Please Help Me Find Dante

Dante has been missing since August 12, last seen at Lake Cachuma.

Derick Holcomb

Dante has been missing since August 12, last seen at Lake Cachuma.

It's been a month, but my dog, Dante, is still missing. He was taken from me on the morning of August 12 at Lake Cachuma while my family was on a camping trip. My grandma attended the camp-out, the first time we had all camped together, and in total, we had nine people and eight dogs, all having a great time until the abduction.

Dante is a five-and-a-half year old Dachshund, incredibly personable, good-looking, and microchipped. He's small for a standard Dachshund, weighing in at 20 pounds. He's got short legs and a strong build, as well as distinctive coloring and a striking widow's peak.

We were doing the final rounds of packing, so Dante was in a pen with my parents' two rescue dogs and my brother's dog. I've had Dante since he was a puppy. He's a really good dog and usually follows me around on free rein. The other dogs are smaller than Dante.

It's highly unlikely Dante was snatched up by a predator, a ranger said, since the campsite at Lake Cachuma is on a peninsula that extends into the lake. We phoned the sheriff to report Dante was missing.

If you have him or see my boy, please call me: (805) 807-2811. No questions asked, there is a $1,000 reward for Dante's safe return. He is incredibly loved.