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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"NeNe," Miniature Poodle, White, San Jose


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Search Details:

NeNe is a ten month old, male, unneutered, white/cream colored Poodle. When he went missing he was not wearing a collar, but he was microchipped. 

By accident he got out of a back door to the home into the back yard which was not fenced. Earlier in the day, he got out and was returned soon by a nearby neighbor. 

There were no sightings of NeNe after he went missing the second time.

NeNe was missing for four days when we were called out to do the search. 

We found a track leading out of the neighborhood and down the street, which eventually turned into a very large county park and continued to follow the perimeter of the park on the outside for several miles. At the end of the park, it turned around and went back on the outside of the park. 

The search was stopped at the four hour mark by NeNe's person and she said she would continue to look for him. 


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Name: NeNe San Jose
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 10.09 km (6.3 mi)
Total time: 3:18:42
Moving time: 2:14:20
Average speed: 3.05 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.51 km/h (2.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.01 km/h (4.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 19:42 min/km (31:41 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 13:19 min/km (21:25 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 8:33 min/km (13:46 min/mi)
Max elevation: 71 m (234 ft)
Min elevation: 21 m (70 ft)
Elevation gain: 266 m (872 ft)
Max grade: 17 %
Min grade: -14 %
Recorded: 12/31/2013 11:39am

Friday, December 20, 2013

"Tucker," Labrador, Black, Concord




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Search Details:

Tucker is a five year old, 75 pound, black Labrador. When he went missing he was wearing a blue nylon collar with ID tags. 

Tucker went missing while he was staying at his person's father's home while he person was out of town for a few days. It appears Tucker broke a couple of boards in the fence and when somebody came home, they found Tucker missing. 

There was a single sighting of Tucker several blocks away later the night he went missing. We started the search from there. We followed the track around for four hours in an area, and even Tucker was sighted nearby while we were following his track. We got to that location as quickly as possible with other family members, but Tucker was not seen. 

The search was stopped at the four hour mark, and they said they would continue to look for Tucker. 

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Name: Tucker Concord
Activity type: driving
Description: -
Total distance: 12.22 km (7.6 mi)
Total time: 3:27:37
Moving time: 2:10:22
Average speed: 3.53 km/h (2.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.62 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 66.03 km/h (41.0 mi/h)
Average pace: 16:59 min/km (27:20 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10:40 min/km (17:10 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 0:55 min/km (1:28 min/mi)
Max elevation: 73 m (241 ft)
Min elevation: -2 m (-6 ft)
Elevation gain: 233 m (765 ft)
Max grade: 14 %
Min grade: -20 %
Recorded: 12/20/2013 10:48am

Saturday, December 14, 2013

"Catarino," Chihuahua, Tan, East Palo Alto


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Search Details:

Catarino is an unneutered, tan and white, eight month old, six pound Chihuahua. When he went missing he was not wearing a collar and he was not microchipped, but he was wearing a blue harness. 

Catarino went missing from his person's mom's home after his person dropped him off before going to work. She had done this exact same thing for several months prior, and Catarino never took off. For some unknown reason, Catarino left the yard from a very small hole in the side fence. 

There were a couple of sightings of Catarino in the local neighborhood the day he went missing, but no sightings after that first day.

We started from the most recent sighting and followed the scent all around East Palo Alto and eventually to a distant hiking/biking trail. The search was stopped by Catarino's person at the four hour mark, and she said she would continue to search for him. 

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Name: Catarino East Palo Alto
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 9.97 km (6.2 mi)
Total time: 3:31:49
Moving time: 2:15:26
Average speed: 2.82 km/h (1.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.41 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 6.14 km/h (3.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 21:15 min/km (34:12 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 13:35 min/km (21:52 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 9:47 min/km (15:44 min/mi)
Max elevation: 24 m (80 ft)
Min elevation: -23 m (-76 ft)
Elevation gain: 204 m (670 ft)
Max grade: 22 %
Min grade: -19 %
Recorded: 12/14/2013 12:26pm

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Niki," Mini Dachshund, Red with Wire Coat, Santa Rosa


Still Missing as of January 24, 2014


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Niki is an eight pound red, year old, wirehaired Miniature Dachshund. When she went missing on a Friday morning, she was not wearing a collar, but she was microchipped.

The family only had Niki for less than 24 hours when she escaped through a tiny unknown hole under the backyard fence. Prior to my arrival there were no sightings of Niki after she took off, but, while we were initially checking the area, we did find a person who said her daughter saw Niki within an hour after she went under the fence.

During the first day it was obvious that Niki was running loose by herself. It was clearly a pattern of a scared dog running every which way possible. By the second day, there was a strong indication that Niki had been picked up by a homeless/transient person. The initial pick up area was an area off the main trail where Niki went into an area that was a homeless camp, and from there the track was going in and out of various homeless camps and hangouts all around Santa Rosa.

We continued for a third day, and the track continued all the way down Santa Rosa Avenue and into a very rural area full of large farms and open spaces. We found several homeless camps all along.

The search was stopped at the end of the third day by Niki's people. They said they would continue to look for her.



Search maps:

Day #1:

Click Here to View GPS Map from First Day!

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: Niki Santa Rosa
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 15.92 km (9.9 mi)
Total time: 5:07:18
Moving time: 3:08:46
Average speed: 3.11 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.06 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.97 km/h (5.0 mi/h)
Average pace: 19:19 min/km (31:04 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:52 min/km (19:05 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7:32 min/km (12:07 min/mi)
Max elevation: 40 m (132 ft)
Min elevation: 2 m (5 ft)
Elevation gain: 269 m (881 ft)
Max grade: 11 %
Min grade: -8 %
Recorded: 11/29/2013 9:00am


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Day #2:

Click Here to View GPS Map from Second Day!

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: Niki Santa Rosa Day 2
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 25.62 km (15.9 mi)
Total time: 5:57:53
Moving time: 3:47:49
Average speed: 4.29 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.75 km/h (4.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 118.83 km/h (73.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 13:58 min/km (22:29 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 8:54 min/km (14:19 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 0:30 min/km (0:49 min/mi)
Max elevation: 51 m (167 ft)
Min elevation: 11 m (35 ft)
Elevation gain: 351 m (1150 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: -16 %
Recorded: 11/30/2013 10:07am


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Day #3:

Click Here to View the GPS Map from Third Day!

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: Niki Day 3
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 21.72 km (13.5 mi)
Total time: 6:01:04
Moving time: 3:42:52
Average speed: 3.61 km/h (2.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.85 km/h (3.6 mi/h)
Max speed: 66.45 km/h (41.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 16:37 min/km (26:45 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10:16 min/km (16:31 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 0:54 min/km (1:27 min/mi)
Max elevation: 49 m (162 ft)
Min elevation: 11 m (36 ft)
Elevation gain: 322 m (1055 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: -13 %
Recorded: 12/1/2013 10:39am



Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Apollo," DSH, White with Black Spots, Lafayette - Found!


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Apollo is an eleven year old, twelve pound, predominately indoor only, white with black DSH. 

When he went missing he was not wearing a collar but he is microchipped. 

He was last seen Friday morning at 9:30 AM when the husband let him out the front door into the very large private lot. There had been construction on the home for several weeks, but, so far, Apollo had learned to stay clear of the men and equipment. There were no sightings of Apollo after he went missing. 

I came out the next day on Saturday. Just as I was a couple of blocks from their home, I received a call that Apollo had been found! The husband was checking all closets in the house, and as he went into one on the ground floor, he heard some "meowing." In that closet there was a door to the crawl space under the house. He lifted up the door and found Apollo looking up at him! 

After I arrived, we looked around the entire house to see how Apollo could have entered the crawl space, and we did find one place in the garage that was open at the time he disappeared, and the workers were also using the place to keep some of their equipment. They said they would be keeping the garage door closed for now. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

"Muffin," Orange Tabby, DSH, Hercules

Still Missing as of December 27, 2013


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Search details:
Muffin is an indoor/outdoor, 15 pound, DSH, male, six year old, orange tabby with what tail and white feet. 

When he went missing he was not wearing a collar and he was not microchipped. He was last seen on a Sunday afternoon inside the house. His person opened up the front door and let him out. 

There was a couple of sightings of Muffin in the area after he was last seen by his person. He was missing for over three weeks when we came out to do the search.

After checking the area for a current track leading out, Dino found the track leading away from the neighborhood, down the main street and left and up into another neighborhood. 

The search was stopped by Muffin's person at the four hour mark. She said she would continue to search for him. 

It appears that Muffin was chased out of the area by another animal. Since he is a pretty good size cat, it may have been a loose dog or wildlife or a new larger cat in the area. 


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Name: Muffin Hercules
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 10.11 km (6.3 mi)
Total time: 3:19:14
Moving time: 2:07:23
Average speed: 3.05 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.76 km/h (3.0 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.48 km/h (4.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 19:42 min/km (31:42 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 12:36 min/km (20:16 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 8:01 min/km (12:55 min/mi)
Max elevation: 119 m (391 ft)
Min elevation: -4 m (-13 ft)
Elevation gain: 253 m (829 ft)
Max grade: 18 %
Min grade: -20 %
Recorded: 11/15/2013 11:56am

"Stuey," Shih Tzu/Maltese mix, Cream/Tan, San Francisco - Found!




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Stuey is a one year old, tan, 16 pound, neutered, Shiz Tzu/ Maltese mix. When he went missing he was wearing a collar with ID tags and is it unknown if he is micochipped. 

Stuey became lost at 10 AM on a Thursday when the car he was riding in was in an accident, and Stuey jumped out of the back of the truck covered by a camper shell. There were a couple of sightings of Stuey within a couple of blocks of the accident. 

We were scheduled to come out the following morning on Friday. About five minutes before leaving my house, I received a call that Stuey had been found early that morning in a yard nearby. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Roxy," English Bulldog, White with Brown, San Francisco - Found!



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Search details:

Roxy is a five year old, 40 pound, white and fawn English Bulldog. When she went missing she was wearing a pink harness and a pink collar with full ID tags and she was dragging a black nylon harness. Roxy was being walked by her dog walker on Tuesday, October 22, around 3 PM, with other dogs inside McLaren Park in San Francisco when a tree branch fell from above and startled her. She took off running and was seen a few times in the park. People tried to help her, but, since she is shy of people, she would not allow them to approach. 

We came out to do the search on Thursday, October 24. 

We started the search at the most recent sighting. After checking the area, Dino picked up the track leading away from the sighting, past the golf course, and out the park into a nearby grammar school. From there is lead into neighborhoods and eventually all the way out to Bayshore Blvd. Now, we stopped at a local donut shop to use the restroom and get a couple of quick snacks, when Roxy's person received a phone call that Roxy had been seen a couple of times the previous night on Third Street in San Francisco. Third Street turns into Bayshore Blvd when it gets to the Daly City border. He said he had known about one of the sightings, but, despite numerous calls and texts, he could not get the caller to respond to him to get a more accurate location, so we could not use that sightings. Plus, Roxy's person doubted that Roxy would travel that far. With the second sighting in the area, we were able to confirm that the dog seen was Roxy, and since Third Street turns into Bayshore and we were now on Bayshore, downwind from Third Street, we decided to continue along Bayshore, following Roxy's track. 

We continued following the track, which led into Daly City, just skirting the San Francisco border, near the Cow Palace. At any point, it would be easy to make her way back to where she got lost. I explained this to Roxy's person and suggested that flyers and posters be kept in the area of the park and surrounding it. 

The next day, at 1:55 PM, I received a text that Roxy had been found! She was at the golf course, which borders McLaren park. A maintenance worker had seen her walking through the course and had received a previous flyer. Roxy's people were called immediately. 



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Name: Roxy San Francisco
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 11.11 km (6.9 mi)
Total time: 3:40:45
Moving time: 2:12:07
Average speed: 3.02 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.05 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 59.25 km/h (36.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 19:52 min/km (31:58 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:53 min/km (19:08 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:01 min/km (1:38 min/mi)
Max elevation: 136 m (445 ft)
Min elevation: -13 m (-44 ft)
Elevation gain: 249 m (818 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: -15 %
Recorded: 10/24/2013 9:39am

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Andy," Kelpie Mix, Black with White, Emeryville


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Search details:

Andy is a two year old, 35 pound, black and white Kelpie mix. When he went missing he was not wearing a collar, but he was wearing a black nylon harness and he is microchipped. 

Andy disappeared on Saturday, October 19 at around 7:30 PM when he went outside in front of the house to "borrow the tree." However, he did not return. 

There were multiple sightings of Andy that night and the next day all around the area of the home and several blocks in every direction. However, Andy is very shy of humans and would not allow anybody to approach him or help him. 

We started the search on the following Tuesday, and started with the most recent sighting. We followed the track around the area and through some pretty rough bushes. While we were on the search in the third hour, Andy's person received a call that Andy had been seen just a half hour before at a park in downtown Emeryville. We walked to that area, I had Dino check the area, but he indicated that the scent I showed him was not here in the park. It appears that the dog seen by this person was not Andy. Afterwards we discovered that the person was a full block away from the dog she saw, and there were a lot of visual blocks in her way from seeing the dog clearly. 

We went back to the place where we left off and continued following the track. The search was called off at the five hour mark. She said she would continue to look for Andy. 



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Name: Andy Emeryville
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 19.86 km (12.3 mi)
Total time: 5:05:03
Moving time: 3:35:27
Average speed: 3.91 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.53 km/h (3.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 49.14 km/h (30.5 mi/h)
Average pace: 15:22 min/km (24:43 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10:51 min/km (17:28 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:13 min/km (1:58 min/mi)
Max elevation: 30 m (100 ft)
Min elevation: -18 m (-60 ft)
Elevation gain: 424 m (1391 ft)
Max grade: 19 %
Min grade: -15 %
Recorded: 10/22/2013 9:18am

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Isabella," DSH, Black with white paws, Folsom - Found!


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Search details:

Isabella is an eight year old, indoor only, tuxedo marked DSH with distinctive white paws. When she went missing she was not wearing a collar and was not microchipped. 

She was last seen on September 29 being chased inside the house by a small visiting dog. Isabella ran out the back door and was seen jumping the fence. 

An extensive search and campaign, with robo phone calls and posted flyers, was initiated by Isabella's person and their were multiple sightings as far away as three miles after being missing for over two weeks. We came out to do the search on October 19. The night before I came by, Isabella's person received a response to one her robo calls that a cat of Isabella's description was seen near his house, in an open space/green belt, a couple days prior. She met him that night and he showed her the exact location of where he saw Isabella. This spot was over three miles from Isabella's home. 

We started the search in that location the next day. After showing Dino the area, he picked up her trail, which went through the open space and eventually out to the neighborhoods. This led us through a variety of neighborhoods, county parks, fairgrounds and eventually all the way to a walking/biking trail along the river. 

At the four hour mark, Isabella's person called off the search and said she would continue to look for her. We had a friend pick us up and drive us back to her home. I put Dino back into the van, which was before the house since we had parked down the street. Due to the over two hour drive to Folsom from my house, I brought my other dogs and they remained in crates in the garage. After the search, we were letting the dogs, one by one, out onto the lawn before loading them back into the van to drive back home. Two of my dogs, Benny and June, were super eager and interested in an overturned rowboat on a side green patch in front of their home. It was probably over 20 feet long and eight feet wide, and it was covered by a heavy duty tarp. Both dogs were keying in on something underneath the boat, and were digging furiously at the ground at the edge of the boat. Isabella's person saw that and said, "Oh, it is probably mice. We get those all the time around here." I asked her if we should check by lifting up the boat, but she said no. I said OK and we got all the dogs into the car and I started home. 

The next day I received an email: 

"Hey Jackie!

You're little guy and June  were on to something with that boat in my front yard!  I went out and decided to try to lift it (it's very heavy) and let those mice out and out runs my cat, Isabella!!  She ran to my neighbors garage which was slightly open and couldn't believe my eyes! I picked her up and she's not really thin or beat up looking so she has been eating and drinking and just full of burs.  

I never checked the side area of this boat covered by the tarp so she did have access to get in and out!  And I truly don't think she's been there very long.  Thanks so much for all you're help!!!   My friend and I will go and take down flyers!    

Thank to You Benny Dino and June I checked under the  the boat, and I think walking thru open space for the last week and yesterday allowed her to find her way home! 

Sincerely,

Dot Stark"





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Name: Isabella Folsom
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 8.62 km (5.4 mi)
Total time: 3:06:36
Moving time: 1:36:21
Average speed: 2.77 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.37 km/h (3.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 39.78 km/h (24.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 21:38 min/km (34:50 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:10 min/km (17:59 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:30 min/km (2:26 min/mi)
Max elevation: 132 m (432 ft)
Min elevation: 36 m (118 ft)
Elevation gain: 130 m (427 ft)
Max grade: 18 %
Min grade: -12 %
Recorded: 10/19/2013 2:07pm

Friday, October 18, 2013

"Pippi," Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, Brown, San Jose





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Search details:

Pippi is a 15 pound, spayed, one year old, brown/tan Mixed Breed. When she went missing she was wearing a collar and ID tags and she is microchipped. 

She was last seen running out of a screen door at a temporary foster home, after her regular foster home went on vacation for a few days. She had been at the first foster home for one month after she was in a shelter in Santa Clara County. She had been picked up running loose and later they found out she was pregnant. 

With an extensive search, there were multiple sightings of Pippi after she went missing, however, only a couple could be verified and confirmed enough, so we had to start back at the most confirmed sighting, where she was seen by several people in the area of one block. 

She went missing on a Thursday at 10 AM, and I was at the search the following morning. 

After following the track for two hours, we eventually got to the other two sightings, along the way. The track was zig zagging all over San Jose and Santa Clara until it was called off at five hours. 

They have continued to look for Pippi, and the Facebook link is at the top of the page. They continue to  have sightings of Pippi throughout the area, but as of today, November 4, she remains at large. 



Name: Pippi San Jose
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 13.22 km (8.2 mi)
Total time: 5:11:10
Moving time: 2:32:35
Average speed: 2.55 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.20 km/h (3.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.16 km/h (5.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 23:32 min/km (37:52 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:32 min/km (18:34 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 6:33 min/km (10:32 min/mi)
Max elevation: 64 m (211 ft)
Min elevation: 1 m (5 ft)
Elevation gain: 294 m (965 ft)
Max grade: 14 %
Min grade: -19 %
Recorded: 10/18/2013 10:53am

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Alma," Siamese Mix, Cream, Black, Brown, Santa Barbara



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Search details:

Alma is an indoor/outdoor, un-neutered, three year old male Snowshoe Siamese mix. When he went missing he was not wearing a collar and he was not microchipped. 

Alma was last seen on Saturday September 28 as he was let outside by his person. He did not come back the next morning. After an extensive search of the very large agricultural property and surrounding areas, there were no sightings of Alma. We drove down and did the search on October 10. 

As I was driving down, Alma's person received a call that he had been seen the previous weekend at their home. However, he had just seen the flyers in the neighborhood. He called her immediately. 

When I arrived, we went to that location and did find Alma's track. We followed it around and out the large neighborhood. From there it went up the street and eventually into a very large riding stable. The track was all around the many, many stable and barns. Eventually it left and went back out to the road again and continued again up the main San Marcos Road.

The search was called off at the four hour mark by Alma's person and she said she would continue to look for Alma. 





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Name: 5092 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 7.14 km (4.4 mi)
Total time: 2:44:16
Moving time: 1:22:35
Average speed: 2.61 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.19 km/h (3.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 31.44 km/h (19.5 mi/h)
Average pace: 23:01 min/km (37:02 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:34 min/km (18:37 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:55 min/km (3:04 min/mi)
Max elevation: 150 m (493 ft)
Min elevation: 7 m (23 ft)
Elevation gain: 223 m (731 ft)
Max grade: 18 %
Min grade: -17 %
Recorded: 10/10/2013 3:34pm

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Minerva," DSH, Grey/Brown Tabby, Sebastopol



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Search details:
Minerva is an indoor only, five year old, grey/brown tabby DSH. She was adopted the previous month from a local animal shelter. When she went missing she was wearing a collar with ID tags and she is microchipped. Per her person, Minerva is very shy and scared around strangers.

She was last seen at the house on September 28, and she was sighted by her person the following Saturday, October 5th, about a mile from the house. We started the search from that location. No flyers had been created or posted, so we first created a flyer.

This part of Sebastopol is considered West Sonoma County and is predominately ranches and farms and vineyards of all sizes and shapes. The town of Sebastopol is several miles away, and the nearest town in another direction is at least three.

After searching the area, we found the track leading away form the area and down a private driveway to a place where two houses were side by side. It appears that Minerva spent a lot of time here because her track was all over the properties. Unfortunately, there was also a large loose dog at one of the houses, so we were prevented from following it all around. Instead, we picked it up coming back out of the property and followed it out and down the road to a popular biking/hiking trail that eventually led us to a small town.

Due to unknown GPS problems, the mapping system stopped and I was not aware of it until much later.

The search was stopped at the four hour mark, and he said he would continue to look for Minerva.





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Name: Minerva Sebastopol
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 3.93 km (2.4 mi)
Total time: 47:53
Moving time: 25:01
Average speed: 4.93 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.44 km/h (5.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 52.18 km/h (32.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 12:10 min/km (19:35 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:22 min/km (10:14 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:09 min/km (1:51 min/mi)
Max elevation: 103 m (339 ft)
Min elevation: 21 m (68 ft)
Elevation gain: 21 m (70 ft)
Max grade: 6 %
Min grade: -12 %
Recorded: 10/9/2013 1:48pm

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Sam," DSH, Black, Monterey


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Search details:

Sam is a 14 pound, four year old, indoor/outdoor, all black DSH. When he went missing  he was not wearing a collar, but he was microchipped. 

Sam was last seen on Monday, September 30 at 9 PM, as he was let out the front door. He never came back the next morning, and they started looking for him. Even after an extensive search of the area and phone calls sent out to over 1200 houses in the surrounding area, there were no sightings of Sam. We came out to do the search the following Saturday, October 5. 

After checking the surrounding neighborhood, we found a tracking leading out of the neighborhood. After about a half hour, it appeared to me that Sam was inside a vehicle and his scent was coming out, but Sam's people said he would never go near a car. At one point, the scent went off suddenly to the right and through a small "coastal forest" that appeared to surround a gated community. Eventually, we got to the edge of the gated community and we were back out into the regular neighborhood. To me it appears that Sam escaped from the vehicle which was carrying him back at the point where the forest started. Especially since at this point was the entrance to the gated community and somebody who was entering would have had to stop and enter a code to enter through the vertical gate bar. There couls also have been more than one vehicle lined up to enter, causing an additional delay. Sam's people continue to say that Sam would never go near a car. The car could have been a type of car with an opening like a truck, and the driver probably never knew that Sam was in the back. 

After leaving the gate community, we followed the track around Monterey, crossing many busy roads, eventually leading back to a street parallel his home. However, since that road had no direct connection to his neighborhood, he would never have seen his house.

We continued the search until it was stopped by Sam's people at the four hour mark. They said they would continue to look for him. 

I believe that Sam was originally chased out of the area by either another cat or wildlife like a raccoon, and then was carried for a short while in a car, probably when Sam jumped into it to escape the predator. Both Sam's people said that there were existing issues with both in the area, and Sam had come home in the past with scratches and minor wounds. 



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Name: Sam Monterey
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 9.34 km (5.8 mi)
Total time: 3:01:16
Moving time: 1:51:56
Average speed: 3.09 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.01 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.93 km/h (4.9 mi/h)
Average pace: 19:25 min/km (31:14 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:59 min/km (19:17 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7:34 min/km (12:11 min/mi)
Max elevation: 135 m (442 ft)
Min elevation: 17 m (54 ft)
Elevation gain: 173 m (568 ft)
Max grade: 11 %
Min grade: -12 %
Recorded: 10/5/2013 12:57pm

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Tabitha," Grey Tabby, DSH, San Rafael


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Tabitha is a five year old, indoor only, 15 pound, brown and black tabby DSH. When she went missing she was not wearing a collar and it was unknown if she was wearing a microchip because they had recently in the last month received Tabitha from a close friend who had passed away. 

Tabitha was seen at 4:30 AM on Saturday September 21st, running out of the back sliding door, being chased by the small dog in the home. Even after numerous searches and flyers all over the neighborhood, there were no sightings of Tabitha. We came out on the following Saturday, the 28th. 

After checking the yard and checking the surrounding neighborhood, Dino indicated that Tabitha's scent went into the open garage and he was frantic about jumping up onto and around the washer/dryer. They did say that the garage door is frequently left open for long periods since they live in a very safe neighborhood. Both me and the cat's person were searching in all the bins and shelves and drawers around the washer/dryer, but we couldn't find anything. I backed up a little to get a better viewpoint, and suddenly I saw what appeared to be a very large opening in the wall at the point where the wall and roof meet. The cat's person said that they had to create the hole to do some work on the roof a couple of months ago, but that it had not been covered up yet. From the floor to the hole in the roof, there was a series of shelves and bins that a cat easily could have hopped up onto and then into the hole and disappeared into the large space of the roof.

After clearing away all the items from the shelving, her husband was able to put a trap into the large space. This was one of two traps they had been using outside, in hopes of catching Tabitha. It was unclear whether there was a connection from this part of the roof over the garage to the rest of the house over the bedrooms. They said they would check and maybe put the second trap in the area of the second trap door near the bedrooms. 




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Name: Tabitha San Rafael
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 1.12 km (0.7 mi)
Total time: 1:00:11
Moving time: 17:57
Average speed: 1.12 km/h (0.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.74 km/h (2.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 5.05 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 53:44 min/km (86:29 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 16:02 min/km (25:49 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 11:52 min/km (19:07 min/mi)
Max elevation: 9 m (31 ft)
Min elevation: -3 m (-9 ft)
Elevation gain: 30 m (100 ft)
Max grade: 9 %
Min grade: -5 %
Recorded: 9/28/2013 3:26pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Little Cookie," DSH, Siamese/Tabby Mix, Oakland - Found!

Found in Less Than 15 Minutes!


I received the following letter from Cookie's mom after the search:


"Hi Jackie---
Hope you and Dino are well.  

Please feel free to use it as well as the picture of Little Cookie and me on your website.

Eternal thanks to you and Dino :]

I am happy to be a reference for you, and to personally speak to, text or email with any prospective clients of yours. :]

Lauren
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I have nothing but the highest praise for Jackie and Dino. 

 My cat Little Cookie had fallen out a window when her claw got stuck in the window screen. Cookie, a strictly indoor kitty, is extremely shy and hides from most people, including my husband (although she is extremely attached to me[and I am to her!] and is continuously at my side, on my lap, in my bed, etc...) 

 Even though I knew she was almost undoubtedly on my property or close by (a freaked out indoor cat like Cookie will find the closest, best hiding spot and not move no matter what), and I had begun to search for her outside, I truly felt there was NO hope whatsoever of finding her, that I was searching in vain, and the tragedy of this would be absolutely heartbreaking for me, and how would I ever recover from losing Little Cookie. If she gets freaked out and hides very well*indoors* it would absolutely be impossible to find her outside when she is undoubtedly multiple times as freaked out as she’s ever been in her life indoors.

After some research on the internet, I found Jackie. Responding promptly to my phone call, she thoroughly gathered information from me over the phone and was able to schedule the search for that same day.  She arrived on time, was up front and couldn’t have been clearer about her rate structure, her work process, and what my job needed to be in this situation. She was very focused on the work at hand and totally knew exactly what she was doing as we gathered samples of Little Cookie’s scent from places in my house. 

Dino was super happy to be searching.  :] although he was extremely excited, Jackie kept him controlled and focused.  In 15 minutes or so, we honed in on a particular spot on my property.  Frankly, I truly thought Dino (and Jackie) were mistaken, about this spot.  Honestly I was a bit frustrated at their focus on this spot, and was aggravated that Jackie was persisting in asking me to move things so that Dino could have better access to this tight spot. (I may have even tried to discourage her!) She was saying that Dino was extraordinarily focused on this spot, even for him. And then to my utterly BLOWN MIND, I spotted Little Cookie in that very spot we were exploring.  I was humbled and shocked!! I just could not get over that she was found and in less than 30 minutes!! That Dino and Jackie were my very last hope of finding her and that they did was just the most mind blowing and relieving thing-- I was nothing short of absolutely stunned and more grateful than I can put into words.

I highly, highly recommend Jackie and Dino and shall always sing their praises and have tremendous gratitude to them.

lauren schneider
www.wonderlandgarden.com
510.914.2772

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Cookie is a four year old, petite, 10 pound, indoor only, female DSH tabby/siamese mix. She went missing by accident at around 7:30 AM this morning, when she fell from a second story window after the screen came loose. When she went missing, she was not wearing a collar and she was not microchipped. 

There were no sightings of her after she went missing, even after an extensive search of the yard and surrounding neighborhood. 

I received a call around 12:31 PM asking to come help to look for her. I was there by 2:30 PM. 

After showing Dino the scent article, we first checked two vehicles on the property in the front of the house in case she was hiding in one of the cars, which was an oversized and raised truck with no shell. Dino said she was not there. From there we went to the back of the house, where four loose and feral cats lived on the property. The yard was a standard sized urban backyard, maybe 30 feet long by 30 feet wide, high fences and inside the yard was a lot of potted plants and an extensive organized wooden plank pile that was from ground to the height of the fence and maybe 15 feet long. After checking the perimeter of the fence and a hole in the base of one of the fences that led to a neighbor's yard, I saw from the corner of my eye a petite but leggy cat run from the middle of the yard to the plank pile. Cookie's mom thought it was one of the feral cats, but I decided to take Dino there to have him check. 

I took Dino to the location where I saw the cat run to and Dino frantically started to get deeper inside the pile, scratching at tree stumps and an old BBQ. We had to move several large cut and trimmed tree stumps stored underneath, along with several potted plants. I was also getting poked by other cactus plants. Dino barely had room to squeeze in, but he frantically pushed himself in. Cookie's mom said that she did see one of the feral cats on one of the levels of the plank pile and thought Dino was trying to get to that cat. But, I knew that Dino would not really care about another cat, but he would care if he smelled the cat we were looking for. I asked if we could continue to look through the pile and move some more items. 

Within one minute, Cookie's mom shouted, "I see Cookie! She is wedged down behind a large pot." I pulled Dino out of the search pile and held him with me while Cookie's mom pulled away pots one by one and pushed herself down to where she could reach her. She was about 10 feet to my left. After about another minute, she pulled Cookie out of the wood pile and held her close. She quickly went into the house to let Cookie loose.


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Name: Little Cookie Oakland
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 0.10 km (0.1 mi)
Total time: 34:59
Moving time: 01:29
Average speed: 0.18 km/h (0.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.22 km/h (2.6 mi/h)
Max speed: 4.22 km/h (2.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 334:30 min/km (538:20 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 14:14 min/km (22:54 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 14:14 min/km (22:54 min/mi)
Max elevation: 0 m (0 ft)
Min elevation: -5 m (-16 ft)
Elevation gain: 5 m (16 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 9/24/2013 3:27pm

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Shoe," DSH, Black and White, Mountain View




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Shoe is a three year old, 14 pound, indoor/outdoor, white with black DSH. He has extra toes on his front paws, which makes his paws appear very large.

When he went missing he was not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. 

Shoe was last seen by his person inside his yard on Friday evening. He was seen the next day by  a neighbor inside the apartment complex at 9AM and at 9 PM the same day by another neighbor. He was also seen Sunday afternoon in the afternoon by the apartment manager. Shoe's person sent out a phone alert to the surrounding neighborhoods, which triggered another sighting of Shoe the following Wednesday morning several blocks away. Shoe's person went to the neighborhood, put up flyers and walked around looking for him, but did not see him. 

We came out the following Friday. We started the search from that sighting on Wednesday and we did find Shoe's scent. The track zig zagged around the surrounding area, eventually coming back to same neighborhood, and out again. 

The search was stopped at the four hour mark per Shoe's person. She said she would continue to look for him.

My belief is that Shoe was chased out of the area by a loose animal, like a dog or big raccoon. Shoe was well known in the area, and didn't appear to have any enemies. He had lived in the area for over three years and it appears he always got along with other animals. 


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Name: Shoe Mountain View
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 12.14 km (7.5 mi)
Total time: 3:45:30
Moving time: 2:09:19
Average speed: 3.23 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.63 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 65.70 km/h (40.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 18:35 min/km (29:54 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 10:39 min/km (17:09 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 0:55 min/km (1:28 min/mi)
Max elevation: 21 m (67 ft)
Min elevation: -12 m (-40 ft)
Elevation gain: 220 m (720 ft)
Max grade: 18 %
Min grade: -11 %
Recorded: 9/13/2013 8:21am

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Marley," Siamese, Seal Point, Antioch


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Marley is a indoor only, two year old seal point Siamese. When he went missing he was wearing a collar with ID tag, but he is not microchipped. 

Marley was last seen inside the house at 7 AM on a Tuesday when his person went to work. She said she came home at noon for lunch, but did not see him. When she arrived home later in the day, she looked again, but did not see him. 

Marley does have access to the small suburban back yard, and the other cat in the house is indoor/outdoor. 

They had recently moved to the house within the last two months, and the previous home was an apartment, where Marley had no access to the outside. 

There were no sightings of Marley after he went missing.

We performed the search the following Thursday.

After showing the surrounding area to Dino, which was extensive due to the multiple roads out of the neighborhood, plus the several trailheads to open space in the neighborhood, Dino found the track leading out of the neighborhood. 

The track was very straight and purposeful and continued like that for a couple of miles. Suddenly the track bolted off the to left and onto a trail and behind a bunch of houses, eventually coming out onto another trail. The track would eventually lead throughout numerous neighborhoods  and shopping centers and schools. 

The search was stopped by Marley's person at the four hour mark. 

My guess is that Marley was picked up somewhere in the large vicinity of where we checked around the house. It is unknown exactly where he was picked up. He could be in a vehicle or being carried. Delivery truck like UPS or USPS are common, or Marley's person thought it might have been a high school student who was walking through the neighborhood on their way home. However, it does appear that he got away from this vehicle or person and was then running loose by himself for quite some time.

They said they would continue to look for Marley. 



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Name: Marley Antioch
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 9.93 km (6.2 mi)
Total time: 3:32:34
Moving time: 1:59:44
Average speed: 2.80 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.98 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 7.37 km/h (4.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 21:24 min/km (34:27 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 12:04 min/km (19:24 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 8:08 min/km (13:06 min/mi)
Max elevation: 77 m (252 ft)
Min elevation: 25 m (82 ft)
Elevation gain: 226 m (742 ft)
Max grade: 12 %
Min grade: -16 %
Recorded: 9/12/2013 11:52am

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Baby," Siamese/Tabby Mix, DSH, Scotts Valley


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Baby is an indoor only, declawed, eleven year old, DSH, Siamese/tabby mix. When she went missing she was not wearing a collar, but she is microchipped. 

She escaped out the front door by accident at 7 AM on a Saturday while the person was taking trash outside, and was seen briefly underneath the front stairs by Baby's person (the wife), but then the person went back into the house without attempting to catch Baby. Per Baby's person (the husband), who was asleep when all this happened, at least an hour or more went by before a search for Baby was performed.

After she went missing there were no sightings of her.

We arrived the following Tuesday for the search.

The search area was a suburban area, but many of the houses, including Baby's were built on sides of cliffs and hillsides. After doing an extensive check of the area to find the track leading out, we found it leading away from the house, around a corner, down to the end of the main street and then eventually all the way into downtown Scotts Valley. 

By the time we got to the downtown area, I was convinced that Baby had been picked up and carried to the area, probably in a vehicle. It was certainly not the track of a loose, lost and scared cat. It was very purposeful.

Once we got to the downtown area, the track led into a large and fenced nursery. After getting permission to enter, Dino followed the track all around both the inside buildings and outside nursery areas. Eventually Dino found the track leading out of the nursery and then it went scattered all over the neighborhood like a loose and lost cat. This continued for another hour, eventually leading into a large mobile home park and out the front. At this point, the search was stopped by Baby's person at the four hour mark. 

To me it appears that somewhere on her street, which was long and winding, up to the next block where the track took off from, Baby was picked up and carried away by an unknown person, but my best guess is that this person had a connection to the nursery in some way. The nursery already was putting out bowls of food inside for cats allowed to run loose, so I think this person thought Baby was a stray since flyers for Baby did not go up until after 24 hours of her being missing, and she was not wearing a collar. I think that sometime between the time when Baby was last seen by the wife, she took off and was hiding in the neighborhood and not found by them.

Unfortunately, when Baby was taken to the nursery, due to the track going all over the nursery, Baby eventually took off from there and was then running loose in the neighborhood which was predominately industrial business parks, with the highway running parallel. 

The husband, who accompanied me on the search, said they would continue to look for Baby. 





Name: Baby Scotts Valley
Activity type: walking
Description: -
Total distance: 8.57 km (5.3 mi)
Total time: 3:44:58
Moving time: 1:56:45
Average speed: 2.29 km/h (1.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.40 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 6.05 km/h (3.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 26:15 min/km (42:14 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 13:37 min/km (21:55 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 9:55 min/km (15:57 min/mi)
Max elevation: 254 m (834 ft)
Min elevation: 157 m (516 ft)
Elevation gain: 211 m (692 ft)
Max grade: 16 %
Min grade: -14 %
Recorded: 9/10/2013 8:30am

Friday, August 30, 2013

"Hobs," DSH, Black, Oakland - Found!


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On September 4, I received an email that Hobs had been found. He was suddenly appeared in the neighborhood of his home, one week after he went missing.

His person said she did not believe that Hobs had ever left the neighborhood since, she said his pads showed no road wear. She did acknowledge that he was skinny and dirty and appeared tired, though saw no outside physical wear like wounds or scratches. I reminded her that during the search I did suggest to keep up flyers in her neighborhood in case Hobs returned to the general area, which a lot of cats and dogs do, even after extended periods of time. At the time I told her that, she was very skeptical that he could ever find his way back to his neighborhood. I tried to console her at the time that cats were very good trackers and could find their way back. 

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Hobs is a 13 year old, all black 14 pound, indoor/outdoor DSH. When he went missing he was not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. 

He was last seen on a Tuesday evening at 9 PM on the back deck of his home, in which he had recently moved to. We did the search on Friday morning. There were no sightings of Hobs after he went missing, even after an extensive search of the area by his person. 

Hobs' home is on an acre in the Oakland Hills, and is not fenced. There is a large, expansive and rural canyon that is the back of his home. Since it was not known how he left the property, we first had to check for a current track in all the area that surrounds the home. This area is extremely hilly with windy, narrow and steep roads. 

Dino found Hobs' track leading away from the hillside in which the home sits. This street is only one of two roads leading out of the area. The other is uphill and several miles in the opposite direction. 

For the first day, we followed the track out of the area and toward the area of Hobs' former home, but then the track turned in another way, and into another canyon leading away from the two homes. The search was stopped after five exhausting hours in high heat and hill climbing. Hobs' person asked me to come back the next day to continue the search. 

We started the next day at 7 AM, hoping to beat the heat, but unfortunately, the hillside fog burned off early, and soon we were in high heat again. We followed his track for another five hours, when it was called off by Hobs' person. She said she would continue to search for Hobs.

My best guess is that Hobs was chased off by some type of wildlife that lives in the steep canyon behind his home. Hobs and his other kitty buddy had only lived there for one month/


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