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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Kobe", DLH, Black and White, Marina - Found!

I received the following email on November 11:
"Kobe is HOME!!!!!. I found him under a house tonight. Thank you for all your prayers!"
He was found under a house in the surrounding neighborhood near the apartment complex.

Search Details:
Kobe is a one and a half year old, black and white, indoor only DLH cat. He is not wearing a collar and does not have a microchip. He was last seen around midnight on a Monday. I was contacted on the following Saturday, but I was out of town until the next Tuesday morning, which is when we did the search. There was a sighting of him on a wall, near the laundry room inside the apartment complex, which is at the back end of the complex.

We started the search there, and it was definitely Kobe's scent. The track went from that spot, across the field and through a small hole in the chain link fence. From there it went around the street and down the street and through another hole in another fence, which led out to the former army base, Fort Ord, and a very large open space. Along the fencing there is a well used horse path, and it was here that Kobe's track continued.

It continued for a couple of miles along this path, and then suddenly left from a large, green, metal ranch type gate. From here it went along a road that goes all the way out to Highway One. Once we got onto the road, I was a little suspicious that Kobe may be been picked up somewhere along the way. Why would a cat that was walking along the nice secluded horse path, suddenly jump out onto the busy road and hug the right hand side the whole time? I thought back along the path, and he was definitely by himself when he entered the open space since the track went through a small opening in the fence. We even had to find another way to enter because we could not fit through that hole in the fence. My best guess is that somewhere along that walking/horse path, somebody was walking or riding and found him, and then had their car just outside that gate waiting and that is why they exited there.

The track continued all the way down the road, across Highway one, through a private agricultural farm and straight to an isolated preserve, where dogs are not allowed. This preserve is totally fence and locked after regular hours. My guess is that this person was a local and knew where that preserve was. It is not marked along the way, except for a small sign as you enter the farm.

Kobe's person stopped the search at the four hour minimum. They said they would continue to look for Kobe.

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Total Distance: 11.75 km (7.3 mi)
Total Time: 2:39:56
Moving Time: 1:46:26
Average Pace: 13.61 min/km (21.9 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.06 min/km (14.6 min/mi)
Min Pace: 6.54 min/km (10.5 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -43 m (-142 ft)
Max Elevation: 1 m (4 ft)
Elevation Gain: 396 m (1299 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Tue Nov 02 11:30:30 PDT 2010
Activity type: -