LAKE OSWEGO -- To say that Evelyn and Jerry Walton's home is a shrine to their purebred Pomeranian would be an understatement.
Princess has not one, but two beds. And there are photos of her all over the house.
"I'm telling you she's our life," said Jerry.
Over the last couple of years the 11-year-old pup has taken on an even greater importance. She is a companion to Jerry who is battling cancer.
"She's just a nice, sweet little girl," added Jerry.
Perhaps that explains why the Walton's home all of a sudden feels empty. Sometime early Monday morning, Princess used the dog door to go outside where, according to the Waltons she was stolen.
"Maybe they held her mouth shut so she couldn't bark anymore," said Evelyn. "Maybe they had something they could put over her face."
"We think the dog was taken," said Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "We don't have any reason to think otherwise."
Authorities believe this because the fence is too tall for Princess to jump over. And there is no way she could have dug her way out.
"Getting this animal back to its owner as soon as possible is something we all want," said Phillips.
Evelyn and Jerry Walton want it, too.
They left Princess' area the way she left it, with a half eaten bowl of food. All they need is for Princess to come home.
"I just want her back," said Jerry.
If you have any information about this case you are urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
The Waltons said Princess also has several medical issues that require her to have special medication.