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Friday, July 3, 2009

"Hannah", Akita, Oakland Hills

Hannah is a 14 year old, black and white, 100lb Japanese Akita. She is not wearing any collar and is not microchipped. She recently had started to have seizures. She disappeared from her home sometime in the middle of the night sometime between 2 AM and 7 AM. She had been getting sick and her people let her out into the front yard. She walked away from the front yard through the open gate. According to her people her eyesight and hearing were also fading. She had been missing for several days when I was called.

Their original idea was that Hannah had fallen down somewhere on the steep cliffs surrounding her home. Her people had scoured the hills and canyons for blocks around their home, but never found her.

We started the track by searching the area immediately surrounding their home, but did not find her. We started to search up the street and checked numerous homes and yards. Hannah had been walked all around the area several times a week in various directions, so it took us some time to eliminate where no scent existed. All along the way, wherever we found scent I would ask Hannah's person if this was part of their regular walking routine, and she would say yes or no. We finally found one direction of Hannah's scent that she indicated was not part of their regularly routine. We found that track leading away from the house and down to Moraga Avenue and then into Montclair District.

The track led into a small community park, around the duck pond and then out to the far end, continuing down into Montclair. At this point, Hannah's person decided to stop the track at the three hour minimum and head back home.

Once home I explained everything that had happened to the husband and he said they would follow up on the track and the direction we found. I suggested to contact the Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo animal shelters to see if she had been picked up since the track was several days old. I also suggested contacting a local Akita rescue to let them know she was missing and to see if anybody had reported her.

I happened to run across a rep/volunteer from a local Akita rescue person on another track while in San Francisco and I explained to her about Hannah being missing. I forwarded to Hannah's person their information. I have not heard back anything following the search.

(entered into lost pet questionnaire 4/7/11)