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Monday, April 5, 2010

"Heather", Grey/White DLH, San Jose - Found!

Date: Tue, May 4, 2010 1:24 PM
Subject: HEATHER
To: "Jackie Phillips" <>

Hi Jackie-

I wanted to let you know that yesterday afternoon, Heather came home.  She looked pretty bad.  I took her to her Vet and seems to be doing okay today.  She was very skinny and very dehydrated.  I am shocked that she made it home in her condition.  She definitely used up a few of her lives.

I actually had a call from someone on Los Gatos Creek trail about 10 days ago claiming to have seen her before she even saw one of my flyers.  Saw her after seeing my poster and then made the connection that this was possibly her.  We pinpointed where she thought she saw her and went looking but did not see her.  So thank you for your assistance and suggestions on what do.  I learned alot and never gave up hope.  

San Jose"

Search Details:
Heather is an outdoor, eleven year old grey/white tabby DLH. She is not wearing a collar and does not have a microchip. She did not return home one morning as usual. Heather is a neighbor to "Molly" who disappeared in November 2009. Molly's person referred Heather's person to me to help them. 

I bring this up because Heather's disappearance was practically identical to Molly's. Heather was out at night, and was not known to leave her immediate limited court street. We found Heather's scent down the street to where the gate to the elementary school was locked. It looked like Heather went into the school and then came back out. From there the scent appeared to go around and around the end of the street and then went down the street and made the right out to the main street. Heather also disappeared the night that the trash cans are put out, just like Molly. 

From out at the main street, Heather's scent went down the street for many blocks, and then crossed into a park, through some neighborhoods and then out to the path leading up and down the extensive creek system known as Los Gatos Creek Trail. This trail leads for miles up and down through San Jose, Campbell, and Los Gatos. The track led in and out of homeless camps and then all the way down the trail to Campbell to the Campbell Park and then back to the Los Gatos Creek Trails.

To my recollection of Molly's track, Heather's track was identical, which told me that the same transient person who found Molly, also found Heather and transported her away. Like Molly, it appears she got away from this person and made the long trip back home. 

View Heather in a larger map
Total Distance: 12.74 km (7.9 mi)
Total Time: 3:10:05
Moving Time: 1:57:54
Average Pace: 14.92 min/km (24.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.26 min/km (14.9 min/mi)
Min Pace: 5.13 min/km (8.3 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -13 m (-42 ft)
Max Elevation: 40 m (131 ft)
Elevation Gain: 498 m (1633 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Mon Apr 05 14:43:22 PDT 201