FERNDALE, Mich. -

A dog that went missing from its Ferndale home last weekend is a special pet.

Miles is a 3-year-old Yorkie Bichon mix. Jessie Clemmons said the family let Miles out Sunday afternoon to do his business.

"And within 8 or 10 minutes, I came out and he wasn't out in the back no more," Clemmons said.

Miles' disappearance was a loss for the family because he is the special pet of 11-year-old Jessie, who has a severe form of autism.

Erika Clemmons says Miles is very important to her son.

"Jessie, being non-verbal, it's hard to have any friends when he can't talk and Miles is his only friend," Clemmons said.

Miles does have tags with a name and address.

Jessie Clemmons said his son misses Miles and if anyone took Miles, they should know what they have done to the family.

"He's my autistic son's best friend and my son can't talk and they communicate together, When you took him you hurt everybody in the house and we just wish you  bring him back," Clemmons said.

Signs with Miles' picture and the Clemmons family phone number have been posted around their Ferndale neighborhood in hopes Miles will return home soon.