GREENSBORO, N.C. – When Peggy Turner's husband died in a motorcycle crash in 2012, she got two dogs to help her cope.
"To have someone happy to see me come home," Turner said. "My daughter's up at school, so without these dogs, this house would be quiet."
But Thursday, she said one of her Havanese dogs, Sadie, was stolen from her home on Howell Place, off of Lawndale Drive in Greensboro.
"Trying to get your footing after losing a spouse is so terribly difficult," Turner said. “And just when I feel like I'm getting a sure foot underneath me -- then someone comes and takes something so precious to me."
Turner said she returned home from work around 3:30 p.m. and found that the back door to her house had been broken.
She noticed wrapped Christmas presents torn up, and immediately wondered why the dogs hadn't come to greet her.
She said she then found one of them, Teddy, locked in her bedroom closet.
But Sadie was nowhere.
"She means everything to me," Turner said. "No questions asked, just please bring her home."
Turner also discovered that $1,600 in cash was missing, as well as her jewelry, much of which was family heirlooms, including her wedding ring.
And to add to the heartache, she said a box of cards and letters from her late husband was taken.
"They took things that are junk to them. Letters, cards, that mean nothing to them. But they were my love letters from him. One of them, I used to read. It said - 'I will love you until the day I die,'" she said.
More than anything, Turner said she needs her dog Sadie back.
"It's my hope that, if we don't get her back that somebody loves her," said Turner's daughter Megan.
But to love her more than they do -- "impossible."
The Turners are offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of Sadie, a 2 to 3-year-old Havanese female. Turner said her wedding ring is engraved with the words "I love you" and her wedding date, 12-22-92.