A GIRL who wrote a touching letter to Santa asking him to bring her beloved dog home has been reunited with her blind pooch.
Isla Kerr, seven, penned the note after telling her mum “Santa can do anything” when three-year-old Dolly the Boston terrier disappeared.
Dolly, who is blind and requires daily medication, was last seen on Wednesday evening when she was tied up for just minutes outside a shop close to their home in Sowerby Bridge.
Devastated Isla put pen to paper to appeal for help - and her prayers were answered when her mum Vanessa Meskimmon, 32, received a call from a man who had spotted Dolly alone at the local park.
Careworker Vanessa stayed on the phone while she directed the man - who had seen the appeal to locate Dolly - in his car to their home, where husband, Darren Kerr, 33, went to the car and confirmed that, yes, it was Dolly.
Vanessa said: “Isla was with her friend next door, making posters for her appeal, when her daddy went round and said: ‘Someone wants to see you.’
“Isla was absolutely delighted, and so was Dolly. Dolly was so excited, she was wriggling and jumping up and licking our faces, she was so happy.
“Isla didn’t get much sleep last night, she was so excited to have Dolly back. She wouldn’t let her go.
“Dolly can’t see us but she knows who we are, she knows she’s home and it’s so lovely. She is part of our family. We can’t stop cuddling her, we’re so pleased to have her back.
“Isla thinks that Santa has helped her out, but she also knows that she has played a big part in that.
“She has now reverted back to her original list, which included a Barbie house, some Heelies roller shoes and a Reborn newborn doll.
“As far as we can tell Dolly hasn’t been mistreated. I will be getting her checked out by a vet.”
Dolly is definitely glad to be home with her family of Vanessa, Darren, Isla and big sister, Courteney Kerr-Meskimmon, 17, and is now her usual happy hyper self.
Isla’s handwritten note read: “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is my dog to come back.
“I do not care about presents, all I care about is my dog Dolly to come back.
“I miss her so much and love her.
“Love Isla Kerr xxxx.”
Dolly was taken on December 2 when she was left tied up for a matter of minutes outside a shop close to their home. Isla and her dad Darren Kerr, 33, had popped in to buy ice cream but when they returned, she had vanished.
The family searched frantically for their beloved pet. They reported the theft to the police who put out an appeal for information.
Vanessa, 32, said: “We’ve had Dolly since she was nine weeks old and she and Isla are like best friends, they’re inseparable.
“She’s so upset that someone has her, and none of us are sleeping.
“She came up with the idea of writing to Santa because as she told me: “Santa can do anything.” It will break her heart if her dream doesn’t come true.”