Dog biscuits in the front driveway of friendly English bulldog Buddha's Kamo home may be a clue to his disappearance on New Year's Eve.
Owner Kimberly Te Haara, said he would "go to anyone, with or without food".
Kimberly and her partner acquired Buddha as a pup two and a half years ago and he is much-loved in their household.
They left him at their Scotia Place home when they took a New Year break, with Kimberly's sister agreeing to feed the dog for the couple of days they were away.
When they returned last Wednesday the woman next door greeted them with the news about the dog biscuits which had been scattered in her driveway as well as theirs.
"And when we looked over the fence we couldn't see Buddha," Kimberly said.
"It feels terrible to have your dog taken, especially when you are pregnant."
She is expecting her first child in April.
She and her partner have called in police to help find Buddha and are offering a reward for his recovery.
"We miss him - home is just not the same without your dog," Kimberly said.
Anyone with information about the missing bulldog should call the Whangarei Police Station on (09) 430 4500.