TWO DOGS RESCUED BY HIKERS AFTER A WEEK LOST IN THE WOODS
When Gracie got spooked and ran off a few years ago we hung up signs and Marty the milkman spotted her and called me. Rob once slipped out when the guy who scoops the yard didn’t latch the fence and I received a call from a guy on the next block a few minutes after I let him out, “This very friendly dog has your phone number all over him, I guess you want him back!”
This news story shows that we have reached the point where Social Media really is the way we are communicating now so if you have lost a pet be sure to check Facebook, Craigslist, etc.
Check out this article from the AKC News:
On October 26, Dennis Elton brought his two dogs with him on a trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mt. St. Helens. When they got out of the car, Woody’s and Brock’s instinct kicked in.
Woody is a Brittany, a breed known for its sharp pointing skills, and Brock is a Labrador Retriever, another high-energy hunting breed. Both dogs caught a scent and ran off in search of it. Elton wasn’t able to find them after hours of searching, KGW-TV reported.
A week later, hikers in two different areas of the forest found the two dogs. Both dogs had separately traveled 25 miles from where they were lost, and both were scared and soaked. The hikers shared photos online, one on Facebook and the other on Craigslist. Elton learned about Woody’s whereabouts first, when a photo shared more than 9,000 times made its way back to him. On his way back from picking Woody up, his wife came across a Craigslist ad by the person who found Brock.
Kevin is framing the cabinets with trim and then he and I will head to South Center to pick flooring. Marty, Gracie’s rescuer, finally got to meet Gracie & Rob today and I am hoping he makes it to our Winter party so you can all meet him too. In the meantime he has lots of homework from Scott (a gift of boutique cigars). Gracie was her usual, skittish self but he didn’t seem to mind.
The floor underlayment is in, ceiling drywall is in, plumbing is roughed in and has passed inspection. Scott’s cigar lounge is full of cabinets and the living room is stuffed with everything that belongs in the kitchen. The job is going quickly and I think we are good as long as Scott has his lounge back by the time the rain starts. Continue reading Kitchen update: Wednesday→
Gracie is awake today, limping around on her poor blistered feet. She has gone from a skinny 35.5 to 31 pounds and when I give her a cookie, she stashes it in the couch or in her bed rather than eating it. I have her on Rescue Remedy and I’m putting Rescue Remedy Cream on her feet. Those two products always work wonders for Rob. Scott and Kevin are doing the electrical work in the now gutted kitchen so I have her downstairs in my studio. Whenever I reenter she licks my right arm to my chin and then down my left arm. I just keep repeating, “you are ok.” poor sweetie.
I will start chronicling the kitchen remodel later today.
Well, she is still OUT, 7 hours after coming back home. I woke her twice to drink water and twice because she was running & squeeking in her sleep.
I am going to keep this thread active in the menu bar. The links may cease to work but the resources may help someone else. I emailed Smith Bros to commend Marty and I am proud to live in such a caring community. Again, A big thank you from all of us!
I got a call this morning (8:12am) from Marty who drives for Smith Bros Farms. He said he thought he saw Gracie near the intersection of Marine View Drive and Normandy Terrace but he had to leave her to backtrack a block to get my number off one of our signs. I drove down there and called and called, finally I started heading back up the hill and at Brittany Place… I saw her. She was standing on the corner sniffing the air and I stopped the truck and called her name. She turned but looked poised to run, I called again and she ran to me full speed and threw herself on the ground on her back at my feet. I grabbed her, hugged her and quickly pushed her into the truck thru the window where she jumped all over Rob screaming the whole time! Just then Marty pulled up and we hugged like lottery winners!
By 8:36 I had given her a pile of the dog cookies I keep in the truck and we were driving home with her still squeeking, me singing “We got you, We got you” over and over and Rob flapping his tail so hard it sounded like I had an egg-beater running in the jump seat. She is dirty, smells funny according to Rob, and most of her pads are peeled like open blisters, otherwise she is perfect and even still has her collar on. I’ll get her to her vet this afternoon to weigh her and see how dehydrated she is.
Thank you everyone! All those signs, calming thoughts and eyes on the ground made all the difference. Now, time to put a screen-roof on the dogyard.
No new sightings yesterday, sigh. I did get two calls with tips and some good suggestions from FB. A woman said to check the For Sale listings on Craigslist. I have G listed in the Lost/Found and the Pet categories but she said her two Belgian Malinois disappeared and then turned up for sale on Craigslist, luckily a friend noticed and called her. She said she went with an animal control officer and a microchip reader and got them back. Then Joe sent this idea:
First map out a series of spokes radiating from the house to the south and west. Load Robbie up with water and drive out to the far end of a spoke. Walk Robbie home, pissing all the way. That way the strength of the scent shows the way home. Repeat for the other spokes.
So, that is what I will be doing today, taking Joe’s more systematic approach.
Thank you Katie & Erika for posting more flyers for me! If any of you would like to print some I added a link to the flyer as a button in the nav bar or in Pages in the sidebar, or here. I don’t know what area she’ll turn up in next so more is better. I am checking all the links in the previous post several times a day to see if there have been any new sightings or ideas. If you would like to help with this, please check Petfinder, PetHarbor or any other shelter any time you have a chance.
One benefit of all this driving around is that it reassures me that she isn’t lying hurt or dead by the side of any of the roads I’ve been on. I am keeping my attitude optimistic and I still keep visualizing that she’ll either be waiting on the porch when I get home or that someone will call and say she is hiding under their deck and would I please come and collect her.
As if having Scott out of town and Gracie lost wasn’t enough, today is kitchen demolition. It has been scheduled so long that I can’t put it off again, besides I have no room to store the cabinets when they arrive on Monday. I moved everything from the cabinets and drawers into the living room last night and early this morning and now that Kevin is working, I can get back to the hunt. Hmm, I looked for an emoticon (a smiley icon) of someone tearing their hair out but I can’t find one. You would think there would be one.
I found this gem while going through all the pictures I have of her. She’s such a nut!
Another sighting has her in Gregory Heights heading toward Normandy Park. Both callers have noted that she is the fastest dog they have ever seen and I can’t even imagine how panicked she must be to be running like that. This is her third night outside. 😦
I did not know that there were other Formosans in the neighborhood but I spotted two in yards during all my driving around and carefully examined them, well, only carefully enough to discover that both were male 🙂
We spent all day yesterday walking around and driving around, putting up signs and calling her name. Today I’ll drop off flyers at the vet offices that weren’t open yesterday and get more signs up. I can’t imagine how frightened she must be and I don’t have any idea whether she is running farther away or hiding nearby.
I am grateful for how interested people are, many come right over to read the sign and talk to me as soon as I staple one up. I also never realized how important telephone poles are to the communication in a community. Some have so many staples and nails sticking out of them that I have to remove several to get my sign flat. Scott and I have been wearing Fitbits since his birthday and try to get 10,000 steps every day, that is around 5 miles. Yesterday I got 20,272 steps (11.53 miles) and the equivalent of 28 floors of stairs.
Every time I come home, I expect to see her on the porch waiting for me.
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