TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The Daubenspeck home is often filled with many family members for Sunday dinner. Their dog, Baxter, is usually found sitting on the dining room bench, but now the bench is empty.
On Saturday July 13th, Baxter's owner, Jeanie, was painting the fence when she noticed a fox in her front yard, and her beloved dog ran after it.
"And I put my paint brush down, and went after him and they were gone," said Jeanie Daubenspeck.
Baxter chased the fox down the street and hasn't been seen again.
The family has posted signs of the 5-year-old 17 pound Silky Terrier all over the neighborhood.
"He's a fun loving little dog. If you open the door, he will go into your house and he make himself right at home," says Jeanie Daubenspeck.
"He's our baby," says Rick Daubenspeck, Baxter's second owner, as he sheds a few tears.
Taking care of Baxter wasn't so easy either, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called metastasizing melanoma last year.
"But I'm afraid that whoever finds him won't know that he has cancer and has special treatment," says Jeanie Daubenspeck.
The Daubenspeck family misses Baxter tremendously and they are hoping he makes a safe return home.
"He's just a big part of our family..a big part," says Jeanie Dauebnspeck.
"We're holding out hope," says Rick Daubenspeck.