For 10 years, the Budd family shared its life with Kaycee, a white and brown Lhasa Apso and Bichon Frise mix who belly-flopped in the water from their ski boat, loved to run on the beach and snored while she slept.
She has been like a person; she is not a dog, said Sharon Budd, a teacher at Lakeside Elementary School.
The Budds used to tell each other how much they would dread the day something would happen to their 15-pound treasure.
That day came recently when burglars added Kaycee to the stolen loot taken from their West Park home including two Apple laptops, three iPods, one flat-screen TV, gold jewelry and a pair of Nike running shoes.
Its like they took my child. Every day its tearing me apart. The house is too quiet now, said Sharon Budd. Its not like she is dead so we would have closure. She is lost somewhere out there. The unknown is killing me."
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