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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Dillon and Madden", Brittany Spaniels, Fairfield - 1 Found!

Dillon still missing as of January 3, 2011.

"Jackie and Dino really went the extra mile (literally) in trying to help us find our Dillon. His track went cold is in the same area where we got a report of someone seeing a dog like ours being put in a truck. Although we still haven't located him, I would use use Jackie and Dino's services again if I am ever in the unfortunate position to be looking for a lost dog. They gave it their best shot, even in some grueling heat. Dino is a trooper and even when called off, he was still ready to go more. Jackie also had very good resources with her to help you make sure you are covering everything if you are searching for a lost pet (shelter lists, internet sites, sample flyers, etc).

As someone who trains dogs and enjoys dogs, it was really interesting to watch Dino work and if it wasn't for the fact that we were looking for our dog, I would have found the experience even more interesting.
Barbara T."

Dillon is a seven year old, orange and white, neutered Brittany Spaniel. He is not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. 

Madden is a one year old, neutered, orange and white, Brittany Spaniel. He is not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. 

Both dogs had been missing for one week when I was called. 

Both dogs got out the front door as it was left open by accident by a family member. Both dogs were spotted in various areas within several blocks of the house. There was a possible sighting of one of the dogs at a Target shopping center by a homeless person hanging out. I decided to go to that spot and check the scent. I gave both scents to Dino and he did find out of the scents leading away. By the description of the dog, it appeared that the dog was Dillon, the older dog. That is the first track below.

The next day, a person called to say that she thought her father had one of the dogs. Madden's person went to the home, and it was Madden, the younger dog. The finder had picked up Madden the following Saturday, the day after he escaped, from a neighborhood several blocks from Madden's home. The finder confirmed that there was only one dog that he picked up and never saw another dog. The finder did not speak English and lived alone down a long gravel road. He didn't know about a microchip and never checked for flyers in the area. Since Madden did not have a collar on, he did not know who to call.

Day One:

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Total Distance: 11.22 km (7.0 mi)
Total Time: 3:26:05
Moving Time: 1:52:35
Average Speed: 3.27 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.98 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Max Speed: 42.23 km/h (26.2 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -32 m (-105 ft)
Max Elevation: 77 m (251 ft)
Elevation Gain: 518 m (1700 ft)
Max Grade: 7 %
Min Grade: -1 %
Recorded: Sat Jun 18 16:20:39 PDT 201

We ended day one at a large vineyard, but nobody was home to give us permission to enter. They left a note on the door asking for a call back. They received one late Sunday night, after Madden had been found. We went back to that property the next afternoon. Temps were hovering in the high 90's. 

We went through the vineyard and back out onto another property and up into a private and gate community called Rancho Solano. This place is not what comes to mind when the name Fairfield is mentioned. These are very large and custom home nestled among a gold course and rolling hills. 

We followed the track until almost dark at 9 PM. At that time Dillon's person said that another woman approached her and said that a dog matching Dillon's description was picked up by an animal control truck earlier that day down by the main guard shack. We checked Petharbor for that day, which was a closed day, but nothing was listed. 

They went to the shelter in the morning, and they reported that no Brittany Spaniel had been picked up by any of their trucks that day. There is only one animal control agency for the entire county of Solano. 

We figured what the woman saw was instead of white work truck with boxes on the back, which can look very similar, plus they have emblems on the doors and many of the guys wear some type of uniform, making them look a lot like A/C. Dillon's person said they would put out notices and alter the Craigslist ad with that information, and keep looking for Dillon. 

Day Two:

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Total Distance: 14.31 km (8.9 mi)
Total Time: 4:27:18
Moving Time: 2:51:45
Average Speed: 3.21 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.00 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Max Speed: 10.19 km/h (6.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 6 m (19 ft)
Max Elevation: 112 m (368 ft)
Elevation Gain: 530 m (1740 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Mon Jun 20 16:27:28 PDT 2011