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Friday, January 27, 2012

"Yum Yum", Ragdoll, Creme with grey, San Rafael

Still missing as of February 17, 2012.


Search Details:

Yum Yum is a nine year old, indoor only, 10 pound, spayed creme and grey Ragdoll. She is not wearing a collar and is not microchipped.

Apparently, she slipped out of the back door without her people knowing, but they discovered it within minutes. They immediately started looking for her, but could not find her. They searched for several hours, but could not find her. They stopped and went to bed around 2 AM and started again around 6 AM.

During that time, it appears, that she was picked up and carried away out of the very large mobile home park. The track led immediately out of the park and into a large public park, through a golf course and out into an area with miles and miles of hiking/biking trails that snake throughout a large marsh area.

The track led around and around the area and hills and parking lots without any real purpose. To me, it appeared like the person who had her was trying to kill time until waiting for something to occur or someone to come by.

It appears that somebody from the mobile home park picked her up and carried her away, possibly to sell her. The mobile home park is very large and their home is almost to the back of the complex. There is only one way in and one way out for both vehicles and pedestrians. This was somebody who was already there and not "passing by."


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 10.16 km (6.3 mi)
Total time: 3:30:58
Moving time: 1:56:28
Average speed: 2.89 km/h (1.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.23 km/h (3.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 10.00 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Min elevation: -38 m (-126 ft)
Max elevation: 39 m (128 ft)
Elevation gain: 318 m (1045 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 1/27/12 1:19 PM
Activity type: -

Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Jadis", Miniature Schnauzer, White, San Jose - Found!

Jadis back home after lost

Jadis before being lost

Jadis before being lost.


Received phone call from relative that helped on the search:

"I wanted to let you know that we did pick up Jadis today, and it looks like Dino led you right to where she was picked up yesterday afternoon right at the train tracks and took her home. She is home, and thank you for everything you did."


Received phone call from Jadis' person:
"The dog was indeed Jadis, and we are thrilled to have her back! We want to throw out a huge, huge thank you again for the great job you did today. Where we stopped off today was about two blocks from where she was picked up. Kudos to Dino and thank you for all your hard work and diligence, and I will will refer in the future to any of my friends that need your service. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I appreciate it!"

Email after Jadis was found:

"Thank you so much Jackie for your work today.  I'm amazing by the skills of your team! I'm now able to sleep and eat again with the return of my little Jadis.  The relief is unimaginable."




Our experience was very positive.  I am recommending Jackie to all of my friends and family in the area if they lose a pet.

I've used a pet psychic in the past to locate a missing cat.  She was spot on and helped me find his remains in less than 2 hrs.  This time we lost our dog and when we called her, she came up a little cold on the reading.  So we knew we had to take more action and fast.
We are a single pet household so having scent articles was not a problem.  Dino did an amazing job of memorizing the scent and following it.  Because we had an eye witness to give us a starting location and direction, we were off to a great start.
Dino tracked our dog for 9.5 miles (36 hours after her disappearance).  We know he was 100% accurate because during the search we got a call from a woman who picked up our dog within 1/4 mile of where the search was at that moment.
Although it was Craigslist that ultimately brought our dog back to us, having Jackie's services gave our search team hope and a sense of purpose at a time when we would have otherwise felt powerless.  It was clear that she knew what she was doing and Dino is a rockstar.
Before having Jackie, we were focusing our efforts in our immediate area... now we know this was a complete waste of time because our little one traveled miles and miles away.

San Jose


Jadis is an all white, 10 pound, 10 month old Miniature Schnauzer. She has natural ears and a docked tail. She is microchipped, but not wearing her collar.

Her people were out of town for a few days, so she was staying with a relative. A person from the house accidentally opened the garage door, allowing Jadis to run out.

There were several sightings of her in the area. We started at the most recent.

On the day of the search, there was another possible sighting of Jadis. We went to that area, but it was a dog that looked similar to Jadis. We restarted at the most recent sighting.

We followed the track for several hours and over nine miles all around San Jose through some very difficult and dirty terrain. At that point, they received a phone call that somebody had Jadis. This person emailed a photo to them and it was indeed Jadis. However, she did look different. Apparently, the finder had to shave and bath Jadis because she was so dirty and covered a lot of burrs and sticks. This makes sense based on the terrain we tracked her to.

They were able to pick her about about two hours later when the finder got home from work.

The story was that the finder was not intending to return Jadis, but this person bragged to a co-worker about finding Jadis, and this co-worker had enough sense to check Craigslist and found the Lost Dog ad. She convinced the finder to call them and return Jadis.


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 20.55 km (12.8 mi)
Total time: 4:20:04
Moving time: 2:38:32
Average speed: 4.74 km/h (2.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 7.78 km/h (4.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 64.26 km/h (39.9 mi/h)
Min elevation: -12 m (-40 ft)
Max elevation: 54 m (177 ft)
Elevation gain: 559 m (1835 ft)
Max grade: 2 %
Min grade: -3 %
Recorded: 1/26/12 10:17 AM
Activity type: -

"Buddha", DSH/Burmese mix, Black, San Rafael

Still missing as of February 14, 2012. 


Search Details:

Buddha is a petite, one year old, black indoor/outdoor DSH. He is micochipped, but he is not wearing a collar. He is very friendly towards strangers. 

He was last seen inside his large fenced yard, and is usually kept in at night. However, on the day he went missing, they were out late that night, and Buddha was not at home when they came back.

We followed a track for several miles that was obvious that he had been picked up and carried away. Then, the track led back almost to the area near to his house.

We followed the track to a remote hillside behind a large community center that was having an event the night Buddha disappeared. The person who picked up Buddha could have also come from the local high school, which was two blocks from Buddha home. 

Buddha's person has difficulty walking due to injured knees, so her daughter was walking with me, while she drove the car. 

I followed the track to a remote hillside and up a steep trail. I stopped to look far up the trail and I saw, what appeared to be at first a small black squirrel sitting in the trail and then running away. Then, I realized that I had just seen Buddha. He is petite, has short legs and a fluffy tail. I called down to the parking lot where Buddha's people were sitting waiting to hear from me. The daughter walked the mother slowly up the trail, and I explained what I had just seen. We walked further up the trail, calling Buddha's name. Dino indicated that Buddha had run into a thicket of brush and bushes and under a hole in the fence. 

We continued walking around the hillside and bushes for a half hour, but could not find Buddha. I suggested setting traps with permission of the property owner.

They said they would continue to look for him. 


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 5.43 km (3.4 mi)
Total time: 2:38:26
Moving time: 1:00:04
Average speed: 2.05 km/h (1.3 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.42 km/h (3.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.31 km/h (7.0 mi/h)
Min elevation: -11 m (-37 ft)
Max elevation: 55 m (182 ft)
Elevation gain: 320 m (1051 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 1/25/12 10:49 AM
Activity type: -

"Copper", Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Reddish/Brown, Santa Clara

Still missing as of February 19, 2012.

Copper is a two to five year old reddish brown Chihuahua/Terrier mix. He recently had been pulled from an animal shelter and was at a foster home with The Perfect Dog Rescue. He is microchipped, but was not wearing his collar at the time he got scared by something in the front yard.

There were several sightings of Copper within several blocks of his foster home.

We followed the track for several miles around the area, and the search was called off at the four hour minimum. They said they would continue to look for Copper.

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 13.15 km (8.2 mi)
Total time: 3:54:44
Moving time: 2:20:41
Average speed: 3.36 km/h (2.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.61 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.30 km/h (7.0 mi/h)
Min elevation: -13 m (-44 ft)
Max elevation: 51 m (166 ft)
Elevation gain: 507 m (1665 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 1/24/12 11:51 AM
Activity type: -

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Bacio", "Nika", Akitas, San Juan Bautista - Found!

Bacio and Nika are two two-year old Akitas who took off from the their multiple acre property. It is unknown what scared them to leave. Neither dog is wear a collar, but both are microchipped.

We had a search scheduled for first thing the next morning.

I received a call later that evening that both dogs had been found several miles from their home. Somebody saw one of the flyers and called.

They were missing for over 48 hours.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Scooby", DLH, Buff/Orange, Fremont - Found!


Scooby is an indoor only, two year old, buff and orange DLH. He is microchipped, but he is not wearing a collar.

The same day that Scooby went missing, there was a plumber at the home who accessed the pipes from a trap door in a closet.

Scooby's person said she was positive she saw Scooby after the plumber left, so she did not think he was trapped under the house, as I thought. There was no way he could have left the house. He was not seen leaving the house, and there were no sightings of him outside the house.

Upon arriving to the house for the search, Scooby's person ran out to my car and said that Scooby was found under the house. She said she started to hear him meow as she was in that part of the house. Her husband went under the house and did see Scooby at the far corner of the house.

I suggested moving one of the traps from outside to under the house to see if he would go inside it.

I got a call later that night that Scooby finally came to where the trap door was, which was where Scooby's person was sitting all day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Ginger" Pit Bull, Red/Brown, San Jose - Found!


Hi Jackie,

Thanks again so much for helping us last Friday, especially on such short notice. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated your and Dino's help!

As we called it a night and I was driving home (back to Berkeley!), the San Jose shelter called me saying they had picked up a dog with my rescue tag with the name "Ginger". I have to tell you that was the best call of my life!!!! So relieved they got her. They even took her straight from the location where they found her (somewhere on 16th St, they didn't remember the cross street) to her foster home. So she is safe and sound once again!

Thank you so much once again!!!

Diana Rapa
The Perfect Dog 
(510) 333-4420


Search Details:

Ginger is a one year old, red female pit bull who was recently rescued from a shelter and is a foster dog with The Perfect Dog rescue. She was temporary at a new foster home, but she jumped the fence immediately upon arriving. She is wearing an ID tag with collar and she is microchipped. 

She was spotted a couple of times in a large public park near to the foster home. We followed the track for several miles.

I got a call a couple of hours after the search that night that Ginger had been picked up by Animal Services within the City of San Jose. 


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 7.21 km (4.5 mi)
Total time: 2:48:48
Moving time: 1:15:42
Average speed: 2.56 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.71 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 10.23 km/h (6.4 mi/h)
Min elevation: 4 m (14 ft)
Max elevation: 58 m (189 ft)
Elevation gain: 354 m (1162 ft)
Max grade: -2 %
Min grade: -6 %
Recorded: 1/6/2012 3:10 PM
Activity type: -

Friday, January 6, 2012

"Mili", Yorkshire Terrier, Brown and Silver, Oakland

Still missing as of February 16, 2012


Mili is an unspayed, eight year old, brown and grey, Yorkshire Terrier. She is not wearing a collar and she is not microchipped.

There was a sighting of Mili in a person's back yard a couple of days after she went missing. This person did not try to attempt to catch Mili, but instead, just went back into the house. Later, when he saw the flyers in the neighborhood, he called to say that he saw Mili in his back yard.

We went to that yard and Dino did pick up her scent and followed it out and for a couple of miles. We then had a young girl say she saw a dog that looked like Mili being sold by a man on the block where she lives. She directed us to the house where she saw the man go to after leaving her block.

Mili's person did approach the house and asked if they had seen Mili, but none of them did. While she was doing that, I checked the surrounding area and Dino picked up Mili's track leading away from the house.

We followed it for several more miles until Mili's person called off the search as the four hour mark.

She insisted numerous times while on the search and after that Dino was never following Mili's track. She did not believe that her dog would travel so far, and that somebody would not turn a dog into a shelter when they found a dog.


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 5.14 km (3.2 mi)
Total time: 2:42:11
Moving time: 54:49
Average speed: 1.90 km/h (1.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.62 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.80 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Min elevation: -11 m (-35 ft)
Max elevation: 26 m (86 ft)
Elevation gain: 237 m (778 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 1/4/12 12:55 PM
Activity type: -

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"Mochi, Snowshoe Siamese, Seal Point with White, San Geronimo/West Marin

Still missing as of February 16, 2012.


Email received  January 23, 2012
Hi, Jackie!
This is Mochi's Daddy writing!  You and Dino helped us track our cat Mochi from our home in San Geronimo exactly three weeks ago (Jan 2).  We got a very good lead from that, which was the possibility of him getting transported in the truck of an electrician to his neighborhood in Boyes Hot Springs, near Sonoma.  We immediately posted signs all over his neighborhood.  
Just this past Thursday, we got an excellent new lead.  I received a call from a very nice lady who takes care of several neighborhood cats, including feeding them on her porch, and is generally aware of all of the stray cats around.  She also volunteers at the shelter, PetsLifeline.  She believes that she saw Mochi at 5pm on her porch, and recognized him from one of our fliers.  I went over to the neighborhood as soon as I could, but no luck, he had vanished.  The next day, I posted more signs in the rain... but, no Mochi sighting.  Saturday, at 5pm, he returned to her porch, and this time she got a good enough look at him to see that he was a.) very likely Mochi (there are no other Siamese cats in the neighborhood), and b.) he is quite thin and hungry looking... understandable after 3.5 weeks of being homeless!  I went over again (it's an hour away from here!) and left out a can of cat food, his carrier, and some yogurt, which he likes very much, and called his name all over the neighborhood - she lives in a little community of double-wides, so there are lots of little cottages to hide under.  Overnight, someone devoured the cat food left on the porch (it could have been another cat, though).  Sunday, I returned at 4:45pm, and stayed on the porch until midnight.  It was pouring rain, and there was no sign of Mochi.  We figured that perhaps he had eaten the can of food from the night before and decided that he wasn't hungry enough to leave his hiding place to brave the rain, or simply just the latter.  I will return tomorrow evening, when it is not supposed to be raining, and hold "vigil" until midnight, or when he shows up.
Thanks again for all of your help, and best wishes


Search Details:

Mochi is an indoor/outdoor, two year old neutered Siamese with white on his feet. He is microchipped and wearing a collar with an ID tag. 

The property they live on is over two acres and in a remote area of West Marin. 

We did not find a track leading out from the property. The same day that Mochi went missing, there was a plumbing contractor on the property all day. He acknowledged he did have his van doors open, and he said that cats will regularly jump into his van. He lives in Boyes Hot Springs, almost two hours from San Geronimo. 

I suggested that Mochi's people look for him in BHS. 

About two weeks later, I received an email that Mochi had been spotted in BHS by a person who saw the flyers/posters in the area of where the contractor lives. 

We went out there and did find a track of Mochi. We followed it for several hours until it too dark to continue.

Mochi was repeatedly seen in the area. Traps have been set, but, so far, Mochi has been caught inside them. 

Day #1

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 7.73 km (4.8 mi)
Total time: 3:25:14
Moving time: 1:17:52
Average speed: 2.26 km/h (1.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.96 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 12.81 km/h (8.0 mi/h)
Min elevation: 80 m (262 ft)
Max elevation: 196 m (643 ft)
Elevation gain: 346 m (1136 ft)
Max grade: 1 %
Min grade: -3 %
Recorded: 1/2/12 9:18 AM
Activity type: -

Day #2:

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 14.40 km (8.9 mi)
Total time: 5:05:40
Moving time: 2:32:18
Average speed: 2.83 km/h (1.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.67 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.23 km/h (5.7 mi/h)
Min elevation: 4 m (14 ft)
Max elevation: 56 m (184 ft)
Elevation gain: 531 m (1741 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 1/23/12 1:06 PM
Activity type: -

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Shasta", Pit Bull, Red, Berkeley

Shasta is a two year old, red, female pit bull with white feet, white on the chest and a white blaze on her face. She is wearing a blue collar with no ID and she is not microchipped. She was dragging a leash at the time she went missing.

Shasta was being walked by her person and was hit by a car after she stumbled into the street off the curb. Her person let the leash go and Shasta took off. There were several sightings of Shasta after she went missing.

By total coincidence, a neighbor of Shasta's person said he was helping a friend move one night after Shasta had been missing several days. This person said that the friend who he was helping to move had found a dog matching Shasta's description the day they were moving. This neighbor did not know the new address where the person was moving to, but he said he would contact the former landlord to found out the new address.

That was the last I was told about. Shasta's person said he wanted to do a search, but he said he wanted to find out from this person the new address if he could. He said he would call back, but I never heard from him again. I don't know if Shasta was found.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Pixie", Corgi, Sable/White Longhaired, Pescadero - Found!

Pixie is a two year old, female, longcoated sable and white Corgi. She is not wearing a collar, but she is microchipped.

Pixie was staying at a boarder when she climbed a chain link fence and took off. Her collar with her ID tags was found in the yard.

We had a search scheduled for early the next day. I received a phone call late the night before that Pixie had been found. She was safe at the shelter. The boarder found out from a local fire department that they had called the shelter at the end of the day and was taken there.