OVIEDO, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - At a Dairy Queen in Oviedo, ice cream cones are swirled to perfection, with the help of a pink-spotted dog sitting nearby.
The dog, nicknamed by the restaurant “Lovely,” is a stuffed animal looking for her long lost owner. The store’s manager, Ryan Allen, is now looking for the dog’s owner, a little girl who left "Lovely" behind by accident.
“When you're a kid, your stuffed animal is like their pets or their best friend. It’s defiantly heartbreaking to know that there's some child out there that's missing their loved one,”he said. “They ate ice cream and she left it on the bench, and then they left.”
The store, taking to their Facebook page, saying “We know there is probably a sad kid out there missing their friend. Trying to find the owner of this super cute pup."
That could have been the end of it, but the posts didn't stop there.
“Day two: still haven't found my person, but the people watching me have lots of ice cream. Miss my kid though, waiting patiently for you to come back for me. #lostlovely.”
That post shared over 1,000 times.
“I mean if free cone day only got six shares and this little puppy dog got a thousand, that says a lot,” the store posted the following day, which it continued to do, throughout the week.
"Day four: got to play outside today, reminded me of the times we went to the park together. Not a moment passes by without the thoughts of you in my mind. "
It’s now day five, and still no owner. The family, believed to be from Florida, stopped in last week but missed the manager and couldn’t find "Lovely." Allen said he’s hoping they come back.
“If they stopped here once...hopefully they'll stop in again.”