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Monday, November 29, 2010

"Nino", Siamese/Russian Blue DSH, Lilac Point, Saratoga

Nino is an indoor/outdoor, neutered ten year old Siamese/Russian blue mix. He is wearing a collar with ID tags and is microchipped. His own property is over two acres and fully fenced, yet there are small holes in the fencing where he is known to travel around by going under the fencing. The holes also looked like critters like raccoons, opossums, etc, are travel back and forth. He is known to travel to various houses surrounding his home. However, after his disappearance, there were no sightings of Nino. I was called about one and a half weeks after he went missing. He was last seen by a family member around 3 PM when he was put out onto a front deck.

The house has regular deliveries and contractors coming and going onto the property. That day Nino went missing, there were at least three known deliveries and contractors coming onto the property.

Due to the property being so extensive and many places of the fencing are only accessible by climbing steep hillsides, it took over 45 minutes just to show the dogs the entire fencing for them to determine the exit point. After, I took the dogs back to the center of the property, next to the parked cars and told them "Search." Both dogs made a straight beeline to the large gate at the end of the driveway. From there the track went out the gate and onto another driveway directly across the street.

From there the track was obviously a vehicle that we were following, and it continued for several miles around neighborhoods and then went straight down Highway 9 and then made a sharp turn into a veterinary hospital's parking lot. From there the track appear went around the parking lot for a short time and then went out the lot and down a street, crossing a crosswalk and made a sharp right turn down Highway 9 again. This continued for several blocks. We were on the north side of the street. Suddenly, the track made a sharp hairpin turn down a steep and narrow dirt path down to the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Here the track continued for several miles along the creek and all the way through Vasona Park and to the perculating ponds on the Campbell/Los Gatos border. Within one hour, Nino's people stopped the search and wanted to continue the next day.

In my opinion, Nino jumped in or was intentionally put into a vehicle that either was on the property or just at the cul-de-sac where the driveway led to. Nino had jumped into a vehicle in the past. If it was a mistake he was in the car, the driver may have seen him in there and went to the vet clinic to ask for help. Or the vet clinic could have been a total coincidence. If it was UPS(it is known that UPS made a delivery that afternoon to Nino's home), the driver could have been making a delivery to the vet clinic, left the van open to make the delivery and Nino jumped out. Once Nino jumped out either way, he appeared to hide in the bushes nearby. It appears that he was picked up nearby because at that point, it appears that the track was somebody who was walking and carrying Nino. The Los Gatos Creek Trail is a common way that people travel back and forth in the area.

Day #1:
Track One:

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Total Distance: 12.54 km (7.8 mi)
Total Time: 4:41:02
Moving Time: 4:10:13
Average Pace: 22.42 min/km (36.1 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 19.96 min/km (32.1 min/mi)
Min Pace: 7.41 min/km (11.9 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -1 m (-4 ft)
Max Elevation: 164 m (536 ft)
Elevation Gain: 287 m (942 ft)
Max Grade: 18 %
Min Grade: -36 %
Recorded: Thu Dec 02 10:03:53 PST 2010

Day #1:
Track Two:

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Total Distance: 5.59 km (3.5 mi)
Total Time: 1:06:41
Moving Time: 43:08
Average Pace: 11.93 min/km (19.2 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.71 min/km (12.4 min/mi)
Min Pace: 5.13 min/km (8.3 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 34 m (110 ft)
Max Elevation: 101 m (331 ft)
Elevation Gain: 301 m (989 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Dec 02 14:45:08 PST 2010

Day #2:

We picked up the track from where we left off the day before. The track continued east and north. The start and stop in the middle was that the track went onto a commuter track, and we could not walk on that. We had to go around and we picked it up where the track come back out.

In my opinion, I believe Nino was picked up by a transient/nomad type of person. We did find a very secluded sleeping area at one of the blue pins. From here the track came back out and continued back to the main street, and then continued north again.

Nino's people stopped the search after four hours and they said they would continue to search for him.

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Total Distance: 17.26 km (10.7 mi)
Total Time: 4:32:57
Moving Time: 2:21:17
Average Pace: 15.82 min/km (25.5 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 8.19 min/km (13.2 min/mi)
Min Pace: 3.70 min/km (6.0 min/mi)
Min Elevation: 1 m (2 ft)
Max Elevation: 50 m (165 ft)
Elevation Gain: 662 m (2171 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Mon Dec 06 09:10:48 PST 2010