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Monday, April 30, 2012

"Potter," DSH, Grey, Capitola - Found!

(My note: I received the following email the day after our search.)

"Hi Jackie,

We have good news!  After canvassing the neighborhood handing out flyers, Potter showed up!  We heard a cat fight last night, but it was broken up before we could get out to see who was fighting.  We think he might have showed up last night and gotten in a fight before he could get back to our house.  He's now gobbling down lots and lots of food!

Thank you for your help yesterday!


Potter is a 17lb, six year old, all grey DSH. He only recently was going outside to his large backyard. He went out to the yard one morning and did not come home. He is wearing a collar with an ID tag, and he is microchipped. 

There were no sightings of Potter after he went missing. 

The track we found led in various directions throughout San Jose. The track was forced to stop when it went under a chainlink fence into a large, wooded creek area with no public access. We were around the five hour mark at that point. 

I received the above email the next day.

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 8.94 km (5.6 mi)
Total time: 3:31:39
Moving time: 1:31:17
Average speed: 2.53 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.88 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 8.89 km/h (5.5 mi/h)
Average pace: 23.68 min/km (38.1 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10.21 min/km (16.4 min/mi)
Min pace: 6.75 min/km (10.9 min/mi)
Max elevation: 46 m (151 ft)
Min elevation: 4 m (12 ft)
Elevation gain: 387 m (1270 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 4/27/2012 12:54 PM
Activity type: 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Lucy," Terrier/Cattle Dog X, Campbell - Found

Lucy was found deceased on a highway following our search. 

Lucy was a nine month old black and white Cattle dog mix. She was wearing an orange bandana, a collar with a microchip tag and she was microchipped. 

Lucy was adopted by her current home only about two months prior to getting loose. She was found as a stray in Fresno. 

Lucy jumped from a parked car as her person was inside a store at a shopping center. 

She was missing for one week at the time we did our search. 

The track we found led away from the shopping center and continued for a couple of miles. Then the track turned and went into a secluded creek area. The track eventually led out of the creek and down a single block long street. At the end of the street is an entrance to a very busy expressway. The rest of the street has no outlets. 

We could not find any track leading out of the street. It did not go out to the expressway. It did not go back out to the area of the creek, and there was no way out on either side of the street. Apartment buildings and office buildings with very tall walls were on both sides. 

I explained that this meant that Lucy was picked up on that street and put into a car with the windows rolled up and driven away. At this point, Lucy's person stopped the search. 

On our way back to the cars, she received a phone call that Lucy had been found deceased on a highway by a passerby and the person had pulled the orange bandana from the body, but had not called animal control to pick up the body. According to this person, she saw the body of Lucy for several days, but did not do anything. The finder told Lucy's person that she saw the body on the highway within 24 to 48 hours after Lucy's disappearance. Then this person saw a flyer posted for Lucy, remembered the dog on the highway, pulled off the bandana and called the number on the flyer. I believe the highway was 280.

Lucy's person was convinced that Dino was never following Lucy's current track, but that Lucy took off from the shopping center and eventually made it to the highway where she was hit. 

I offered another outcome. I believe that Lucy's was picked up by a person on the street in a car where the search ended, and that it was probably the first night that Lucy's disappeared. I think this person was either coming off the expressway or entering it. I believe that this person got Lucy to get into her car, but, maybe was not able to read the tags right away if Lucy was the shy and scared dog I was told she was. The person drove to their home and attempted to read the tags from inside the car, or get Lucy out of the car, but Lucy bolted and took off. Now Lucy was loose again, in a totally new area, possibly near the area of the highway where she was hit, which, I was told, was just a few miles from where the search ended. 

What shocked me the most about this case was that nobody called animal control for over one week to tell them about the body. And, that this person saw the body on the highway for several days, and never made an attempt to check the collar or call animal control. 

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 10.54 km (6.5 mi)
Total time: 3:52:49
Moving time: 1:40:33
Average speed: 2.72 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.29 km/h (3.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.48 km/h (7.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 22.09 min/km (35.6 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 9.54 min/km (15.4 min/mi)
Min pace: 5.23 min/km (8.4 min/mi)
Max elevation: 64 m (209 ft)
Min elevation: 29 m (96 ft)
Elevation gain: 393 m (1289 ft)
Max grade: 3 %
Min grade: -8 %
Recorded: 4/24/2012 2:48 PM
Activity type: -

Friday, April 20, 2012

"Omi," DSH, Tuxedo, Capitola - FOUND!

(My notes: I received the following email several days after our search.)

"Hi, Jackie.

I wanted to let you know that Omi was found and brought home last night. He had made it farther than I could have imagined, all the way to the other side of Santa Cruz, a fifteen minute drive from our house. 

We wanted to thank you and Dino again for the work you did, I believe we would not have found him if your search didn't give us reason to look and advertise in such far off areas. 
I had posted ads on Craigslist for all the little towns we walked to and beyond. The family that found him (they say he showed up in their driveway yesterday evening and they gave him some food and let him inside) said they probably wouldn't have responded to an ad for Capitola as it is so far away and probably would have kept him! 
We're very thrilled to have him home. He's headed to the vet in a bit, he's definitely dehydrated and very skinny but otherwsie looking good. His behavior is a little different (kind of on edge, more docile and weak) but sweet as ever.
Sorry for the novel! It is just so incredible to me. 
Thanks again,

Omi is an 11 lb, neutered, six year old, Tuxedo marked DSH with no collar and no microchip. He was last seen on a Monday afternoon around noon by his family. There was a single sighting of Omi by a neighbor down the block. We did our search the following Friday and started the search for the neighbor's front lawn.

We found the track leading around Capitola and into Santa Cruz and back into Capitola. At times it appeared Omi could be by himself, or he could be carried. His family said he was very friendly toward strangers and was seen regularly crossing busy streets.

See the letter above when Omi was found several miles from his home!

Track #1:

View Omi Capitola Track 1 in a larger map

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 7.06 km (4.4 mi)
Total time: 2:07:43
Moving time: 1:16:46
Average speed: 3.32 km/h (2.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.52 km/h (3.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.45 km/h (5.9 mi/h)
Average pace: 18.09 min/km (29.1 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10.87 min/km (17.5 min/mi)
Min pace: 6.35 min/km (10.2 min/mi)
Max elevation: 31 m (102 ft)
Min elevation: -17 m (-55 ft)
Elevation gain: 248 m (812 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 4/20/2012 2:25 PM
Activity type: -

Track #2:

View Omi Capitola Track 2 in a larger map

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 1.10 km (0.7 mi)
Total time: 21:15
Moving time: 11:52
Average speed: 3.09 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.53 km/h (3.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.39 km/h (4.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 19.40 min/km (31.2 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10.84 min/km (17.4 min/mi)
Min pace: 8.11 min/km (13.1 min/mi)
Max elevation: 10 m (34 ft)
Min elevation: -29 m (-97 ft)
Elevation gain: 63 m (208 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 4/20/2012 4:53 PM
Activity type: -

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Guy Noir," DSH, Black, Sonoma - Found!

Guy Noir is a six year old, indoor/outdoor, black DSH. He is microchipped, but he is not wearing a collar.

He had been missing for several days before I was called because his person believed he was just hiding in the field across the street from their house, and that he just did not want to come home.

There were no sightings of Guy after he went missing.

The track we found indicated that Guy had accidentally got into a vehicle and driven away. The track was very similar to a vehicle, and then at one point at a commercial plumbing company, the track suddenly darted across a field and zig zagged all over a golf course and then darted across the street and went straight down a busy street for many blocks. Then the track went into a golf course. Unfortunately, we were not given permission to enter the golf course to follow the track. We were forced to stop the search. It was almost 8 PM by that time, anyway and almost dark. This last part indicated that he jumped from the vehicle and was then running loose.

I received a voicemail early the next morning that Guy suddenly appeared home late the night before about 2 AM.

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 11.50 km (7.1 mi)
Total time: 2:55:27
Moving time: 1:21:52
Average speed: 3.93 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 8.43 km/h (5.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 60.38 km/h (37.5 mi/h)
Average pace: 15.25 min/km (24.5 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 7.12 min/km (11.5 min/mi)
Min pace: 0.99 min/km (1.6 min/mi)
Max elevation: 54 m (176 ft)
Min elevation: 13 m (44 ft)
Elevation gain: 219 m (718 ft)
Max grade: 4 %
Min grade: -6 %
Recorded: 4/17/2012 3:06 PM
Activity type: -

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Axl," Terrier, Black and Tan, San Francisco - Found!

Here is the photo I snapped immediately after Axl ran out of the bushes into his dad's arms!

Axl is a one year old black and tan terrier mix. He is wearing a collar, but does not have any ID tags on. He got loose from the dog walker Monday afternoon. There had been a couple of sightings of Axl, but he would not come to anybody. 

I received a voicemail at 9 AM on Wednesday from Wild Bill Peacock, a dog walker at the Fort Funston dog walking area. I was unable to respond immediately, but he did reach me by text message about an hour later. He told me about Axl being missing at the Fort Funston dog walking area two days earlier. He asked me if I could come out that day to help look for Axl. I said I could be there by 3 PM. I was occupied in the Oakland hills until before that.

At that time, Axl's last known location was on the beach as seen by one of Wild Bill's dog walkers. Heidi was to meet me and show me the location. 

At 2 PM, as I was driving to meet them at Fort Funston, I got a text message that Axl had been seen about an hour ago at the Olympic Club by some maintenance people doing work on the course. I was now to meet Will Bill at the Skyline entrance to the Olympic Club. 

As I pulled into the Olympic Club at about 3:15, Wild Bill was waiting at the entrance. We drove down together to the parking lot. He said that Axl's dad was somewhere on the course, since Axl had been spotted at the 11th hole. Wild Bill said that I was to meet Axl's dad on the 11th hole. 

We got the scent article, I put on Dino's cooling jacket and harness, we got into a golf cart driven by one of the employees, and he drove me to the 11th hole. When we got there, we could not find Axl's dad. I called him on his cell phone, but could not reach him, and I left a message. We drove around more trying to find him. Finally, I got a phone call when we were back up at the top of the driving range. He said he was on the other side of the driving range. We drove there to pick him up, and then we went to the 11th hole and spoke to the maintenance worker who had seen Axl, who, luckily, was still there. I spoke directly to him and confirmed where he saw Axl. 

I showed Dino the whole area of where Axl was spotted, and then gave him the word, "Search." Dino turned and went up the hill, along a pathway, across a couple of greens and straight toward one of the open gates leading out to Skyline Blvd. I showed Dino all the directions, and Dino picked the direction to the right, which had the driving range on our right. On our left was the wall along Skyline Blvd and several feet of bushes, trees and weeds. At this point, I knew that Axl could still be on the course and hiding somewhere. I had Axl's dad start calling Axl's name and saying his favorite words.

We continued for about another 100 feet with the bushes on our left and the driving range on the right. I was about 25 feet ahead of Axl's dad when I saw a hose in an open shed to my right. I stepped in quickly to give Dino a drink of water and put water on his cooling jacket, which had started to dry. I have learned to always take advantage of water since we have been stuck where water was not available for long stretches. 

I was in the shed for less than 20 seconds, when I stepped out and Axl was in his dad's arms and his dad was saying that Axl came out of the set of bushes we had just passed! I was so happy! I ran over to them and took a quick photo, which is the photo above. At this point, I texted Wild Bill to tell him that we had found Axl, which was at 4:19 PM, an hour after I drove into the Olympic Club. 

This is a photo of Axl at home with his buddy. 


(My notes: I received the following email from a friend who belongs to this Yahoo! group. This is a letter that Bill Peacock, the dog walker who was walking Axl the day he went missing, sent it to the Yahoo! group. I was forwarded the post by another person who belongs to this group. I did make some notes along the way where Bill’s information is not 100% correct, but it is still a good account of what happened that day. Bill was not with us on the search. I was with Brian, Axl’s dad, and he had his other little dog.)
From: Bill Peacock
Date: April 14, 2012 8:25:55 AM PDT
To: Prodog
Subject: Axl found!
“I got a lot of follow up questions to the Axl saga.
Forgive me for the delayed response.
The groundskeepers at the Olympic Club spotted Axl about 2:30 on Wednesday.  
The entire grounds crew got involved in tracking him.  I tried to explain to the manager that being pursued by golf carts would just further spook the already frightened dog.
He said he had tried to say that, "but the guys are pretty into the chase".
So the owner and I arrive. We are each given a chauffer and are driven around like mad while the guys shout into their walkie talkies.
I nearly fell out of the cart repeatedly during frantic u turns.  Axl has gone back into hiding.
Now Jackie Phillips from arrives.
She wants $65 per hour of searching with a 4 hour minimum.  My pleasure!
She gets her tracking dog, Dino, out of the van.  Dino appears to be a mix of just about every hunting breed you van think of.
She doesn’t have Dino smell Axl's harness & jacket like they do on TV.  Instead she sprays a solution on a paper towel, wipes down the harness, and has Dino smell that.
(My notes: I didn’t spray any solution on the paper towels. I only use clean paper towels with nothing on it.)
Then she takes Dino's dog vest, soaks it in icewater, & straps it and a harness to Dino's back.
(My notes: I don’t use icewater on Dino’s cooling jacket. It is plain water stored in a hand-carried cooler, which is stored in my car at room temperature.)
She and Axl’s owner go to the last place Axl had been seen.  Dino identifies a stretch of bushes as containing Axl.
(My notes: The place we started was not near the place where Axl was eventually found. We were tracking for over 15 minutes on the golf course when the track led past where Axl was eventually found.)
Jackie points to the bushes, tells Axl's owner to call his dog, and takes Dino into the bathroom to get him some water.
(My notes: We did walk past the bushes where I thought Axl could be hiding, and I tell Axl’s dad to start calling for Axl since he could be hiding nearby. We did not go to a bathroom. I was about 25 feet ahead of Axl’s dad. We went to a small storage shed that was about six feet deep. I saw a hose and jumped in quickly to fill up the water bottles, given Dino a quick drink and replenish his cooling jacket, which had started to dry.)
While she is in the bathroom (My notes: storage shed) Axl runs out of the bushes and jumps into his owners arms!
All this took about 30 minutes.
(My notes: Actually the time was an hour from the time I got to the Olympic Club to the time we found Axl.)
Completely amazing!
Other than calling Jackie, getting a flyer to the staff of the Olympic Club was the most important step in the recovery of Axl.
This was Axl's first walk back after staying home a month after surgery.  The little bugger wasnt ready to go home after an hour on monday.  He was ready after 48 hours in the rain. 
Fwd: Axl found!
Posted by: "Jean Kind”
Date: Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:20 am ((PDT))
 On Apr 11, 2012, at 9:55 PM, (My notes: email deleted for privacy) wrote:
This is a good reminder too that if you can foster, you may be changing LOTS of lives as Dino was an ex Grateful Dogs Rescue dog!  You never know who you are giving a second chance and therefore having a ripple effect, saving lots of other lives!
What amazing work!  So happy for you all. 
From: Janet Slissman
To: Jean Kind
Cc: Bill Peacock
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:54:12 PM
Subject: Axl found!
Hi ya all!
Yes, I sent a message to ProDog several months ago regarding my client's praise of Jackie.  The important thing to know, is that it is super important to contact her "IMMEDIATELY".  Seconds count.  She found my client's dog, but it had been hit by a car and it was too late.  But it did bring closure, knowing what happened to her dog.  She definitely is awesome!  and should be part of your contacts.
Doggie Business

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 6.37 km (4.0 mi)
Total time: 55:17
Moving time: 33:58
Average speed: 6.91 km/h (4.3 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 11.24 km/h (7.0 mi/h)
Max speed: 31.67 km/h (19.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 8.69 min/km (14.0 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 5.34 min/km (8.6 min/mi)
Min pace: 1.89 min/km (3.0 min/mi)
Max elevation: 80 m (262 ft)
Min elevation: 21 m (67 ft)
Elevation gain: 135 m (443 ft)
Max grade: 9 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 4/11/2012 3:24 PM
Activity type: -

Sunday, April 8, 2012

"Chris," Sheltie, Sable and White, Palo Alto

As of May 20 Chris is still missing.

Chris is a seven year old, sable and white, Shetland Sheepdog. He is wearing a collar with a dog license and he is microchipped.

His person went to a home to visit and let Chris wander around outside. She said that she regularly allows Chris to do this, and he always came back, didn't wander around or she was able to find him.

The only sighting was of Chris at a house a couple of blocks away.

We found the track leading away from the neighborhood and around and around. The track eventually came back to within a few blocks of his home and where he was lost.

The search was called off at the four hour minimum.

Chris' person was convinced that Chris was picked up by somebody and they were holding him inside their home. After the search, she went to the home and asked this person if they had Chris. The woman said there was no possible way she could have Chris because her husband is allergic to dogs and they could not have animals in the home.

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 12.86 km (8.0 mi)
Total time: 3:15:18
Moving time: 1:59:42
Average speed: 3.95 km/h (2.5 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.44 km/h (4.0 mi/h)
Max speed: 32.41 km/h (20.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 15.19 min/km (24.4 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 9.31 min/km (15.0 min/mi)
Min pace: 1.85 min/km (3.0 min/mi)
Max elevation: 35 m (113 ft)
Min elevation: -25 m (-83 ft)
Elevation gain: 546 m (1791 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: -1 %
Recorded: 4/8/2012 7:42 AM
Activity type: -

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Oliver," Tabby, Grey, San Francisco

Still missing as of May 21, 2012

Oliver is an indoor/outdoor, two year old grey tabby DSH. He is microchipped but not wearing a collar.

His person was out of town at the time, and Oliver was staying with a former roommate at the roommate's house. Oliver was seen walking out of the kitty door, but he did not return. 

His person did not get home for several days due to a work committment. The roommate looked for Oliver by posting flyers in the area.

When Oliver's person got home, she looked all over for Oliver, but there were no sightings. She thought that Oliver was hiding in the neighborhood and was upset with her for leaving town for several days.

The track we found showed that it appeared that Oliver had been picked up near his home and was carried, probably by a transient person, out of the area, all the way to the Marina. 

The search was called off by Oliver's person at the four hour minimum. 

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 9.31 km (5.8 mi)
Total time: 2:50:02
Moving time: 1:11:06
Average speed: 3.28 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 7.85 km/h (4.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.13 km/h (6.9 mi/h)
Average pace: 18.27 min/km (29.4 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 7.64 min/km (12.3 min/mi)
Min pace: 5.39 min/km (8.7 min/mi)
Max elevation: 121 m (397 ft)
Min elevation: -3 m (-10 ft)
Elevation gain: 524 m (1719 ft)
Max grade: -8 %
Min grade: -17 %
Recorded: 4/5/2012 8:56 AM
Activity type: -