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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Anna", Collie, Los Gatos - Found!

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Total Distance: 1096.94 km (681.6 mi)
Total Time: 5:08:06
Moving Time: 2:20:01
Average Pace: 0.28 min/km (0.5 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 0.13 min/km (0.2 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.12 min/km (0.2 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 218 m (717 ft)
Max Elevation: 3630 m (11909 ft)
Elevation Gain: 4785 m (15700 ft)
Max Grade: 69 %
Min Grade: -51 %
Recorded: Wed Apr 07 14:23:23 PDT 2010

Testimonial to

We found my little rough collie Anna yesterday, Day 6, with the superb professional help of Jackie Phillips and her tracking team Dot and Dino (The Social Pet, I located Jackie through Lostapet's website. Anna slipped her collar while being walked on Summit Road in Los Gatos. For those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area, Summit Road is the extension of Skyline Boulevard running along the top ridge of the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Mountain Range. Right. Mountains, redwoods, ravines and rushing brooks after the major rainfall last weekend. You're lucky if you get a deer track, let alone a logging road or a paved road. Jackie and her team picked up Anna's scent from the last sighting, then four days old. We walked, hiked and stayed focused for six hours until nightfall. The next morning we were geared up for another full day of clambering over old logs, sliding on our rear ends over ferns - when I got a call. A neighbor had spotted Anna in his neighborhood, maybe a hundred yards from where we had started. I threw on my flipflops, put the morning toast into the car, and drove the 45 minutes to the spot. Drove....slowly....hollering...whistling...withe windows rolled down, and the smell of Anna's favorite buttered toast wafting through the neighborhood. Not every animal will recognize its owner after being lost, frightened and clearly traumatized for six days in storms, heavily travelled roads, no food and strangers. I knew that Jackie, Dot and Dino were on their way, just in case Anna would be too freaked out to come to me. Now try to imagine how I felt when I saw my little collie running after the car. And imagine me and Anna, sitting in the back of the Prius, snuggling and crying together. Many lessons learned. Just walking around with Jackie probably gave Anna the scent that I was nearby. My previous walks in the neighborhood may have contributed to Anna staying relatively nearby, or at least returning to the scene of the original squirrel chase. Jackie's focus and professionalism, and the team's superb capabilities, were simply outstanding. For those of you living through the strange agony of a lost pet, if you are living in the San Francisco Bay Area, you will get hope and real help when you call Jackie at The Social Pet. 

Search Details:
Anna is a four year old Sable and White Collie. She was not wearing her collar, but she is mirochipped. Anna was being boarded at Summit Vet at the far south end of Los Gatos on Summit Blvd. While taken out for a walk, she slipped out of her lead and took off across the highway. There were sightings of her for the next couple of days. We started our search from the last sighting on Saturday afternoon. We followed her track for miles in all directions that day. At the end of the day, it was getting dark and everybody was tired, we decided to call it for that day and restart the next morning.

On my drive back down to the area (about one and a half hours) I received a phone message that Anna had been found early that morning around 7 AM. See the above letter from Anna's person about the details on how she was found.

This was part of the search to where we tracked Anna. 

Dino, Dot and myself taking a break while looking for Anna.