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Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Rosie," Yorkie mix, Red/Brown, Santa Cruz - Found!


February 18, 2013

I received the following email today:

"Dear Jackie,

Just a note to let you know that Rosie has been found!  I got a call today (eight days after she went missing) from employees at a construction materials company called Granite Rock about two miles from our house (My follow up notes: on Coral and Harvey West Boulevard, right across the street from COSTCO.)  They found her hiding under a pallet, and one of the men had to put on gloves to get her out.  She was very scared and trying to bite him.  They were able to get her collar off and then called me.  She would have had to cross a very busy road to get there, it's a miracle she wasn't hit by a car.  She was very dirty, thirsty and hungry, but home safe now.  

I did get one call from a high school student who was pretty sure she had seen her on Friday downtown next to Loudon Nelson Center,  near one of the streets we walked down (Chestnut).

It's great to have good news to tell.


My follow up notes:
Since Santa Cruz is pretty much an isolated area with the coast on the west and mountains in every direction, except for a small area leading south, I suggested to continue to look for Rosie in the large vicinity of the city of Santa Cruz. Based on the four hour search we did that one day, she was bouncing around the area due to the unique location. This is similar to San Francisco, which has water on three sides, and, unless the animal finds the southerly direction out of the area, they will end up bouncing around the city. 


Rosie is an adult, reddish brown, nine pound Yorkie/Chihuahua mix. When she went missing she was wearing a collar with ID tags and she was microchipped. She is described as very shy and fearful of humans. 

Her people were away for a few days and there was person coming by to feed Rosie and take out the garbage. When this person came by, she did not see Rosie, which is normal, but she noticed that food was missing from the bowl, so she assumed Rosie was hiding somewhere in the bedroom. Rosie had access to the yard through a dog door in the sliding glass door. This person went to the garage to put out the garbage cans, and had the back gate open for a few minutes. It is not known how or when Rosie escaped from the yard, but we did find another very small hole in a side gate that was unknown previously where Rosie could also have escaped from the yard. 

There were no sightings of Rosie after she went missing. 

Her people returned that afternoon, Monday, at around 4 PM and could not find Rosie. The person came by at 7 AM earlier that day to feed her, so it is unknown when she left the house. I came by that following Thursday. Her people were convinced that Rosie was hiding somewhere in the neighborhood, but just could not find her. 

The track we found led away from the area and started to roam around Santa Cruz, including visiting a lighthouse and walking along the very long and wide San Lorenzo Creek. The search was stopped at the four hour mark since Rosie's person had to return to work. I pointed out that the track was leading back to the vicinity of their neighborhood, so I suggested to keep the flyers up in that area in case Rosie returned to the house or the neighborhood, which does happen. 

They said they would keep looking for Rosie and they would let me know when they found her. 

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Created by My Tracks on Android.
Name: Rosie Santa Cruz
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 14.42 km (9.0 mi)
Total time: 3:43:52
Moving time: 2:18:25
Average speed: 3.86 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.25 km/h (3.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 12.59 km/h (7.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 15.52 min/km (25.0 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 9.60 min/km (15.4 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 4.76 min/km (7.7 min/mi)
Max elevation: 35 m (115 ft)
Min elevation: -12 m (-39 ft)
Elevation gain: 415 m (1363 ft)
Max grade: 21 %
Min grade: -35 %
Recorded: 2/14/2013 10:48am