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Monday, September 26, 2011

"Tweetums", Siamese mix, Seal Point, Point Richmond - Found

Tweetums is a 14 year old, indoor/outdoor, microchipped, Seal Point Siamese.

He was seen by a neighbor being attacked by a loose dog, a husky wearing a pink collar, being walked by it's person in front of Tweetums home. While on my way to the house, I received a call that Tweetums was found deceased in a neighbor's yard.

"Cole", DSH, Black, Forest Knolls

Cole is a five year old, indoor/outdoor, all black DSH. He is not wearing a collar and he is not microchipped. 

He was last seen in his house, but he did not come home later that day. 

The area is a rural part of west Marin, so we had to check a pretty big area just to start the search. After doing that, we followed several tracks, but they all led back to his home. This told me that these were all past tracks of Cole, and there was not a recent track leading away from the home. This tells me that either Cole was picked up in a vehicle and carried away, unknowingly by the driver, or Cole was still on the large property and trapped somewhere. There were many buildings and containers in the area of his home, all possibilities of getting Cole trapped inside. 


View Cole Track Forest Knolls in a larger map


Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 5.52 km (3.4 mi)
Total Time: 3:29:31
Moving Time: 46:14
Average Speed: 1.58 km/h (1.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 7.17 km/h (4.5 mi/h)
Max Speed: 15.45 km/h (9.6 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 63 m (206 ft)
Max Elevation: 139 m (456 ft)
Elevation Gain: 271 m (890 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sun Sep 25 11:09:59 PDT 2011


Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Billy", German Shepherd/Rottweiler, Black and Tan, Sausalito

Billy is a black and tan, 100 pound, nine year old, neutered, microchipped Shepherd/Rottweiler/Doberman mix. He wearing a collar with ID tags.

There were no sightings of Billy after he went missing. He went missing from a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near the YMCA, in the Marin Headlands, near the Point Bonita Lighthouse.

Billy was missing for a week before I was called because his people believed that he had fallen off a cliff since there were no sightings, and they said they scoured the area after he went missing.

We found a track leading away from the area where Billy was last seen and then it led out of the recreation area and into downtown Sausalito.

The search was called off after four hours by Billy's person. He said he would continue to look for Billy.


View Billy Track in a larger map



Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 10.47 km (6.5 mi)
Total Time: 2:44:41
Moving Time: 1:55:42
Average Speed: 3.81 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.43 km/h (3.4 mi/h)
Max Speed: 36.11 km/h (22.4 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -2 m (-6 ft)
Max Elevation: 256 m (840 ft)
Elevation Gain: 407 m (1336 ft)
Max Grade: 3 %
Min Grade: 3 %
Recorded: Thu Sep 22 10:43:30 PDT 2011
Activity type: -

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Bruno and Otto", Maltese, White, Oakland - Found!

(I received this follow up letter from one of Bruno's and Otto's people.)

"I was fortunate enough to meet Jackie and Dino when our two dogs went missing from their home in the Oakland Hills, with no sign as to where they had gone or what had happened. 

She and Dino ( her tracker ) followed our dogs scent along our street, through a park by our home, down a hiking path they had never been on and into a crowded shopping district where we got our first direct sightings of them.

At this point Jackie said their path altered and where before they had seemed to be just wandering aimlessly they were now being led. We continued to follow their trail down a busy city street until it got too dark and we had to call off our search.

The next morning as we continued to follow Dino's lead we got a call from someone who had seen one of our lost pet flyers and rescued our dogs from being sold on the sidewalk in front of a flea market. This flea market is located a short distance away from the same street we were tracking our dogs scent down.

Jackie and Dino did not lead us to our lost and shivering dogs like in the movies, but their guidance pointed us in the right direction and by defining our search area we were able to target the neighborhood where they were eventually found. With Jackie's help we focused our search and were able to put our flyers directly in front of the people most likely to have seen our lost guys and it worked!"


Bruno and Otto are two Maltese. Bruno is twelve and wearing a collar with an ID tag. Otto is eleven and wearing a collar with and ID tag. Neither dog is microchipped. 

There were no sightings of either dog after they went missing from their backyard. 

We found the track of the dogs leading away from the house and eventually into Joaquin Miller Park. 

The search continued for four hours, when it was called off by Bruno and Otto's people since it was getting dark by that time. We agreed to meet the next morning to continue the search. 

About an hour into the search, they get a call that Bruno and Otto were safe at a home in Pinole. They were told that the two dogs were being sold the previous day outside the Flea Market at the Oakland Coliseum. The woman who purchased them saw the flyer outside the flea market and called.





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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 13.53 km (8.4 mi)
Total Time: 4:10:35
Moving Time: 2:16:29
Average Speed: 3.24 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.95 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Max Speed: 12.04 km/h (7.5 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 10 m (33 ft)
Max Elevation: 342 m (1122 ft)
Elevation Gain: 472 m (1550 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sat Sep 17 14:52:19 PDT 2011

"Paw Paw", White with Orange Tabby Markings, DSH, Berkeley - Found!

Paw Paw is a male, indoor only, three month old, orange and white DSH. He is not wearing a collar and is not microchipped. He escaped out of one of the doors by accident.

There was a sighting of Paw Paw about four blocks from his home about three days after he went missing. We started there and did pick up Paw Paw's track.

After two and a half hours, Paw Paw's person called off the search saying she did not believe that Dino was following her cat's track.

Through another way, not by Paw Paw's person, I heard that Paw Paw was found several days after our search. He was found within a few blocks of his home.

The track led away from the sighting in various ways, and I told Paw Paw's person that it looked like her cat had been picked up and carried away. This would make sense for a friendly, three month old kitten. I said that Paw Paw could get loose or could be released and make it back, but she still did not believe me or that Dino was following Paw Paw's track.


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 4.39 km (2.7 mi)
Total Time: 1:39:52
Moving Time: 41:02
Average Speed: 2.64 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 6.41 km/h (4.0 mi/h)
Max Speed: 10.26 km/h (6.4 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -13 m (-42 ft)
Max Elevation: 65 m (212 ft)
Elevation Gain: 166 m (543 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sat Sep 17 09:02:33 PDT 2011


Friday, September 16, 2011

"Dixie", Black with White, DLH, San Rafael

Dixie is an adult indoor/outdoor, female, microchipped, black with white paws DLH. She is wearing a red collar with a bell, but no tags.

She did not come home one night even though she has a very regular schedule. Her home is behind a large open space, and her person believed she was taken by wildlife. Her person knew that she did not ever go to the front of the house, and existed back and forth through the back fence. It was never known the reason why Dixie would not go to the front of the house.

After checking the block surrounding the house, including the open space, we found the track leading away from the home, down the street.

Her person stopped the search after four hours. He said he would continue to look for Dixie.

My best guess is that Dixie was aware of a particular animal that was regularly in front of her home, and she was afraid of this animal. I think she was pretty good about keeping away from this animal for the last three years. Something unusual happened this one particular time and she came in contact with this animal by accident.


View Dixie Track in a larger map



Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 8.91 km (5.5 mi)
Total Time: 3:19:04
Moving Time: 1:30:43
Average Speed: 2.69 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.90 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Max Speed: 13.98 km/h (8.7 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -22 m (-72 ft)
Max Elevation: 27 m (90 ft)
Elevation Gain: 442 m (1450 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Thu Sep 08 13:37:01 PDT 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Yoshi", Tonkinese, San Francisco

Yoshi is an indoor only, neutered Tonkinese. He is not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. 

He was last seen by his person at midnight after he ran out of the front door. There were no additional sightings after that.

We found the track leading away from the home and down the street. The second track is because the first search was originally ended and then restarted by Yoshi's people at the same spot. 

The search was ended after five hours by Yoshi's people, and they said they will keep looking for him. 




Track One:


View Yoshi Track Part 1 in a larger map



Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total Distance: 12.41 km (7.7 mi)
Total Time: 3:55:51
Moving Time: 1:49:27
Average Speed: 3.16 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 6.80 km/h (4.2 mi/h)
Max Speed: 13.23 km/h (8.2 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -11 m (-36 ft)
Max Elevation: 79 m (260 ft)
Elevation Gain: 697 m (2287 ft)
Max Grade: 17 %
Min Grade: -7 %
Recorded: Mon Sep 05 09:03:21 PDT 2011


Track Two:


View Yoshi Track Part 2 in a larger map


Created by My Tracks on Android.

Total Distance: 2.15 km (1.3 mi)
Total Time: 38:16
Moving Time: 22:44
Average Speed: 3.38 km/h (2.1 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.68 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max Speed: 13.04 km/h (8.1 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 40 m (130 ft)
Max Elevation: 119 m (391 ft)
Elevation Gain: 159 m (521 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Mon Sep 05 13:27:08 PDT 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Roxie", Labrador/Chow mix, Black, Santa Cruz - Found!

This is the case that made me change to requiring a deposit for the full minimum before driving to the search.

I was making the drive to Santa Cruz after Roxie's person asked me to come down. While on the drive down, I called to say I was stuck in a very large traffic jam, and that I would be delayed. I spoke to the husband on the phone, and he informed me that Roxie had been found. I reminded him that I was still due the minimum plus mileage, and he said that he and his wife owed me nothing, since I never did any work. I reminded him that the minimum plus mileage was still due. He said he would have his wife call me when she returned home with Roxie.

The wife called me about a half hour later while I was still driving. I reminded her of the minimum plus mileage, and she offered to pay me only a little over a single hour's rate. She said that is what she felt the service was worth to her. I refused, and said I would be sending her an invoice for the full amount.