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Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Kraimer," English Bulldog, Red Brindle with White, Gilroy

Still Missing as of December 2, 2012



This ad was posted in the Pets section of Craigslist on December 1, 2012:


A reward of $1000 is being offered to who ever has information. We just want our dog back. Please HELP! He is believed to be in the San Jose AREA: PLEASE CALL


Una recompensa de $ 1000 que se ofrece a quien lo ha logrado información. Sólo queremos que nuestro perro. Por favor, ayuda!"

I sent an email to the ad in CL asking if Kraimer had been spotted in San Jose. I got two emails back that were so full of swear words that they are unprintable. 

They remain extremely furious that their dog is missing and continue to take that out on me. Per the ad, it appears the dog was seen in San Jose, the exact direction where we tracked him to. All the photos in the ad are of Kraimer and even the flyer is the original flyer. 


Kraimer is a four year old neutered, brown and white 65 pound English Bulldog. When he went missing he did not have his collar on, but he was microchipped. 

Kraimer got out of a gate left open by mistake at around 9:45 PM. He was spotted a couple of times in the next hour, but then he was not sighted again. Unfortunately, the two sightings came in third party through the police department, so we could not confirm the exact location of the second sighting, so we started back at the first sighting, which was closer to home. 

The track lead us back toward the house and past it. His people did say they walked around the area looking for him, but then went to bed around 11:30 PM. Their house is behind a large gate at the back of the property and can not be seen from the street. There is another house there that belongs to the property owner. It looked like Kraimer came back home, but could not get in, and they would not be able to hear them due the location of their house in the back.

Per his people, Kraimer is very shy of people other than them, and will not allow people to pet him, even when approached in a friendly manner on the street with them. Kraimer could  have been sitting on the lawn and somebody walked by and maybe tried to help him, and he got scared and ran off. Their home is in a "downtown" and residential area of Gilroy, and there can be foot traffic going back and forth to the downtown area and other homes, per Kraimer's people. 

From their home, the track led through an industrial area and onto a busy main street, Monterrey Blvd, and then the track headed straight north, which continues for miles, all the way to San Jose. 

Also, per his people, Kraimer is in good health and walks regularly. They did say he could be very fast when he gets scared, and appears capable of traveling long distances. He is not a typical bulldog that tires easily and can barely walk, which has been my experience in the past when English Bulldogs become lost: they sit and wait for somebody to pick them up. 

I did say that Kraimer could return to the area, like many animals do, and to keep looking for him a wide area and also to keep posters/flyers up in the immediate area in case he returns. 

Kraimer's person made it clear in an email about a week after the search that she did not believe Dino was ever tracking her dog. I am not able to reprint the email due to certain words that were used. Her frustrations stem from the fact that she believes that her dog was picked up and carried away, or was being held nearby in a neighbor's home, waiting for their very large reward. In her opinion, English Bulldogs are so highly desirable that somebody would really like to have him, even though he is neutered. I explained several times that, due to his frightened personality, it would be very difficult to even catch him, even is they were being friendly and trying to help him. I reminded them that they admitted that he was fast and would not allow a stranger to pick him  up, so how do they expect that somebody is holding him in their home!


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Name: Kraimer Gilroy
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 8.43 km (5.2 mi)
Total time: 2:36:45
Moving time: 2:07:05
Average speed: 3.22 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.98 km/h (2.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.45 km/h (5.9 mi/h)
Average pace: 18.61 min/km (29.9 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 15.08 min/km (24.3 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 6.35 min/km (10.2 min/mi)
Max elevation: 80 m (262 ft)
Min elevation: 43 m (142 ft)
Elevation gain: 154 m (505 ft)
Max grade: 1 %
Min grade: -2 %
Recorded: 11/18/2012 1:55pm

Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Poochy," DSH, Grey Tabby, Eureka, CA

Still missing as of November 29, 2012


Poochy is an indoor/outdoor 13 year old Grey Tabby DSH. She is microchipped, but not wearing a collar. 

She was last seen  with her person on the large 13 acre property. Her person went inside to take a phone call and came out to find Poochy gone. That was not unusual, but Poochy did not come home by the nighttime. 

Poochy was missing for over two weeks by the time I came up for the search. We found her track leading around the property and then eventually out, down the only driveway. 

On either side of the driveway were other homes with no fencing and large dogs known to be loose occasionally, per Poochy's person. She did confirm that both dogs have been seen in the past on her property, especially since the property was vacant for several years prior to them recently purchasing it. 

The track we found was of Poochy going down the driveway, out of the property and then going right down the "main" road. It did appear that Poochy went in and out of a couple of driveways and then, eventually, turned left, across the road, and down a service road, leading into the large regional park Patrick's Point Regional Park. It is a massive, to say the least, public park with over a 100 RV and picnic areas. It is also directly on the coast. It was beautiful in nasty weather. It must be outstanding in sunny, gorgeous weather. 

We did follow the track all around the park on a variety of trails and parking lots. We did talk to a couple of rangers and they said they would be on the outlook for her. 

After an hour of clear weather, it started to pour sheets of rain, and it continued for four more hours. There was no cover or place to get out of the rain. I did have a rain jacket on and boots, but by the end of five hours, I was soaked to the skin and freezing cold. Also, I was seeing tree limbs and branches down in area where we had already walked, and these trees that we were walking under were very large Redwood and Eucalyptus trees. 

We thought about waiting for the rain to stop, but it continued hard for a couple more hours. We checked the weather for the next day, and the weather website said it expected storms the next day. I decided to make the five hour drive home that day. 

Poochy's people said they would continue to look for her. 


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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Name: Poochy Eureka
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 10.13 km (6.3 mi)
Total time: 3:51:59
Moving time: 2:14:25
Average speed: 2.62 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.52 km/h (2.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.22 km/h (4.5 mi/h)
Average pace: 22.90 min/km (36.8 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 13.27 min/km (21.3 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 8.31 min/km (13.4 min/mi)
Max elevation: 106 m (349 ft)
Min elevation: 31 m (101 ft)
Elevation gain: 282 m (926 ft)
Max grade: 3 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 11/17/2012 9:37am

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Goldie," Mixed Breed, San Rafael - Found!


Goldie is a 27 pound, reddish gold and white, medium size mixed breed. She is wearing her collar with ID tags and she is microchipped. She is very shy and nervous around strangers. 

She disappeared on Tuesday when a contractor came to the house to do some work, and Goldie got scared and ran out the side door and out the side gate, both which were left open by the contractor. At the time we originally talked on the phone, there were no sightings of Goldie after she went missing. 

When I arrived at the house to do the search, they had received two new sightings, both within a half hour of Goldie leaving the house. We went to that location, which was just a few blocks from her home, and we found the track leading away in a different direction. Also, in that intersection was a work crew that had the street torn up and they were one of the people who saw Goldie running away. What the track told us just at this point was that Goldie did attempt to make her way back home after the road crew had already gone, but something got in her way (maybe somebody trying to help her) and she deviated away in a different direction. 

From here the track went in a direction that led her miles away, but still within the city limits of San Rafael. Her people stopped the search at the three hour mark because he said he had some place to be, and his wife was not available to meet me on the search. He said he wanted to continue the search the next morning when they had more time to work with.

We had a time set for 10 AM the next morning. I received a text at 5 AM that morning that said, "Goldie just came home!!!!"

I got this voicemail at 8:14 AM:
"Goldie managed to come last night. We are so happy! She showed up on the deck at five in the morning. Thank you so much for all your help, and we think it was really because of your work yesterday that we established a scent path for her to come home. Thank you so much again for coming out so quickly yesterday. We are glad to have Goldie home again!"

There was a little issue with the GPS mapping. I finally got it to start at the third attempt, and we were already about a mile into the search, but then it worked perfectly!

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Name: Goldie San Rafael
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 3.37 km (2.1 mi)
Total time: 1:16:58
Moving time: 39:34
Average speed: 2.63 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.12 km/h (3.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 8.33 km/h (5.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 22.82 min/km (36.7 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11.73 min/km (18.9 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7.20 min/km (11.6 min/mi)
Max elevation: 70 m (231 ft)
Min elevation: 2 m (8 ft)
Elevation gain: 127 m (416 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 11/7/2012 2:08pm