CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A woman fighting stage four breast cancer has a new burden to carry.
The family dog, a Pomeranian named Lion, is missing and the family gets more worried with every hour that passes.
"I am really, really concerned if he is being taken care of at this moment," said Kisha Buckingham who lives in the University area.
Anyone who loves a pet knows what that is like.
"I have four children. He is my fifth child. He is not just my dog," she said.
Kisha is fighting cancer while trying to make a normal life for her children. She says Lion was a comfort and a friend.
Buckingham says Lion got out of a gate in the yard and wandered away.
When they could not find him, the family started putting up posters around the neighborhood.
They finally found a man working on W.T. Harris Boulevard who said he had seen Lion and a woman who had stopped to pick him up.
"She either almost hit him or he almost got hit by traffic but she stopped, put him in her car and asked him if he knew the dog. He said ‘no’," Buckingham said.
The family has no idea who the woman was and that was the last anyone saw of Lion.
Buckingham's 12-year-old son Dorian, tried to fight back tears, saying, "he is like a brother to me."
His 11-year old sister, Alicia said, "I really want my dog back and I don't think that he is safe right now.”
The dog has not turned up at Animal Control and while Lion is not wearing tags, he does have a microchip.
All little Dorian knows is that he will have trouble sleeping without his friend.
"It is not going to be the same without him sleeping in my room," he said.