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Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Ginger", DSH, Tortoise Shell, Santa Clara

Ginger is a spayed four year old indoor only Tortoise Shell DSH. She has no collar, but does have a microchip. She was last seen one week ago inside the apartment last thing at night. She was not in the apartment the next morning. She does have access to a balcony on the second story of the apartment. Her person found out after she went missing that she does visit her next door neighbor via a connector of the two balconies. She may have slipped from the second story while attempting to visit the neighbor.

There was a possible sighting of Ginger two days before my search as she ran along the outside of the basketball court, which is on the edge of the apartment complex. Dot confirmed that the cat seen was Ginger.

While on the search, Dot found a dog hiding in a large drainage pipe alongside the railroad track. We could not see the dog since there was a lot of brush covering it, plus the dog was deep inside the pipe. After I pulled her out, we could see that she could not stand due to an injury on her hind end. We called animal control and they quickly came out. I called the next day and I was told she was euthanized due to a broken back and two broken legs. She was very emaciated and thirsty. She may have been in that pipe for several days, unable to move.

Based on Ginger's track it looks like she was picked up somewhere prior to Alviso, maybe along the canal.

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Total Distance: 28.85 km (17.9 mi)
Total Time: 6:44:29
Moving Time: 3:54:28
Average Pace: 14.02 min/km (22.6 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.13 min/km (13.1 min/mi)
Min Pace: 4.44 min/km (7.2 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -71 m (-232 ft)
Max Elevation: 74 m (243 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1220 m (4003 ft)
Max Grade: 19 %
Min Grade: -10 %
Recorded: Fri Jun 25 14:46:39 PDT 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Blackberry", DSH, Black, Los Gatos

Blackberry is an 18 year old black DSH. He has no collar or microchip. He was last seen around midnight at Sunday on the front porch when his person came home. He was not there in morning when she woke up.

Her neighbor reported seeing a coyote with a small animal in its mouth that morning around 5 AM in front of her house after being woken by some very loud crows. The neighbor could not see what type or color of animal was in the coyote's mouth. Later that day, another neighbor reported seeing that same morning some type of deceased animal on her front lawn, but she also could not tell what type of animal it was.

Blackberry's person thought that the two animals seen that morning might  have been Blackberry.

According to the track neither animal was Blackberry since his track led away from the house and continued for several miles. See track below.

My best guess at this point is that Blackberry may have been chased from the house sometime in the middle of the night. His schedule was very consistent from day to day.

Day #1 Search:

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Total Distance: 17.60 km (10.9 mi)
Total Time: 4:54:06
Moving Time: 2:13:14
Average Pace: 16.71 min/km (26.9 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.57 min/km (12.2 min/mi)
Min Pace: 1.06 min/km (1.7 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -104 m (-341 ft)
Max Elevation: 118 m (386 ft)
Elevation Gain: 950 m (3118 ft)
Max Grade: 20 %
Min Grade: -48 %
Recorded: Thu Jun 24 10:37:31 PDT 2010

Day #2 Search:

Due to the extreme heat that day of almost 95, we did a variety of short tracks along Blossom Hill Road and Almaden Expressway and then driving in an air conditioned car and then getting out and checking if the scent was still there and then following it along the way. I switched the dogs back and forth while I walked. Since he had traveled those long roads, we were able to jump ahead in the track faster than walking. Still no positive sightings. He is probably traveling at night which enables him to walk these busy roads quite fast. 

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Total Distance: 23.98 km (14.9 mi)
Total Time: 5:13:10
Moving Time: 2:40:38
Average Pace: 13.06 min/km (21.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 6.70 min/km (10.8 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.88 min/km (1.4 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -225 m (-738 ft)
Max Elevation: 159 m (521 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1041 m (3417 ft)
Max Grade: 150 %
Min Grade: -5 %
Recorded: Mon Jun 28 09:59:50 PDT 2010

Day #3 search: (Positive and confirmed sighting of Berry!)

We started the search in the neighborhood where we last stopped. Berry's person had distributed flyers and talked to a lot of people in the area, asking if they had seen him around. There were two positive sightings of Berry, both within a block of each other. We went to the last one and started there. The woman said she had seen a black cat she did not recognize on her deck in her backyard around 10 PM both Monday and Tuesday nights. We had stopped the last track on Monday afternoon in that area, so it was very encouraging. 

I took Dino out and brought him to the yard, had him check the whole area and then took him to the center and said "search." He made a beeline to the back fence, which led to a canal area. The rest of the fences on her yard were very tall (eight to ten feet tall)  and sturdy, but the fence to the canal was only about six feet tall and there were trees that rested against it. We went into the canal and Dino indicated that Berry's scent went back out onto the street and continued from there. See the track below. 

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Total Distance: 28.70 km (17.8 mi)
Total Time: 4:43:37
Moving Time: 2:52:38
Average Pace: 9.88 min/km (15.9 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 6.01 min/km (9.7 min/mi)
Min Pace: 1.07 min/km (1.7 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -11 m (-36 ft)
Max Elevation: 99 m (323 ft)
Elevation Gain: 928 m (3043 ft)
Max Grade: 8 %
Min Grade: -9 %
Recorded: Thu Jul 01 15:51:02 PDT 2010

Day #4 Search:

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Total Distance: 20.16 km (12.5 mi)
Total Time: 3:30:22
Moving Time: 1:57:48
Average Pace: 10.43 min/km (16.8 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 5.84 min/km (9.4 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.59 min/km (0.9 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -7 m (-22 ft)
Max Elevation: 41 m (135 ft)
Elevation Gain: 529 m (1737 ft)
Max Grade: 3 %
Min Grade: -5 %
Recorded: Fri Jul 02 14:42:11 PDT 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Lukas", Yorkshire Terrier, Fairfax - Found!

Lukas is a four year old Yorkshire Terrier. He was staying with his person's mom. The mom went out of town for a couple of days and had a neighbor come by to feed Lukas and the other dog. While the caretaker was at the house, Lukas slipped out the front door. He is microchipped and wearing a collar with ID tag. The number on the tag was the cell phone of the wife of Lukas's person, who was out of the country with her cell phone. Lukas' person confirmed that if somebody tried to call that number, it would state that the number they are trying to reach is out of the service area.

There had been no sightings of Lukas or phone calls since he went missing. I was called on a Saturday, but was not available to do their search until Wednesday due to a full schedule. I did recommend that they get that cell phone number forwarded to another cell phone number that is local. He said he would work on it.

I received a call from Lukas' person that Lukas had been found. He had been picked up about a mile from the house he disappeared from. The person who picked him up lived in Modesto, and was traveling through the area. She told Lukas' person that she had arrived on the scene after Lukas was hit by a car, and she took Lukas to Modesto with her, apparently telling the people at the scene that Lukas was her's and she had been out looking for him. She said she called the number on the tag several times, but only received the "out of service area" message. She said she never took Lukas to a vet because she thought they would put him to sleep due to his injuries. She said she checked him for a microchip and never found one. She never posted any ads, nor contacted any shelter or vets anywhere in Marin.

My belief was that she wanted to keep Lukas.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Raymond", Doberman, Los Gatos - Found!

September 1, 2010

"To the person who is looking for their beloved pet I would not have found my 
dear Raymond without Jackie and the Social Pet.  With all the help and tips in 
the "pet detective" section to the actual tracking with her two dogs.  We 
tracked for 2 days and if it wasn't for Jackie, we would not have known to distribute 
fliers in that particular area.  I can honestly say that without Jackie and her 
two dogs, Dot and Dino we would not have found my guy!!!!!!  Thank you so much 

Wednesday Dull
San Jose, CA"

As of September 1, 2010 Raymond's name was changed to "Moses." I think this suites him very well!

I received this email on 7/4/10 from Raymond's people:

"Dear Friends of Raymond,

Just a short little update to let all know how our guy is doing after being back with us for a bit more than a week....

He's (and we are) doing great.  Still extremely shy of men (including Tom) and new people in general, but - 

This week Wend took him to the one place we can let him run (he clearly loves to run and chase) & play safely with a furry girlfriend of his.  He wagged his tail the first time we've witnessed and even got into the 'let's play' (pounce) position.  Image attached.

Last night at the same play area (and with Tom being careful to not look at him at all and lying completely prone in the grass), Raymond actually came up to Tom twice - to check him out and allow some face rubbing.  Not too much, but big progress.

In the meantime, he continues eat voraciously and drink water like a normal creature.

We are confident he is going to have a happy life and look forward to finding a way for each of you to meet with him individually at some point.  We don't think a party would be the right move with him, but if any of you want to propose a time to stop by for a 'quiet & calm' (and relatively short) meeting, just let us know."

I received the following email from Raymond's person a couple of days after he got back home:

"Jackie, hi, he is actually bouncing back very quickly.  Can't get enough food, which is new for him, we couldn't get enough calories in him before.  Granted he hadn't eaten for 8 days, but this is different, he will now eat in front of us and take treats. He will even chew on a rawhide now....go figure.  In answer to your question, he lost between 8 and 10 pounds.  He was 45 pounds when he got home.  You could lie your finger in between each of his ribs and his spinal cord and hip bones were very prominent.  He slept all day yesterday but was much more active today.  We are enjoying having him with us and my horse is happy to have his mom back too.  Thank you for all your help.....your website is also invaluable, thank you.  Today I spent a lot of the day taking signs down.....sure feels a lot better than putting UP signs.  Take care Jackie.

P.S. Give Dino And Dot a smooch from Raymond"

At about 9 PM on the night of the second search, I received a call that Raymond had been found! His people had received a call a couple of hours earlier that a woman found Raymond in her backyard when she got home from work. She said she didn't know how he got in there since there was no way for him to get inside. She had seen his flyer in her neighborhood, which was near Leigh High School, where we had tracked him to the first day. Raymond's people said they would have never have put flyers and posters in that area if it was not for us tracking him to that area on the first day.

First day's notes:

Raymond is a four year old Doberman with natural ears and tail. His people have only had him for less than a month. He got loose while on a walk and was dragging a nylon leash and is wearing a collar with tags and he is microchipped. He got loose on a Wednesday afternoon and was spotted that same afternoon two hours later. We started the search based on a sighting from that following Saturday night at midnight. We ended the search several hours later in 90 degree heat all the way in San Jose at Leigh High School.

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Total Distance: 18.64 km (11.6 mi)
Total Time: 4:55:15
Moving Time: 2:50:44
Average Pace: 15.84 min/km (25.5 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.16 min/km (14.7 min/mi)
Min Pace: 4.76 min/km (7.7 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 33 m (108 ft)
Max Elevation: 202 m (663 ft)
Elevation Gain: 627 m (2057 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Mon Jun 21 10:32:34 PDT 2010

Day #2 Search: (first part of search)

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Total Distance: 19.83 km (12.3 mi)
Total Time: 5:02:31
Moving Time: 2:37:40
Average Pace: 15.25 min/km (24.5 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.95 min/km (12.8 min/mi)
Min Pace: 1.17 min/km (1.9 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 173 m (569 ft)
Max Elevation: 768 m (2519 ft)
Elevation Gain: 868 m (2848 ft)
Max Grade: 4 %
Min Grade: -5 %
Recorded: Wed Jun 23 08:33:01 PDT 2010

Day #2 (second part of the search)

We started the search at this spot based on a sighting at the top of the trailhead the previous day at 11 AM. While we were deep inside the open space at the top of the trail, Raymond's person received a call that Raymond had been spotted early that morning at 5:30 AM at the intersection of Harwood and Blossom Hill, which is a few blocks from Leigh High School. As soon as we could get back down to the bottom of the trail at Alma Bridge Road, we got a ride to that spot and restarted, which is the second track. That spot was only a few blocks from where Raymond was later found that night!

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Total Distance: 3.04 km (1.9 mi)
Total Time: 26:28
Moving Time: 22:24
Average Pace: 8.71 min/km (14.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.37 min/km (11.9 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.06 min/km (9.8 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 34 m (113 ft)
Max Elevation: 63 m (206 ft)
Elevation Gain: 95 m (310 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Wed Jun 23 14:25:20 PDT 2010

(entered into lost pet database 6/27/10)

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Fuzzy Wuzzy", DLH, Grey, Stockton

Fuzzy Wuzzy is 11 years old and spayed. She is not wearing a collar or a microchip. Her person went out at midnight to put garbage in the dumpster and when he got back she was still sitting on the doorstep, but then darted past him. He was not concerned since she is an indoor/outdoor cat back at home. He went out to check a couple more times and then went to bed. She did not return.

This track clearly indicates that Fuzzy had been picked up by a passer by at the corner of the apartment complex and was being carried during the track. I did indicate that she could escape from this person and then be loose on the street and possibly find her way home.

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Total Distance: 28.69 km (17.8 mi)
Total Time: 6:33:06
Moving Time: 4:03:20
Average Pace: 13.70 min/km (22.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.48 min/km (13.6 min/mi)
Min Pace: 4.09 min/km (6.6 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -44 m (-145 ft)
Max Elevation: -6 m (-18 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1062 m (3485 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Jun 17 11:17:14 PDT 2010

"Theo", DSH, Black, Morgan Hill - Found

June 30, 2010:
I received a call from Theo's person that she had continued to send out automated phone messages ( and to the area where we had last tracked Theo to. She received a call from two people on a court that they believe they saw a cat that looked like Theo, but the cat had been hit by a car and was deceased. 

They said that about three weeks prior to receiving the automated phone message, they had seen a cat on their street that was dead. They said they called animal control to pick it up, but after 24 hours, nobody responded. They said they took the body and disposed of it into their trash, without checking lost/found or looking for a microchip.

We went to the site of where the body was reported. We talked to two teenagers who said they saw the body, and they showed us where they saw it. They looked at the photo of Theo and said it looked like the cat they had seen in the street.

I took Dino out of the car and showed him the scent article. I took him to the perimeters of the area. He indicated that Theo's scent was all over the area. At this point, Theo's person told me that she had spoken to one of the neighbors and he confirmed that Theo was seen in the area, up and down the court and streets, for a couple of days.

We were eventually able to zero in on the area of the body where Dino indicated no scent in all directions, which means that Theo's scent would have stopped where the body lay. This is because when an animal becomes deceased, their scent stops. Dino got the sight of the body exactly, without me giving him any hint or indication in any way.

This is a great example of using the automated phone message services to get out information of the missing pet in a far reaching area. Theo was found within blocks of where we last tracked him to.

Details of first search:
Theo is three years old, 18lbs, neutered and all black with a few white hairs on his chest. He is microchipped, but has no collar. Normally he remains inside the house at night, but this night he got the slider up on the dog door and got out. They are not sure how he got out, but it could be by the balcony next to the yard or the hole under the fence in the back. He had been missing for over one week when I started the search.

Day #1 Search:

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Total Distance: 20.60 km (12.8 mi)
Total Time: 4:30:26
Moving Time: 2:44:03
Average Pace: 13.13 min/km (21.1 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.96 min/km (12.8 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.94 min/km (1.5 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 63 m (207 ft)
Max Elevation: 207 m (679 ft)
Elevation Gain: 711 m (2332 ft)
Max Grade: 2 %
Min Grade: -3 %
Recorded: Tue Jun 15 11:24:06 PDT 2010

Day #2 Search:

After Theo's people did a "Find" automated voice message service, they received a call from somebody who thought they saw Theo the night before at 10 PM on the sidewalk of an intersection far from where he ended the track the day before. We went to that intersection, and I brought out Dino, and Dino indicated that Theo's scent was there. We followed it for the second day's track. 

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Total Distance: 17.20 km (10.7 mi)
Total Time: 4:00:20
Moving Time: 2:15:01
Average Pace: 13.07 min/km (21.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.85 min/km (12.6 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.06 min/km (9.8 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 45 m (148 ft)
Max Elevation: 84 m (277 ft)
Elevation Gain: 593 m (1947 ft)
Max Grade: 1 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Wed Jun 16 15:19:04 PDT 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Skipperdee", Eastern box turtle, Moss Beach - Found!

The following email was received on August 23, 2010, from Skipperdee's person, a month and a half after he went missing:

"Dear Jackie,
In what I can only describe as a change of tides for us here in Moss Beach, Skipperdee was found along our driveway this morning by a friend. I can't believe it! He was covered in dirt, but seems healthy otherwise. We have an appointment with the vet tomorrow to be sure. Thanks so much for all of your help in the process of our losing and recovering two pets! We are thrilled to have Skipperdee back home."

My notes:
So, somebody carried him away, probably thinking he was abandoned, and then eventually brought him back to the area, when they saw the flyers. They left him on the beach where they found him, and he crawled back home.

(search details)
Skipperdee is a 35 year old box turtle, about 10 inches in diameter. Often times he has free roam of parts of the house or yard. This time, he wandered out of the yard, which is on the beach, sometime in the afternoon. He had been missing for about two days when I was called. A thorough search of the yard, driveway and nearby beach had not yielded Skipperdee. However, it was not unusual for him to disappear for a few hours and dig himself down somewhere in the dirt and earth around the house.

Skipperdee's people were out of the area when I came by, and I was assisted by a relative caring for the house.

Initially we found a track leading away from the deck and out to the yard and then to the beach. We did find his scent all the way down the beach and over rock. However, Neither one of us believed that he was capable of crossing the rock, so we figured that his scent from walking on the beach had been washed up and down on the beach and over the rock, which is what Dot was picking up. We checked the other end of the beach, but Dot said negative to that end. We did a thorough search of the whole yard and the perimeter of the house, which was quite extensive with a lot of very thick vegetation and bushes and trees and built alongside a very steep cliff, which was the road above. Dot said negative to all that area.

I took Dot back out to the yard which connects to the beach and had her search again, now that she had a full take on the yard to see if anything was different. This time, she indicated straight up the cliff, which leads to the street above. The house is on beach level. At that time, a set of stairs was being constructed from the road down to the beach, which was a public beach, but the stairs were not usable at that point. Alongside the stairs was a well worn area to climb up and down and that is where Dot went. Of course, I knew that Skiperdee had not climb up that cliff, but I guessed that he had been carried. I checked with her three times, and she still indicated that was the direction of the scent.

Once we got to the top, Dot indicated that the scent went to the right and through neighborhoods eventually out to Airport Blvd. This is where the map picks up.

They continued to search for Skipperdee and had flyers and posters and notices all over the coastal area.

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Total Distance: 19.53 km (12.1 mi)
Total Time: 5:01:31
Moving Time: 2:57:42
Average Pace: 15.37 min/km (24.7 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.10 min/km (14.6 min/mi)
Min Pace: 3.92 min/km (6.3 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -44 m (-144 ft)
Max Elevation: 12 m (38 ft)
Elevation Gain: 741 m (2431 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Tue Jun 08 10:49:01 PDT 2010

(entered into lost pet questionnaire 9/2/10)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Hazel", Pit Bull, San Francisco

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Total Distance: 29.03 km (18.0 mi)
Total Time: 6:21:29
Moving Time: 4:04:48
Average Pace: 13.14 min/km (21.1 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.43 min/km (13.6 min/mi)
Min Pace: 4.76 min/km (7.7 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -35 m (-114 ft)
Max Elevation: 77 m (253 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1211 m (3974 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sat Jun 05 10:28:02 PDT 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

"Charlie", Wirehaired Fox Terrier, South Lake Tahoe

Search #1 (June 3, 2010)

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Total Distance: 23.13 km (14.4 mi)
Total Time: 4:29:19
Moving Time: 3:13:15
Average Pace: 11.35 min/km (18.3 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.35 min/km (13.4 min/mi)
Min Pace: 4.68 min/km (7.5 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 1869 m (6133 ft)
Max Elevation: 1994 m (6542 ft)
Elevation Gain: 939 m (3082 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Jun 03 12:14:11 PDT 2010

Search #2 (June 7, 2010)

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Sandy", German Shorthair Pointer, Santa Cruz - Found!


After being missing for 6 days, Sandy came through his doggy door today just before 12:30 P.M.  Since he was unable to walk on his right foot my son Joseph & I rushed him to the vet, & are suppose to be able to get him back at 4:00 P.M. today.  Sandy's lost over 12# (since Sandy actually gained a few pounds since the last time he was at the vet, he probably actualy lost over 14#).  In addition, he has some ticks, needs antibiotics, & is lightly skunked.  No broken bones, but an extremely swollen ankle that's infected with lots of fluid at the joint.  We had to leave him at the vet . . . & need to go back & pick him up at 4:00 P.M..
Actually I was on my computer filing more lost dog reports when I suddenly realized that he was standing beside me panting heavily.
I guess Sandy is a lot smarter than we thought to find his way home again.  

Thanks Again, 

No track available due to battery problem with phone. Might have fixed after track.

Sandy is a microchipped five year old German Shorthair Pointer, and he is wearing a collar with ID tags. He is also wearing an electronic shock collar since he has a tendency to take off and explore the surrounding area. He has always returned in the past. He had been missing for a couple of days when I was called. There were no sightings of Sandy.

We started at his  house and found out how he left the fenced property. The track lead around the area for several miles and then went out to the main highway and continued all the way into the city of Santa Cruz, at which point I was asked to stop. They said they would continue to search for Sandy on their own. I received the above email a couple of days after our search.