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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)