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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Sadie", Light Brindle, English Mastiff, Napa - Found!

This is an email I received on April 28, 2011, as a follow up to Sadie's search:

"I just want to thank you for all of your experience in tracking Sadie.  Even though we didn't find her for a week after she disappeared, you help us educate our neighbors as well as ourselves.  It was a real pleasure meeting you and your dog.  I would recommend you and your dogs any day to anyone to help locate a missing pet.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Our family is back together and very happy.  Danielle Dulle,  Napa, California"

Sadie is  a three year old, spayed, light brindle 130 lb. English Mastiff. She is wearing her collar with full ID tags and is microchipped. 

She was let out into her front yard by accident by a rooommate, and she walked away from the house. I was called a couple of days after she went missing. 

Generally, Sadie could be described as hesitant and afraid about approaching strangers, which contributed to her length of being lost. When she was spotted, it was documented that she would not approach anybody, and would run when approached by people. 

The GPS tracking was having a hard time in some areas due to the remoteness of the tracking, so the maps may not be 100% accurate, but they are very close. 

We started the search about one block from her home where she was spotted, and from there the track led in some pretty darn remote and isolated areas, including horse pastures, open spaces, wineries, and a lot more. By the end of the first day, we found Sadie had come back to near the house and walked right past it. We ended there due to the lack of light and tired searchers. We came back the next morning. 

During this search, we did have a sighting of Sadie, but it was the day before. We did go to that spot and restart the track from there since that was more current than the track we were following, which was the day she went missing. We were able to cut off about three days from the track. Strangely enough, the sighting was only a couple of blocks from her home, and she was seen walking down the middle of the street in the middle of the day. 

The unbelievable part was that Sadie was so big and nobody was seeing her, even though large parts of where we were tracking  her was on open and busy roads. 

One suggestion I said was to have dog food and her person's clothing put out directly in front of her home and on the corner (the house is on the corner of a busy street where we know Sadie had walked) to coax her back to her home. Her person said that he stayed just inside the house all night, but that she never came by. 

Ignore the part of track two that leads all the way back to San Leandro. I had forgotten to stop the track, and it tracked me all the way back home.

Day One:

Track One - 

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Total Distance: 1884.64 km (1171.1 mi)
Total Time: 3:26:24
Moving Time: 2:16:25
Average Pace: 0.11 min/km (0.2 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 0.07 min/km (0.1 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.06 min/km (0.1 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -1104 m (-3621 ft)
Max Elevation: 2052 m (6731 ft)
Elevation Gain: 3990 m (13091 ft)
Max Grade: 208 %
Min Grade: -187 %
Recorded: Wed Feb 09 09:15:41 PST 2011

Track Two - 

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Total Distance: 109.01 km (67.7 mi)
Total Time: 7:22:12
Moving Time: 3:53:33
Average Pace: 4.06 min/km (6.5 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 2.14 min/km (3.4 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.51 min/km (0.8 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -44 m (-144 ft)
Max Elevation: 53 m (175 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1041 m (3414 ft)
Max Grade: 26 %
Min Grade: -7 %
Recorded: Wed Feb 09 12:45:28 PST 2011

Today we restarted from where we left off, and even though there were new spots we went to, there was also parts that were repeated, like the winery. 

We continued for several more hours following her in various directions. At about 4 PM that afternoon, I had to call it off because Dino was exhausted and I didn't want to push him further. 

We got back to the cars, and they said they would continue to look for Sadie.

The following day I received a voicemail that Sadie had been found! She had returned to one of the horse ranches we visited the first day, about four blocks from her home. We had left a flyer with the very elderly woman. The woman had seen Sadie on her driveway and in her yard. She called the phone number on the flyer, and Sadie's people were there to pick her up in minutes. She jumped right into the truck when they put down the tailgate. 

Day Two:

Track One - 

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Total Distance: 18.61 km (11.6 mi)
Total Time: 4:05:49
Moving Time: 2:18:25
Average Pace: 13.21 min/km (21.3 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 7.44 min/km (12.0 min/mi)
Min Pace: 1.04 min/km (1.7 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -27 m (-89 ft)
Max Elevation: 88 m (288 ft)
Elevation Gain: 768 m (2520 ft)
Max Grade: 2 %
Min Grade: -3 %
Recorded: Thu Feb 10 09:15:59 PST 2011

Track Two - 

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Total Distance: 10.96 km (6.8 mi)
Total Time: 1:44:28
Moving Time: 1:02:59
Average Pace: 9.53 min/km (15.3 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 5.75 min/km (9.2 min/mi)
Min Pace: 0.91 min/km (1.5 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -16 m (-51 ft)
Max Elevation: 34 m (110 ft)
Elevation Gain: 298 m (976 ft)
Max Grade: 4 %
Min Grade: -6 %
Recorded: Thu Feb 10 13:27:11 PST 2011