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Friday, June 18, 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