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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Buckwheat", Black and Tan, German Shepherd/Kelpie mix, El Sobrante - Found!

See the Craigslist ad at the end of this blog posted by Buckwheat's people after he was found. 

Our search was on July 7, 2011.

Buckwheat went missing the night of the 4th of July from his yard. He was put out into his yard at night, but apparently, got scared by the fireworks going off. 

Buckwheat is a 50 pound, black and tan, neutered, Border Collie/German Shepherd mix. He is not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. There were no sightings of Buckwheat after he went missing. 

We found his track leading away from the house and around the corner and then all the way into Pinole. He went down to the water and around some houses. We stopped the search in Pinole just as we were running out of daylight.

I received a phone call about two days later that Buckwheat was turned into the night box of the Pinole shelter and was identified by his microchip.

My dog Buckwheat is found! Thanks to all of you who expressed concern (hercules, pinole, san pablo, el sob)

Date: 2011-07-13, 8:36PM PDT
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On Monday night my dog Buckwheat was spooked by the firecrackers and ran away. He just walked out the doggie door, which he does freely, but that night he did not come back- he was so frantic that he broke out of a gate that we thought was impenetrable. He started a journey that lasted until Thursday night when some good Samaritan took him to the Pinole Shelter. There is a night box there - must have been a freaky experience for him but he was really happy when he was traced back to us from the chip in his neck.

I learned some valuable lessons from this experience. First of all watch your dogs and cats like hawks on July 4 and New Years - the fireworks really scare them and make them do irrational things. Second, the shelters are the best place to take found animals - I frantically visited the shelters every day, and every time I was there someone was being reunited with their dogs. If you keep the dog in your home in hopes of finding the owner there is a good chance you are just prolonging the anxiety. Third - getting the word out is key - flyers, flyers, flyers, as well as just telling everyone you know.

Last I want to give a plug to Jackie Phillips of the Social Pet. She and her dog Dino were able to help track Buckwheat 's journey from just catching the scent of his bed. That really helped me know where to put the flyers, and I think her work is really a way to find an animal. You can contact her at or 510-415-6185

Several people wrote me and expressed concern . Thanks so much and I am truly grateful that this worked out well.

View Buckwheat Track in a larger map

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 16.13 km (10.0 mi)
Total Time: 4:35:33
Moving Time: 2:54:02
Average Speed: 3.51 km/h (2.2 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.56 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max Speed: 10.37 km/h (6.4 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -15 m (-49 ft)
Max Elevation: 109 m (358 ft)
Elevation Gain: 486 m (1595 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Jul 07 15:24:31 PDT 2011
Activity type: -