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Friday, September 10, 2010

"Jackson", Brown Tabby, DSH, Los Altos

Jackson is a 13 year old brown tabby DSH. He does not have a collar, but he does have a microchip. His people had just moved into their new home that day. Jackson and his housemate were put out in one of the side yards and then the people left for a couple of hours. When they got back only the other cat was there and Jackson was gone. They looked all over the place, but could not find him. He was missing for about a week when I was called.

The day I got there, their second cat did not come back the previous night. They did hear a type of cat scuffle in their yard the previous night, but all they saw was a large black cat with a collar on it. I asked if they knew of a territorial cat in the neighborhood that might have come into the yard. They thought they knew of the cat in question who lived across the street. I thought that that cat might have established their yard previously as part of his territory, and when they moved in, he chased away their cats.

We followed Jackson's track out of the neighborhood and around a nearby court and then out of the area again. From here it went straight into a neighborhood creek and then up some stairs and through a yard. It was here that a woman said she recognized Jackson as a cat she saw on her street just two days prior on that Tuesday evening around 9 PM. We were doing the search on Thursday afternoon. We went to that spot and Jackson's track was there.

From here the track went for several miles all around the area including a shopping center and a school and then down a busy street. Once we got to the busy street, it click in my head that we might be following Jackson's track with him being picked up and walking with a human. Suddenly the track jutted off to the left, across some grass and down some stairs to a below ground area just outside the YMCA. This was not a public entrance. From here the track went up again another set of stairs and back into the park following along the paved paths. We thought that a person may have rested there at the bottom of the stairs since nobody would see them. After resting they went into the park and at this point Jackson's person stopped the track, and we walked back. They said they would continue to look for him and his housemate.

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Total Distance: 11.57 km (7.2 mi)
Total Time: 3:02:41
Moving Time: 1:40:52
Average Pace: 15.79 min/km (25.4 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.72 min/km (14.0 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.06 min/km (9.8 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 3 m (10 ft)
Max Elevation: 64 m (209 ft)
Elevation Gain: 477 m (1566 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Sep 09 13:59:26 PDT 2010