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Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Jake," Solid Grey with White, DSH, San Francisco - Found!

Found After Missing for Almost Four Weeks!

May 23, 2013

I received this email today:

"Hi Jackie,
I just wanted to let you know that I just found him. I got a call from someone that saw him on the stairs three doors down and he was still there when I got there. He took off, and I called him for a long time, but he didn't come and I went home so that I didn't send him too far off again. I went back and sat on the stairs and he crawled into my lap. We're going to the vet shortly to get him checked but other than smelling bad and being mad to be in captivity, he seems fine.

Thank you again for all of your help."



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Jake is an indoor only, eleven pound, five year old grey with white DSH. He is not wearing a collar, but he is microchipped. 

He snuck into the garage by accident, and when the husband came home through the garage, Jake slipped out. The time was at 7:45 AM on Sunday morning.  I was called out the following Sunday.

The location is at the top of Diamond Heights, so the area is very steep with several large areas of thick, weed filled, rugged open space in between the sets of apartment and condo complexes perched on the hilltops. He was seen a couple of hours after he went missing, across the street in an open space between condo complexes. The next day, Monday morning, he was seen by a neighbor in another location, in the same open space, but about a block distance away. There were no more sightings until the following Thursday, by a maintenance worker at the same condo complex, near the same location as the Monday morning sighting. We started the perimeter check there. 

While we were checking the perimeter and looking for a track leading out, a young woman said that she thought she saw Jake sometime on Friday in one of the areas where we had just checked. She said he was sitting in one of the open space areas, as she walked by. This person was in a rush to catch a bus, so we did not get her name or number or time of the sighting. However, the location she described was an area where we had already checked, so we knew he was not there any more.

We started the search and Dino followed the track that led out of the area and then looped back to nearby. Then the track went in another direction and looped back to the general area. Then it went in another direction and looped back, but this time not as close. The track looped back out of the area again, and then started to come back. At this point, after six hours, Jake's people called off the search, and said they would continue to look for him. 

I explained to Jake's people that it appeared he was trying to get home, and had made it back a couple of times that is known. Maybe more, but only seen those times. Since he is indoor only, he does not know the front of the house. Due to the extreme compact design of the houses, the garage door is right up against the sidewalk, with no driveway, and only a few feet of walkway to the front door. That is the whole front of the house. Coyotes and raccoons are extremely common in the area. They do have a trap set on the walkway, but no food was put inside, until I talked to them the night before. Then they sprinkled freeze dried chicken. 

I did recommend that, since they have security cameras pointing at the location of the trap, to set the trap for a few days so that it will not trigger. If Jake is returning to the area, he can freely come and go from the trap, get food and feel more comfortable. Then, once they see him going in and out, set the trap to trigger. 

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Created by Google My Tracks on Android.
Name: Jake San Francisco
Activity type: -
Description: -
Total distance: 13.19 km (8.2 mi)
Total time: 5:30:31
Moving time: 3:04:11
Average speed: 2.39 km/h (1.5 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.30 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 8.33 km/h (5.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 25.06 min/km (40.3 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 13.96 min/km (22.5 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 7.20 min/km (11.6 min/mi)
Max elevation: 200 m (655 ft)
Min elevation: 38 m (125 ft)
Elevation gain: 486 m (1594 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: 11 %
Recorded: 5/5/2013 9:38am