The owners of a timid collie who went missing near Monreith have been overwhelmed by the level of local support in their quest to trace her.
Carol Sinclair was holidaying at Monreith a fortnight ago when her sable collie Skye slipped her lead and ran off.
Since then, she and friends have travelled between home in Manchester and Wigtownshire to continue the search for the beloved dog.
And at the weekend she was amazed at how many people turned out to help search following alleged sightings of Skye in and around Glenluce - including two near-misses on the A75 at Dervaird.
Following a weekend of searching starting at 8am in appalling weather, she said: “I Just want to say a huge thank you to all the ladies and gents who have searched for my precious baby girl all day in the most awful weather. Never have I seen such happy folk trudging about in terrible weather conditions.
“The communities of Glenluce, Monreith, Port William, Isle of Whithorn and surrounding areas have been unbelievable. The world would be a better place if more communities pulled together like this.”
Progress on the mission is being relayed to almost 2000 followers via a Facebook page set up to raise awareness and map sightings, being manned by friends and Carole herself.
Skye was a rescue dog who was poorly-treated as a pup and is therefore wary of humans other than those she knows, so has been running away from anyone getting close. The last confirmed sighting was last Thursday in Glenluce.
The search team have been offered rooms and motorhomes to stay in, use of Glenluce Village Hall, thermal-imaging cameras, help from dog handlers and countryside rangers and even from police.
Carol had to return home yesterday (Thursday).
It had been hoped cooking smells may have drawn Skye out of hiding but this has been unsuccessful.
Locals have vowed to continue the search and offer help where they can.
All sightings should be reported to Carol immediately as Skye will run from anyone who approaches. Call her on 07825 685957.