Engaged Couple Extend NH Trip As They Search for Missing Dog in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH – A couple from South Carolina who came to New Hampshire to visit family early this summer has extended their vacation to search for their missing dog.
Paisley Heal and her fiancé Kyle Whitright live in South Carolina with their dog Milo and up until three-months ago, their newest family member Tulip.
Tulip is an 11 pound, Jack Russell terrier. She’s white with black spots.
Heal told NH1 she found Tulip on the side in really rough shape a little less than a year ago. They brought her to a veterinarian and tried to locate her owner but were unsuccessful. The couple decided to try to nurse Tulip back to health.
Heal said Tulip is bonded with her and Whitright but is very timid and afraid of most people.
The two were in New Hampshire visiting family this summer and planning for their wedding scheduled for October in South Carolina. On July 2, the pair traveled to Boston for a day-trip and left their two dogs in the care of Heal’s father. While coming back inside from a detached fenced-in yard, Tulip got spooked and took off.
Heal and Whitright haven’t stopped looking for her, even though it’s been almost three months. They postponed their trip home and have plans to come back after their wedding if Tulip isn’t found before then.
"She's still missing and she's still being seen by other people, which is the crazy thing,” Heal said.
Tulip has been spotted in several neighborhoods in the Portsmouth area in the last three months including in the Osprey Landing and the Atlantic Heights neighborhoods. The last place she was seen, as recently as a week and a half ago, was on Woodbury Avenue across from St. Catherine of Siena Church.
“Where she has been seen is very close to our house, so it’s almost like she’s trying to find her way back. She just doesn’t know the area,” Heal said.
They have contacted local shelters, police and Granite State Dog Recovery. She said she’s called so frequently they all now know Tulip by name.
GSDR told Heal they will set up traps but before they do they must see Tulip on the game cameras to make sure she is in the area. So Heal and Whitright have set up nine cameras around the city to hopefully catch Tulip on video, but so far, they haven’t had any luck.
Heal says her evening routine is to check all the cameras set up around town and to leave food for Tulip.
If you do see Tulip, Heal says don’t chase or call her. The best thing to do is just calmly call Heal at (207) 332-0860 or call the Portsmouth Police Department.
She says it’s been frustrating because people have reported Tulip sightings, but not until days later. It’s helpful if they know immediately.
Their hope? That they find Tulip before their wedding. Heal said they are getting married in a big meadow and their dream was to have their two dogs in the meadow as part of the ceremony.
“That would be the best wedding present ever!” she said.
A Facebook page has been set up to help find Tulip.