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Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Kira", Korean Jindo, White, Daly City/San Francisco -Found!

I received this email from Kira's people about one week after the last email with the attached photo:
"Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.  And please find attached a recent picture of Kira - she seems to be progressing well recovering from surgery."

I received this email from Kira's people about one week after she was missing:

"Date: Sep 25, 2010 7:51 AM
Subject: Re: Kira
To: "Jacqueline Phillips" <>

We found her! A guard from the olympic club golf course called us at 4 am. He'd heard coyotes barking and had walked out to try to find them. Saw kira, herded her away from the street and into the golf course. Called us within 5 minutes. We got there in 10, and we found her within 5 minutes of calling - she peeked out from a bush and ran to christine.
We're at the vet now. She's skinny, but weighs more than when we adopted her.  X-ray suggests no break, but likely full patella dislocation and ligament tears.
Thanks again,"

I received this email almost a week after Kira's search:

"Hi Jackie,
Thanks for sending these over. I fear we won't see Kira again -- no calls, no sightings in a week. I think someone kidnapped her. We appreciate your effort, tho. Your dogs are remarkable."

I received this email a day after our search for Kira:

"Hi Jackie,
Just wanted to say thank you for your help yesterday.  While we have not found Kira yet, I know we have better information that we could have ever had without you and your wonderful dogs.

At your suggestion, I passed out flyers today to some of the schools, churches, UPS, USPS and also activated the phone tree service through

We will definitely keep you posted and if we get another sighting of Kira someplace new, we will definitely let you know.

Thanks again"

Kira is a spayed two year old, all white Korean Jindo. She is wearing a collar with ID tags, but does not have a microchip. She was adopted about one year ago through Jindo rescue.

Kira was being walked by a dog walker at Fort Funston when she got away and took off. The dog walker and many others walked all over the area, but could not find her. Kira had been to Fort Funston with her people many times, and knows the area well. She was lost on a Thursday afternoon/evening and I was called on Friday. I already had a search the next day in Sacramento, so I said I could come by on Sunday. I was told that two of Kira's leashes were found out on Skyline Blvd, just south of the entrance to Fort Funston.

I met them at Fort Funston and then went to the spot where the leashes were found. We found the track leading south down Skyline and then right into the parking lot of the beach entrance just south of the horse stables.

There was a confirmed sighting of Kira the day before. See the first blue pin. We were there as we came up from the beach. From there she eventually made her way back down to the beach and went all along for several miles. We stopped back at the parking lot in FF and got some food.

I suggested trying further down the beach at the first beach access to see if Kira had gone that far. We did go all the way to the start of the Great Highway and did find her track leading back toward FF. See track three.

When we got back to the parking lot, and it was getting dark, Kira's people called off the search and said they would continue on their own and would let me know about anything they find.

Track #1:

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Total Distance: 17.10 km (10.6 mi)
Total Time: 4:13:04
Moving Time: 2:41:17
Average Pace: 14.80 min/km (23.8 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.43 min/km (15.2 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.98 min/km (1.6 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -40 m (-131 ft)
Max Elevation: 177 m (580 ft)
Elevation Gain: 678 m (2224 ft)
Max Grade: 3 %
Min Grade: -1 %
Recorded: Sun Sep 19 10:46:53 PDT 2010

Track #2:

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Total Distance: 4.14 km (2.6 mi)
Total Time: 7:21
Moving Time: 6:30
Average Pace: 1.78 min/km (2.9 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 1.57 min/km (2.5 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.66 min/km (1.1 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -35 m (-113 ft)
Max Elevation: 20 m (67 ft)
Elevation Gain: 10 m (32 ft)
Max Grade: 3 %
Min Grade: -7 %
Recorded: Sun Sep 19 17:11:55 PDT 2010

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Total Distance: 6.47 km (4.0 mi)
Total Time: 1:35:36
Moving Time: 54:58
Average Pace: 14.78 min/km (23.8 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.50 min/km (13.7 min/mi)
Min Pace: 5.96 min/km (9.6 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -44 m (-145 ft)
Max Elevation: 34 m (110 ft)
Elevation Gain: 270 m (886 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sun Sep 19 17:24:01 PDT 2010