again this week and The Nairnshire Telegraph also continued its coverage in yesterday’s edition, sharing news and images from our most recent search efforts.

We continue to follow up all sightings and appreciate members of the public remaining vigilant. In order to avoid startling any dogs matching Tess's description, we encourage anyone who sees a dog they think may be Tess not to approach the dog, but to contact Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409 instead. Please also send any images of dogs who you think might be Tess to: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk and do please continue to share the posters that are downloadable from this website, to help keep awareness of Tess high.

26 Aug 2014

Guide Dogs staff continue to investigate possible sightings of Tess. Although there is a considerable time difference between the sightings (up to a week), our mapping is showing that some sightings are falling within 800 metres of each other in Forres. Over the course of the weekend Guide Dogs staff were on the ground in the area, and we continue to remain alert to all possibilities.

It is important for anyone who thinks they might have seen Tess not to approach her, which might startle her, but instead to try and take a picture of Tess to send to Guide Dogs. This could help us identify Tess and might help us to locate her. 

Please send any images of dogs who you think might be Tess to: Glasgow@guidedogs.org.uk

It is also still possible that Tess could have been taken in by someone for safe-keeping so we continue to remind people to be vigilant and call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409 with any other information that might help us find Tess.

22 Aug 2014

Tomorrow will be one month since Tess disappeared. We are very grateful for all of the support we have received so far from volunteers, the general public, the police and others to try and find her.

Over the past month, we have arranged for a house to house enquiry to take place in Nairn which is where Tess went missing from. We have also investigated numerous possible sightings of Tess which has involved many staff and volunteer searches on the ground. In addition to this, we have launched a social media campaign and we are pleased to report this now has over 200 supporters with this number still rising. Working closely with the media to raise awareness of Tess’s disappearance has been another focus for us and importantly, we have provided on-going support to Fraser.

However, with Tess still missing and the bank holiday weekend approaching, we are urging people to be extra vigilant when out and about this weekend either in towns or on walks. By working collaboratively, we stand a better chance of finding Tess. Posters are still available to download from our website and we would still encourage you to print the posters off and display them appropriately to help spread the word that Tess is still missing.

If you have any information that you think might help us find Tess, or know someone who does, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409.

21 Aug 2014

After launching our Find Tess badge campaign yesterday, we are pleased to report that already the campaign has received 165 likes on Facebook and 117 people have supported it by either displaying the badge or showing their support on Facebook or on Twitter.

We’re very grateful for all the support this has received so far – please keep helping raise awareness of Tess on social media. 

We are also still investigating the recent reported sighting of Tess near Forres, as well as another sighting at Nairn golf course. Guide Dogs staff are on the ground in both areas which are well covered with posters. There is also a strong awareness of Tess among local walkers. We remain grateful for all the support we have received so far and still welcome any reports of possible sightings of Tess. If you, or someone you know, has any information which might help us to find Tess, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409.

20 Aug 2014

The Inverness Courier has posted a new interview with Tess's owner, Fraser, on its website, where Fraser shares news of the sighting near Forres that we are currently investigating. A local resident spotted a dog matching Tess's description around three miles southwest of Forres after seeing her picture from the Missing Dogs in Scotland page on Facebook. Guide Dogs staff and volunteers are in Forres again today to follow up the sighting alongside local people who know the land around Forres very well - including estate staff and forestry workers.

We are mindful that dogs may be easily startled, and encourage anyone who sees a dog in the area matching Tess' description not to approach the dog, but to contact Guide Dogs instead on 0800 6888 409. We are also following up other possible sightings in locations across Scotland.

As well as this, we're pleased to report additional media coverage of our campaign to find Tess in Tuesday's Press and Journal and also in the Yorkshire Post, and we continue to see great support from many people on social media. We have now developed an online Find Tess badge that you can add to your profile picture, to help raise further awareness. The badge can be sized and positioned however you like it, and will help to tell online friends that you are supporting the campaign to find Tess.

We remain actively committed to finding Tess and continue to ask members of the public to remain vigilant and call us as soon as they see anything that could help us to find her. To share any information please call us on 0800 6888 409.

19 Aug 2014

As our activity to find Tess continues, so does the media campaign to help raise awareness of her disappearance. The Scotsman ran a piece at the weekend about the search, and our appeal was also on STV online. We've shared updates and images of the volunteers talking to people in Nairn on Saturday with media and will continue to stay in regular contact.

We're also carrying on with following up on any leads that come through to us. In particular at the moment we are speaking with members of the public about a sighting of a dog on Saturday that looked like Tess just south of Forres, as well as a possible sighting in Balintore, which is near Tain, and another lead in Nairn itself on Monday morning.

We continue to investigate all lines line of enquiry and we are talking to local Guide Dogs staff, volunteers, residents and local supporters such as dog wardens, to make sure we keep awareness about Tess high.

We value your ongoing support and ask that you continue to keep on the look-out for Tess as you have been doing. We're grateful for any leads that could help us to locate her and get her back home safely to Fraser. To report any possible sightings of Tess, please call us on 0800 6888 409.

18 Aug 2014

Fraser with Wendy Rankin searching for guide dog TessOn Saturday more than twenty Guide Dogs’ volunteers and staff took part in a further attempt to find Tess. We are very grateful to Tess’ guide dog owner, Fraser Stevenson, and the volunteers who joined staff to look for Tess.

Terry Thorpe, who led the operation, said: "I would like to thank the people of Nairn for taking the time to speak to Guide Dogs staff and volunteers on Saturday. The support we have had in the town since the day Tess went missing has been overwhelming."

Volunteers and staff, dressed in #FindTess T-shirts, went house to house in several parts of the town and distributed hundreds of leaflets to the crowds of people in the town watching the Highland Games.

We are very pleased to have had a number of further sightings reported to us, which we are now following up. We continue to ask people to remain vigilant and to report any possible sightings of Tess to us on 0800 6888 409.

15 Aug 2014

As we progress with preparations for tomorrow's activity in Nairn, we're hopeful that, with the continued help of the local community, we may be given new information that could help us to find Tess.

Whilst we have had further possible sightings of Tess reported to us, and we continue to follow up every lead, sadly none as of yet have led us to her. We remain in close contact with Fraser during this difficult time.

As well as members of the public posting on their social media pages and sharing the posters of Tess, we are also grateful for the additional support from The Kennel Club - who are sending a message to all their supporters with our appeal as well as posting about Tess on their social media. We were also thankful to see Optician Trade magazine highlighting the Find Tess appeal in their most recent issue as well as a renewed appeal out today in the Inverness Courier.

If you do have any information about Tess, or know someone who might, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409. Your support is invaluable to us and we appreciate all that you are doing to help keep Tess in the public eye. Please continue to share the news through social media and you can also download posters of Tess here.

14 Aug 2014

Today we can announce that staff and volunteers will be in Nairn on Saturday 16 August to help us locate missing guide dog Tess.

This new enquiry gives us an opportunity to build on the efforts already being made by members of the public as well as Guide Dogs staff and volunteers - for which we are extremely grateful.

Our local volunteers, who know the area, and Guide Dogs staff will be knocking on doors in the town to try and find information that could lead us to Tess, whilst also taking the opportunity to thank the local community for their incredible support so far.We will also be giving out lots of leaflets about Tess as large numbers of people are expected to be in Nairn for the annual Highland Games, also taking place on Saturday.

We know lots of people are still committed to helping us find Tess and we truly value that support. While we already have a full team on the ground for Saturday's co-ordinated activity, we urge you to keep sharing the posters of her on social media and in your local area.

The media campaign to help raise awareness of Tess's disappearance also continues. Fraser, Tess's owner, spoke to a journalist at the Inverness Courier for an update on the story, which we expect to be printed in Friday’s edition, and he also took part in an interview with Insight Radio that we are expecting to be broadcast today. The Daily Mirror also uploaded a piece to its website last night, which we hope will help to make even more people aware of Tess.   

As well as making sure that extra posters have been put up in the key areas where potential sightings of Tess were reported, Pets at Home have continued to show their support by putting posters up in more of their stores. You can download posters of Tess here.

If you do have any information about Tess, or know someone who might, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409.

13 Aug 2014

Today we are making more posters of Tess available for download from our website. Each of the posters displays a different picture of Tess which we hope will help people to better identify her. We are encouraging people to download these posters and share them appropriately, whether this is with your contacts via Twitter or Facebook, or simply by printing out a poster and displaying it in your window*.

We have also made sure that extra posters have been put up in the key areas where potential sightings of Tess were reported to us but didn’t yield any information about her whereabouts, for example at Nairn Dunbar Golf course and Dornoch. 

If anyone thinks they may have seen Tess, please call us on 0800 6888 409.

The £1,000 donation to Guide Dogs, which has been offered by Pets at Home for giving us any information which helps us to find Tess, is being reported in local media including the Press and Journal, Inverness Courier, STV online and BBC Radio in Inverness. This is also helping to raise awareness of the search and we continue to help journalists write articles about Tess’s disappearance. Yesterday we spoke to BBC News Highlands & Islands and discussions with the media continue.

We are very grateful to everyone for the support we are receiving to help us find Tess and still urge anyone who has some information about Tess, or knows someone who might, to please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409.

*The posters are available in different formats jpeg, gif and pdf.

12 Aug 2014

£1000 – in the form of a donation to Guide Dogs – has been offered by Peter Pritchard, Commercial Director at Pets At Home. The donation will be made when we are given information that helps us find Tess. Naturally we have considered this generous offer carefully to ensure we avoid a reward type scheme in case it encouraged people to take guide dogs for personal financial gain. We are very grateful to Pets at Home for offering the money in the form of a donation.

Many other people continue to help us find Tess and we are grateful for all the support.

We are encouraging anyone who thinks they may have seen Tess to call us on 0800 6888 409. We have had some sightings from the public relating to dogs in harnesses. It’s unlikely that Tess will be wearing a harness. She was not wearing one at the time and it’s very unlikely that someone took her in to use her as a guide dog.

We continue to speak to media outlets about potentials stories to help raise more awareness of Tess and we are really encouraged to see the development of a new website Findtess.org which has been set up by the wider guide dog community. The site provides lots of images of Tess and more information about how to help.

Thank you for your continued support. By working together we stand a better chance of finding Tess.

If you have any information about Tess, or know someone who might, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409

11 Aug 2014

Tess is still missing and we are working hard to reunite her with Fraser.

From now on, we will be keeping you updated on our efforts to find Tess – check this page every day for more news on how we’re getting on and how you can help us find her.

Since Tess went missing, we have received a number of calls reporting possible sightings of her which we have been following up. The sightings are scattered, with reports coming from near to where Tess went missing, like the dunes at Nairn, but also much further afield, including New Stevenston, Bangor and Peterborough. We take all reports seriously and will investigate any that are submitted to us, so please do contact us with any information you have.

A large focus for us is also continuing to work with journalists to help them write informative articles which might help people to recognise Tess; read the latest article which was published this Saturday in The Herald.

Tess may have been taken in by someone for safe-keeping but it is essential that she is reunited with Fraser as he needs her. We are keeping in contact with Fraser at this difficult time and would like to thank everyone for their on-going support – we are very grateful to everyone who has volunteered to help us. We would also like to thank our partners who we are keeping updated as the search goes on.

Please remain vigilant - if you have information about Tess, please call Guide Dogs on 0800 6888 409.

05 Aug 2014

Thousands of Guide Dogs volunteers and supporters have joined our appeal to help find missing guide dog Tess. The six-year-old black curly coated retriever went missing while on a free run with her owner in Nairn, a seaside town about 16 miles east of Inverness.

Guide Dogs in Scotland has enlisted the help of local organisations and agencies in the effort to find Tess, including the police, dog wardens, veterinary practices and the SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). We have been in touch with rail networks, as well as Royal Mail to get word out to postal workers and drivers.

An appeal was launched in local media shortly after Tess’s disappearance on 23 July and thousands of people have now got behind it on Facebook and Twitter.

We are now running a poster campaign to widen the appeal. Please download our new official poster PDF 1.8MB and share it on Facebook and Twitter, or print it off and display it in your window (particularly if you live in Scotland).

The more people who support our appeal, the better our chances of finding Tess and reuniting her with her owner.



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