News in brief: Appeal for missing dog, doors open event

A family have appealed for help after their beloved family pet went missing while they were on holiday beside Loch Long.

The Bernese Mountain dog has been missing for four days, and its owners the Meredith family have become increasingly worried about its safety, especially since it does not know the area.

‘Beluga’ has an identity chip which has the owners’ surname and became ‘spooked’ while on a walk, running off down a track toward the beach.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call 07773 732 190.

Update: Beluga was found today safe and well (Sunday).

Argyll and Bute Council and the Helensburgh Heritage Trust are looking for local property owners to get involved in the annual Doors Open Day on September 23 and 24.

Organised by the Scottish Civic Trust, it is Scotland’s largest festival celebrating heritage and the built environment and offers free access to over 1,000 venues across the country.

People are able to explore unusual or unexpected buildings and places which are normally closed to members of the public.

Fergus Murray, the council’s head of economic development and strategic transport, said:

“We are happy to support the Helensburgh Heritage Trust in taking part in Doors Open Day this year by developing the number of venues available to visit across Helensburgh and Lomond.

“We have already had a number of local property owners saying they would like to participate but we are keen to hear from others.”