How to Contact Me!

Feel free to contact me anytime at 510/415-6185 or or view my website:

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Pukkie", Terrier/Poodle mix, White, Berkeley

11/15/10 - still missing

Pukkie's Facebook page:

Pukkie is a neutered two year old Terrier/Poodle mix. He is wearing a collar with ID tags, but does not have a microchip.

He escaped from a dog walker on the first day of being with this person. He was off leash in a dog park area at Cesear Chavez park in Berkeley. He was missing for 10 days when I started the search. He was seen running out of the park area and across the highway on an overpass. For the next 10 days there were various possible and unconfirmed sightings of Pukkie.

When I arrived to meet Pukkie's people near the point of escape, we reviewed a map that had all of the possible sightings, with the most recent being the Monday of this week. The search was on a Thursday. There had been other possible sightings of Pukkie or look a likes, but there did appear to be a pattern of them from the previous Thursday to that Monday, around noon , all within an area of a couple of miles and still near the escape point. I decided to start at the most recent, which was on that past Monday.

We went to that spot, and we did find Pukkie's scent in that area. We followed that for several blocks, which is accurate per the GPS map. The track went straight into a BMW dealership mechanic shop, through the shop and then out a side door. From there it went around the back of the shop and all the way down to the end of the parking lot, which is a dead end, which bordered railroad tracks. This means that in the middle of the day on a Monday, Pukkie walked right through this busy place and nobody said or did anything.

From here it appeared that Pukki got stuck in this area. It appeared he tried to get out of the area, but couldn't find a way out. A lot of BMW cars were parked here, and it is my guess that Pukkie hid underneath the cars and could have been trapped in overnight. The scent seemed to go around and around and around in the area with no way out. We finally did find the track further back down toward how we came in and then out the side of another gate, out of the BMW parking lot.

From here the track went onto the street and immediately into another gated lot. We talked to a maintenance person and he said that the gates open Monday through Friday at 6 AM. We went through the property and then out onto the street again and through some fencing onto the railroad tracks. From here he went around the tracks and past a cat feeding station, that appeared to not have been filled up or touched for several days.

The track then went into a chemical plant under a gate. I waited outside while Pukkie's person went inside to get permission to enter. We were not allowed to enter, so we had to walk all the way around to the sidewalk outside the plant and pick up the scent there, which we did. However from there, Pukkie entered a massive Bayer facility on Grayson Street. We talked to security, but they would not allow us to come in for any reason.

After about 45 minutes of talking to various security (since we were told to ask another location, but eventually still denied entry), we decided to check the perimeter of the plant and find his track leading out. We did find his track coming out of one of the large gates and we continued to follow it from there around the Bayer facility and continued through Berkeley.

Eventually we crossed over the highway again and back into the Marina district, near where Pukkie was lost. The track went near the park, but then turned away and back toward the frontage road and highway. Here the track continued for several miles along the frontage road and walking path, all the way into Emeryville.

Here is were track #2 picks up.

We followed the track into a business park and around. Here we had a confirmed sighting of a dog that looked like Pukkie just the day before, walking with a small grey dog, but it was unknown if it was morning or afternoon. We went to that spot and the dog's did pick up Pukkie's scent. From here it went all the way out to the tip of the point and marina.

Pukkie's person had a call from a person who said she thought she saw Pukkie just that morning at 2 AM in Oakland at 34th and Peralta, walking with two other dogs, one of them being a small grey dog, near a recycling center. Based on where we were on the point, that sighting was on a short drive away and definitely do-able in time for Pukkie.

We drove to that location, and the dog's did pick up Pukkie's scent. We continued the search from here and followed it several more miles across Mandela Parkway and down near the old, abandoned railroad station just near the 980 on ramp and Grand Avenue. One person we talked to who lived in the area, said that packs of dogs were known to roam.

Here we stopped the search as we were loosing daylight. They would continue the search for Pukkie.

Pukkie track #1:

View Pukkie 1 in a larger map

Pukkie track #2:

View Pukkie 2 in a larger map

Total Distance: 6.28 km (3.9 mi)
Total Time: 1:31:07
Moving Time: 49:38
Average Pace: 14.50 min/km (23.3 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.90 min/km (12.7 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.14 min/km (9.9 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -49 m (-162 ft)
Max Elevation: 1 m (2 ft)
Elevation Gain: 239 m (785 ft)
Max Grade: -6 %
Min Grade: -9 %
Recorded: Thu Aug 26 16:22:58 PDT 2010

(entered into lost pet questionnaire 8/26/10)

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Chloe", Maltese/Poodle mix, Fresno - FOUND!

On Monday, August 29, 2011, I received a phone call from a man who said that he had Chloe in Irvine, CA. He said that he wanted to confirm with me that Chloe belonged to the people who I worked with on her search the previous year. It was a very confusing phone call. I was on another search at that time, and could not return his call immediately. That evening I call him back, but the voicemail box was full, so I could not leave a message. I called the alternate number, which was his office. I left a voicemail that I had received his message, and confirmed where Chloe lived. 

I raced home, and found my past notebook with Chloe's people's information. I immediately called them and spoke to Jacqueline, who was with me on the search. She confirmed that Chloe was found in Irvine by a couple who got Chloe, by then called Cookie, by a man who said he found Chloe in Fresno at an unknown time. Apparently, Chloe was very dirty and matted and not well cared for.

The couple was very cautious of this person, and did not know what to believe. Luckily, they did take Chloe from this man, and then took her to a vet for a checkup. At this point, this is when her microchip was found. Her family in Fresno was contacted immediately and informed of her location.

I posted this ad in Craigslist the day after I discovered Chloe was found:

Chloe is Found After A Year of Being Missing!!!!!!!!!!!!! (California)

Date: 2011-08-30, 10:36AM PDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Chloe, a one year old spayed, microchipped, Maltese/Poodle mix, went missing from her home in August 2010 in Fresno. She was wearing a collar with ID tags.

Me and my tracking dog, Dino, followed her around Fresno in 95 degree heat for several hours. The search was stopped by Chloe's person at a golf course, still in Fresno.

There were no further sightings or information of Chloe until two days ago. Her family received a call that Chloe was found, alive and well, in Irving, California. A man and his wife were approached by a man who showed them Chloe and gave her to them. This man's story was pretty far fetched, so it was hard to believe.

This couple took Chloe, named Cookie, to a vet for a check up. The vet scanned Chloe and found her microchip. Her family was contacted immediately and told of her whereabouts.

Her family is arranging a drive down to Irving from Fresno to pick her up.



Chloe is a spayed one year old maltese poodle cross. She is wearing a collar with ID tags and has a microchip. She disappeared from her home after she took herself for a walk, but did not come home or was not found by her people, like in the past. She disappeared on a Sunday, and on Wednesday there was a possible sighting of her in a shopping center about a mile from her home. A grocery store employee had seen the flyer in his employee break room after seeing her  running loose in the parking lot.

We started the search there to confirm if the dog seen was actually Chloe. The dogs indicated that it was her and started to follow the track around the shopping center and then continued for four more hours when Chloe's people called off the search.

The temperature started at 85 degrees and when we stopped it was 95 degrees.

View Chloe in a larger map

Total Distance: 13.42 km (8.3 mi)
Total Time: 3:05:31
Moving Time: 1:52:49
Average Pace: 13.82 min/km (22.2 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.40 min/km (13.5 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.06 min/km (9.8 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 41 m (135 ft)
Max Elevation: 90 m (296 ft)
Elevation Gain: 474 m (1555 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Fri Aug 20 11:07:54 PDT 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Ren", Boston Terrier, Brown/White, Moss Beach - Found!

*Three days after Ren disappeared, she reappeared in the yard where she disappeared. I received an elated text message from her caretaker telling me the good news.*

(Search details)
Ren is a two year old, spayed brown and white Boston Terrier. She is wearing a collar with ID tags and is microchipped. She was staying with some friends, and when she was left out into the yard, she chased some time of critter through the yard and into the thick brush. After several hours of looking and not finding her, the people went to sleep at about 3 AM. During this timeframe, Ren appears to have come back and roamed around the yard and eventually made her way back out and up the long driveway. I came out to do the search the next morning after she disappeared.

Her track showed that she roamed all around Moss Beach and Princeton-By-The-Sea for fifteen miles, covering many places she had previously walked with her people in the past. She even walked right past the home where she was staying at, and kept on going. Based on where she found her way back, she had continued to go around town and then figured out how to get back. Her caretaker said she would continue to walk around and drive around, hopefully putting down scent to give Ren a way back home.

View Ren in a larger map

Total Distance: 23.50 km (14.6 mi)
Total Time: 5:36:37
Moving Time: 3:26:19
Average Pace: 14.31 min/km (23.0 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.78 min/km (14.1 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.06 min/km (9.8 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -41 m (-135 ft)
Max Elevation: 24 m (79 ft)
Elevation Gain: 936 m (3071 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Aug 19 11:23:05 PDT 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Tiki", DSH, Grey Tabby with White, Palo Alto - FOUND!

Tiki is an indoor only spayed six year old DSH. She does not have a collar, but does have a microchip.

She opened the front door and escaped as her person was in another room. A few minutes after Tiki took off, a cat fight was heard out in front of her home. Her people looked all over for her, but could not find  her.

The GPS tracking stopped working while we were out in the far reaches of an open space. Looking at the map, our tracked continued along the same trail, all the way to the distant parking lot, then into the Google campus, including the large soccer field. At this point, it was getting dark, and we had to stop. The total distance was probably around twelve to thirteen miles. Her people are going to keep looking for her.

The blue pin off of Embarcadero, near the freeway is where we tracked her to a fence behind a house. Tiki went through a hole in the fence and onto the other side onto Sierra Court. Here the track continued.

View Tiki in a larger map

Saturday, August 7, 2010

"Kitty", White with Tabby Patches, DSH, Oakland

Kitty is an indoor/outdoor, spayed, four year old white with tabby patches. She is wearing a collar with ID tags, but is not microchipped. She was last seen one night about a week ago around 7 PM, by a person caring for her while her person was out of town. Her person did a very thorough job of putting up flyers in the neighborhood prior to me getting there.

Based on the track, it looked like she got chased from behind her apartment and then ran straight up Campus Drive

Total Distance: 13.55 km (8.4 mi)
Total Time: 3:35:01
Moving Time: 2:06:45
Average Pace: 15.87 min/km (25.5 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.35 min/km (15.1 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.18 min/km (9.9 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 94 m (307 ft)
Max Elevation: 298 m (977 ft)
Elevation Gain: 638 m (2092 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Fri Aug 06 16:04:19 PDT 2010

View Kitty in a larger map

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Koda", Grey/Brown Tabby with White, DSH, Granite Bay

Koda is an indoor/outdoor, six year old neutered grey tabby with white paws and chest. He is not wearing a collar and does not have a microchip. His people were on vacation for a few days, and a neighbor was coming by to care for Koda. Koda can enter and exit the house through two dog doors. The last time he was seen by the caretaker was sometime on a Wednesday or Thursday. His people came home from vacation on the following Monday.

The track we found below appeared to look like Koda regularly visited a school grounds across from his home and then the two big open fields behind the school. From there it looks like he got chased from there and then it appeared that he was bouncing around Granite Bay in different and various directions, obviously very lost.

View Koda in a larger map