American author Dennis Lehane, famous for writing Mystic River and Shutter Island, has promised to name a character in his next book after whoever helps him track down his pet Beagle Tessa.
In a message posted on Facebook, the novelist said the dog had jumped the fence at his home in Massachusetts, and had been "roaming through the wilds of Coolidge Corner" for the past few days.
Mr Lehane will no doubt be hoping to become the latest owner to be re-united with a pet through Facebook, after a black and white collie named Glen was found thirteen miles from the sport where he disappeared, having been spooked by a firework in Edinburgh on new year's eve.
Glen's owner Iain MacKinnon later received a phone call from a resident of Port Seton, East Lothian, who found the dog after seeing a message on the social networking site.
Naturally, the winter is a particularly difficult time for runaway dogs, who are likely to struggle to find the nourishment they need without a regular supply of top quality dog food.