PLATTSBURGH - Snowball the bunny is missing.
The Juneau family held a garage sale at their LaBarre Street home Aug. 28 and that was the last day they saw what had been an important stuffed animal companion to 6-year-old Adam Juneau.
Debbie Juneau, Adam's mother, said her son had been showing Snowball to some children visiting the garage sale and had inadvertently left her on the checkout table. Debbie believes Snowball was accidentally bagged up with a customer's purchase and may well be still in a bag sitting in someone's vehicle or home.
"Needless to say, my son is completely heartbroken," said Debbie. "And, to an ordinary person, Snowball would mean nothing. But, to Adam, she's the world."
Spotting Snowball shouldn't be difficult because she's not your average looking stuffed bunny, said Debbie. The white rabbit is draped in beads made in Adam's kindergarten class on the 100th day of school last year, wrapped around her ears like a ponytail. She was also wearing a bead necklace made with an "A" on it around her neck and a navy blue "Mr. Mischievous" T-shirt with a yellow smiley face on that was Adam's as a baby.
"She's a unique looking bunny," Debbie said, laughing for a moment before turning more emotional. "So, there were some meaningful things that were on her that can't be replaced."
Upon hearing of Adam's loss, a woman and her three sons stopped by the Juneau home with a special surprise for Adam - another stuffed bunny named Buttercup. Though Buttercup can't replace Snowball, Debbie said her son was very appreciative for his new friend when he found it waiting for him at home after soccer practice.
"I was so touched that complete strangers would do such a thing," said Debbie. "It was so thoughtful of them."
However, in the meantime, the Juneaus are still searching for Snowball.
When asked if there was something he specifically wanted to say to whomever may have Snowball, Adam's response was simple and to the point.
"I need Snowball home so we can play some games ... Snowball is very special. Please bring her back," he said. "When Snowball comes home, mommy, daddy, Snowball and I are going to have a big hug."
Anyone with any information about Snowball's whereabouts may contact Debbie at 534-5234.