Woman heartbroken over furbaby who’s still missing after car accident

2018-10-18 14:57
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It’s not the accident which almost claimed her life two months that gives her nightmares.

Though it was scary, it’s the loss of her beloved dog that keeps her tossing and turning at night, Marietjie Gouws de Lange (67) tells YOU.

Marietjie had been driving home to Brandfort in the Free State on 2 August after visiting her daughter, Aniké van der Merwe (35), in Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal, when she was involved in a car accident on the R103 near Warden in the Free State.

“I just remember the impact,” an emotional Marietjie tells YOU.

“It’s a terrible stretch of road, full of potholes and with no hard shoulder, and to this day I don’t know what happened. One minute I was still driving along peacefully and the next I just lost control of the car.”

The car rolled at least twice, coming to a halt in an open field on the right-hand side of the road.

Marietjie’s two-year-old basset cross, Brakkies, was in the car with her.

“Moments before the accident Brakkies had been sleeping on the floor on the passenger side. After the car rolled, I tried finding my glasses. It was at this point that Brakkies jumped through the broken passenger window and ran away,” she says.

Marietjie wasn’t badly injured – she had a few scrapes and bruises.

“I know the Lord protected me and I’m grateful for that every day. But even the knowledge that I’ve been saved doesn’t reduce the trauma.

“I didn’t care about the accident – I was hysterical because Brakkies wasn’t on the scene. I yelled and called for him, but he didn’t come back.

“Even after a man stopped by the side of the road and called an ambulance, I didn’t want to get into the ambulance. I fought back, telling them I wanted my dog.”

Marietjie was taken to the hospital in Vrede where doctors examined her but she was discharged the same day. She and Aniké went back to the accident scene to search for Brakkies.

In the two months since the accident Marietjie has been back to the accident scene three times, hoping she could find Brakkies in the area. She’s also approached several community forums, local residents and newspapers in her search for Brakkies, but to no avail.

“I live in the hope that I’ll find him. We’ve made so many posters and distributed so many flyers . . . Surely there must be someone out there who’s seen Brakkies.

“How can I go on with my life not knowing where he is? He was like my baby – he went everywhere with me.

“All I want is peace. I just want to know if someone found him and gave him a lovely home, or even if he’s dead.

“The way things are now I can’t find closure, not knowing what happened to him.

“Because I’m holding on to hope until I find answers, there can be no healing. My heart is broken. I’ll never stop searching. Never.”

Many good Samaritans from all over have contacted Marietjie wanting to help. Some even offered money she could use as a reward for any information about Brakkies’ whereabouts.

“A stranger wanted to give me R5 000 – I couldn’t believe it. People’s compassion means the world to me. But I tell them every time, ‘Thank you, it’s touching, but I don’t want your money – I just want my dog back’.”

Anyone with any information about Brakkies (see pictures) can email Marietjie at marietjiedelange1951@gmail.com.

 

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