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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Paco", Chihuahua, Dark Brown, Hollister - Found!

(This is not a photo of Paco, but it looks like him.)

Paco was found safe and healthy after missing for several days!!!!!!!

Paco is a 4 pound, unneutered, dark brown Chihuahua with long legs and ears that stand up. He went missing from his home in Hollister after he crawled under a fence in his backyard. He was wearing a collar with an ID tag on him, but he is not microchipped. After a couple of days of searching for Paco, I was asked to come and help look this past Saturday. I brought Dino, my tracking dog, and we started from a possible sighting of Paco from the day before.

As we were following the track through the streets of Hollister, and talking to everybody along the way, we came across a gentleman who was certain he saw Paco just that morning in another part of town, near the DMV office. We went to that location and we did pick up Paco's scent in that area and followed it for several blocks and then it went out into some very large agricultural fields. We continued to follow Paco for several more hours throughout Hollister, and we decided to stop the search late in the day after all three of us were exhausted.

I recommended to keeping putting up posters and flyers throughout the town and following up on all leads. It was clear that Paco was moving around town and throughout the fields.

I received a call the next day that Paco had been found! It took many people to eventually catch him. A woman had spotted him a couple of times in town, and then saw the flyer at a local store and called immediately. Paco's people went to where he was being spotted, which was the first set of large agricultural fields we tracked him to earlier the day before. He had returned to a known location. My guess is that he was traveling all over Hollister and the surrounding fields since he was lost.

According to Paco's person, the entire family and extended family worked for a couple of hours in these fields to finally catch Paco. He was so scared and disoriented that he did not even recognize familiar voices and ran as fast as possible in the opposite direction. It finally took a male family member to leap several feet and tackle Paco! Now that is dedication!

The next day, Monday, was Paco's person's birthday, so she said that having Paco back was the absolute best present she could ever have!

Track One:

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Total Distance: 14.41 km (9.0 mi)
Total Time: 4:35:17
Moving Time: 2:13:23
Average Speed: 3.14 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 6.48 km/h (4.0 mi/h)
Max Speed: 47.23 km/h (29.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 66 m (215 ft)
Max Elevation: 112 m (366 ft)
Elevation Gain: 493 m (1619 ft)
Max Grade: 2 %
Min Grade: -5 %
Recorded: Sat Jun 25 08:25:16 PDT 2011

Track Two:

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Total Distance: 7.95 km (4.9 mi)
Total Time: 2:50:28
Moving Time: 1:25:30
Average Speed: 2.80 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.58 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max Speed: 9.80 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 68 m (223 ft)
Max Elevation: 95 m (313 ft)
Elevation Gain: 269 m (882 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sat Jun 25 13:01:05 PDT 2011