Sunday, February 28, 2010

Gia, Brussels Griffon

Lost and Found
January 30, 2010
Posted by judylobo

It’s always something, isn’t it? At 6AM this morning, on my way out of my building to walk my dog, Benny, the doorman tells me he saw a loose dog in the adjacent courtyard overnight.

“What kind of dog”, I say – “a pit bull?” He said “it looked like a boxer puppy”. I sighed and said “keep me informed.”

At 6:45AM my phone rings. “We see the dog – do you have a crate?” the doorman says.

Like a woman possessed I run to the lobby with my cat carrying crate. The doorman, two building porters and I try to capture one very frightened small dog. It took about 15 minutes but we managed to capture her and put her in the carrying case.

I recognized her immediately as the ‘LOST DOG’ I had seen on many lamp posts in the neighborhood for the past several days. We ran to the dog park to get one of the posters. Her name is ‘GIA’ and she had been missing for five days. We phoned the number on the ‘LOST DOG’ poster but only got a voice mail. We also phoned the microchip number on the poster to no avail.

She was shivering and frightened. It has been brutally cold in NYC these past few days and nights. I brought her some of Benny’s food and water. She wolfed everything down. I gave her one of Benny’s toys and she immediately put her head on it and began to fall asleep.

I brought GIA up to my apartment and fell in love in about three minutes. She ate two bowls of Benny’s food, and managed to scare my cat (which is not easy to do). She spotted Benny’s overflowing toy box and went crazy for all of the half eaten bones.

I phoned the number on the poster once again and finally got her Dad, Sacha. He was thrilled and started to cry. He was working in LA but assured me that his team of friends were in the neighborhood putting up more ‘LOST DOG’ posters and would be at my apartment momentarily.

More photos were taken, lots of dog kisses were received and before you know it, little GIA was retrieved and nestled into the arms of a good friend of her Dads.

It’s always something. This time – it was a good something.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Deacon, GSD

Dog lost in Virginia is found in DeLand
Microchip helps reunite German shepherd, owners
By Pat Hatfield, Beacon Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2010 - 4:38:45pm

This is a dog story about a German shepherd named Deacon. In an almost catlike manner, he's had several lives, and lived to tell about them.

The mysterious part of Deacon's story is how he disappeared the week before Christmas from his home in Stuart, Va., and how he came to resurface two months later, in DeLand.

Deacon's owners, Pamela and Keith Holt, fretted and searched during those two months. The dog was not to be found.

That is, until a DeLand Police Department Community Service Aide was dispatched to the 1000 block of East New York Avenue on Feb. 17, in response to a call about two stray dogs. The pooches were running in and out of traffic.

The two dogs were taken to the city's Second Chance Animal Shelter. The next day, Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas checked out the dogs and found a microchip on one, a German shepherd.

Thomas traced the microchip information and found the dog was registered to Pamela Holt, who had adopted the dog recently in Statesville, N.C., rescuing him life and possible death at a shelter. Holt had taken Deacon to Stuart as a Christmas present for her husband, Keith.

Two days after Deacon was identified through his microchip, Pamela and Keith Holt arrived in DeLand to reclaim their dog.

She wrote a letter stating, "After many days of searching and contacting authorities and neighbors our family had given up on ever seeing our beloved dog again."

On Feb. 19, Pamela Holt got the call from Officer Thomas.

Thomas and other members of the DeLand Police Department gave the Holts a warm welcome on Feb. 20, she said.

We Help Animals President Karen Clark gave the couple a $77 donation to help offset traveling expenses. The organization also sprang for a night's stay in a local hotel, so the Holts and Deacon would be rested before starting their 10-hour drive home.

West Volusia Humane Society President Gloria Thomas donated food, treats, toys, water and other dog essentials for the trip.

"In conclusion, we are extremely grateful for the people who helped us retrieve our dog in order for us to bring him home safely," Pamela Holt wrote. "The world is a better place for having the kind and caring people that we were fortunate to meet in Deland, Florida."

Due to a microchip and those caring people, all ended well for Deacon.

Here's how microchipping works: A tiny chip containing the pet’s address and contact information is inserted beneath the pet's skin. The chip is linked to a database, so the information can be updated. Most vets will equip pets with microchips. The cost runs $30-$35. The chips are usually placed in the pet's shoulder area, staff at FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital told The Beacon.


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Bella, chow-GSD mix

Rescued dog reunited with her owners
Associated Press
March 9, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Days after being pulled from an ice-covered lake, a 10-year-old dog missing for two weeks is back in the warmth of her owner's home.

Bella the wayward Chow-German shepherd mix was reunited Friday with her family, three days after her rescue from Lake Lemon. She found her water bowl and food dish where they have always been, even though owner Hannah Shuler feared her 50-pound mutt might be dead.

"I didn't have the heart to put it away after she was gone," Shuler said.

Bella was rescued Tuesday from ice and mud about 200 feet from shore on Lake Lemon near Bloomington. Monroe County animal control officials used a boat to pull her to safety after the dog spent about 10 hours in the lake's icy waters. The canine was taken to a veterinarian for treatment of hypothermia.

When her photograph appeared on the front page of Friday's editions of The Herald-Times, Shuler's partner, Boyd McGinnis, spotted Bella's familiar brown muzzle. The dog had an intravenous line in her foreleg and an apprehensive look on her face.

While Shuler had given up on seeing Bella again, her daughter, Ramona, had remained optimistic.

"She believed that people might have found her and that she was saved," Shuler said. "And as it turns out, Ramona was right."

When Shuler and her daughter arrived home Friday, Bella was waiting inside by the door.

"She seems disoriented, and is kind of pacing around back and forth," Shuler said.

She said Bella had vanished two weeks ago after being let outside following a trip to the vet for breathing problems. She feared Bella might have gone off to die because Bella didn't seem much better after receiving some medicine.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tavish, west highland white terrier

Pilfered pooch puts instincts on auto-pilot
Story by Matt Pranger
posted 07/10/02

Tavish, an amiable West Highland White Terrier from San Juan Island, was swiped along with a delivery van in Seattle last February. After five months who-knows-where and with who-knows-who in the Emerald City, Tavish popped back into Chris Chouinard's and Ronnie Metcalf's lives.

"It's a miracle. It's great to have him back," Chris said of being reunited with his faithful canine companion.

"He's survived a hell of a lot," Ronnie said. "It's got to be a really scary story."

Tavish went everywhere with Chris -- on car rides, in the hardware store, the Friday Harbor Airport where his buddy flew for Island Air and on personal flights. The popular pooch even accompanied Chris when he was delivering oysters for Westcott Bay. In Seattle in February, 2002 Chris left Tavish sitting on a front seat and went into a restaurant on Second Avenue. Chris returned three minutes later to find the van, the oysters, his wallet, other personal belongings and his dog gone.

Chris searched Seattle for his pal. The van was abandoned. Police ticketed it and towed it the next day. Officers didn't notice a small white dog. Chris and Ronnie pasted poles with posters of Tavish. They checked newspaper's "found" ads, animal shelters and offered rewards. Their search was even featured on KIRO TV.

On Valentine's Day, they were contacted about a found dog fitting Tavish's description. The pooch wasn't Tavish.

"We went through a lot of grieving," Ronnie said.

Even though their hopes were fading, Tavish's buddies continued watching from hundreds of feet above Seattle, scanning for a little, white lost dog during flights to Boeing Field.

Ronnie and Chris didn't locate Tavish during those flights but buzzing planes probably helped them retrieve their dog. A woman living a few blocks north of Boeing Field found Tavish on July 4. She read the dog's tags and called the Islands Veterinary Clinic, who in turn contacted Chris. Ronnie learned the heart-warming news over the public address system at Islands Hospital, where she works as a nurse. A usually reserved co-worker hugged Ronnie and gushed that her prayers had been answered.

"I can't believe how many hearts he's touched," Ronnie said.

Chris immediately flew down to Seattle. Tavish seemed "dazed and confused" but "came alive" when he heard the planes' props and smelled the familiar exhaust and fuel fumes, Chris said.

A vet examined Tavish and Julie Palmer of Velvet Touch trimmed him. Tavish, who has some scars from some scrapes with other dogs, is being treated for an infection but his health is improving daily.

Though Ronnie wonders if the terrier will ever recover his full spunkiness after his big city adventure, she and Chris know one thing for certain.

"If you lose your dog or something, don't give up," Chris said.

"Don't ever give up," Ronnie said.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Toby, walker hound

Dog Reunited With Family After Major Snowstorm Reporting
Feb 8, 2010 6:21 pm US/Eastern

We brought you a number of stories during our extended snow coverage over the weekend, but one story about a missing dog touched many of you. E-mails about Toby poured into WJZ.

Mary Bubala has an update on the dog and the search for his owner.

"I found this guys along I-895 and Moravia Road just in the middle of the highway laying down," said Col. John Gavrilis.

Live on our air Saturday night, the head of MTA's police force, Col. Gavrilis, made our hearts melt in the middle of a snowstorm. He had found a dog, freezing and alone, and rescued him.

"The dog was just in the middle of the street, so I got a ham sandwich out that I had packed with me and I lured him into my car. And as luck would have it, I found WJZ down on Boston Street," said Gavrilis.

Little Toby is a great puppy.

WJZ's Jessica Kartalijia and her crew made sure our viewers got a phone number to call if they knew the dog's owners. Calls and e-mails poured into WJZ and into Jason Grady's Bolton Hill home. He and his wife had posted this photo on Craigslist for a missing dog.

"People started calling us. The dog's on the news, turn on Channel 13," said Jason Grady.

The family called us, and we helped reunite them with their dog - a 3-year-old walker hound.

Toby got away during a walk in Patterson Park on Saturday and roamed all the way to Moravia Road near I-895.

"He must have caught a scent like hounds do and took off running. Normally I'd be able to get him, but in 30 inches of snow, not happening," said Grady.

Jason, his wife, Leah, and son Jaden are now a family again with Toby by their side. And Jason has a message for Colonel Gavrilis.

"Thank you, Colonel. Sorry about your sandwich, I heard he ate your sandwich," said Grady.

"I am just so happy that it was a great ending and the dog made his way home," said Gavrilis. "Yeah, we know [Toby] loves ham and cheese."

Toby has been back out in the snow after resting up most of the day Sunday. He seems to be in great condition.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Luna, Boston terrier

Boston Buddies

Luna is a 16 month old female Boston who wiggled out under a gate with her Boston sister Hayley on the morning of August 1, 2009. The girls were on the lam for about an hour when their family got a call from a Good Samaritan who had found them cruising by the McDonald's on the corner of Lincoln and 17th Street in Santa Ana.

Their mom rushed down to get them and found the Good Samaritan holding Hayley, and watching Luna as she continued the game of "chase me" she thought she was playing.

While mom put Hayley in the car, the Good Samaritan went to round up Luna and that was when he saw a woman in a black car pick up Luna, put her in the car, close the car door and drive away even though all around were yelling at her to stop!

Luna was wearing her collar with identification tags and a current phone number and the family thought for sure that they would be getting a phone call from the person who has Luna - but no phone call came.

The family was frantic - Luna and Hayley were best of friends and Hayley was depressed without her sister. Posters were hung in the area, the police were notified and a reward was offered for the safe return of Luna - no questions asked. Luna's family wanted her home.

Some time later (neither the date nor length of time was included in the story) Luna was able to escape from the horrible people who stole her in August and found her way into the arms of a Boston lover who knew a dog as cute and friendly as Luna had to belong to someone.

Unlike the person who stole Luna as her family looked on in horror, this good Samaritan went to the Boston Buddies Lost and Found page and realized the little dog that had come to them for help was Luna! They contacted Boston Buddies and we put them in touch with Luna's family.

Luna's family, including Hayley, is over the moon with happiness to have their little girl home.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Charlie, lab mix

Lost dog tale has happy ending in New Orleans
By Richard Thompson, The Times-Picayune
February 15, 2010, 4:41AM

Days after Stephan Soleas packed his bags, and his accordion, and hitched a ride to New Orleans, his 6-year-old Labrador mix went missing near his northern New Mexico home.

Owner Stephan Soleas and his dog Charlie are reunited, nearly 1,200 miles away from where they parted ways, but only about 50 blocks from where Soleas was staying in New Orleans.

In a made-for-TV twist of fate, Soleas, 26, who came to town to make music and visit with friends for a few weeks, got word Feb. 5 that his canine companion, Charlie, had surfaced on Magazine Street -- nearly 1,200 miles away from where they parted ways, but only about 50 blocks from where he was now staying.

Not buying it? Neither was Soleas.

Here's the story behind the mini-drama: A New Orleans couple traveling together in Taos, a small New Mexico town near the noted ski resort, spotted the all-white dog "just kind of running in the street, and they thought it was a stray because it didn't have a collar," said Teresa Gernon, who co-owns the Magazine Street Animal Clinic.

When they stopped the car and opened a door, the dog jumped right in, according to Gernon, who described the couple as longtime customers who had "the best of intentions" in helping the dog.

The couple, who, through Gernon, declined to speak with a reporter about finding the dog, spent days combing the Taos neighborhood, searching for the owner or someone who recognized the dog. A nearby veterinary clinic, not equipped with a pet microchip scanner, was no help.

So the couple, charmed by the friendly dog's antics, scrapped plans for their return flight and rented a car to make the three-day drive back to New Orleans with the dog, whom they coincidentally christened Charlie.

Back at the Magazine Street clinic, the couple discussed plans for adoption, but when Gernon scanned the animal's chip, Soleas came up as a match. Gernon called him the next day and was amazed to learn that he was staying just a short distance away.

Gernon said the couple took the news well. "I think they were a little sad, and a little shocked, but they were just happy that he was able to get reunited with his family," she said.

For his part, Soleas, who plays in a band with his wife, Jemma, was relieved to have the dog back. "I'm just grateful for them," he said. "Charlie could've ended up somewhere else."

Soleas wasn't surprised that Charlie, who he said is a certified service dog, hopped into a stranger's car. "It's kind of this little game that he plays," he said, "but this time he didn't have his collar."

About 4 percent of dogs that arrive at shelters in the United States have been microchipped, according to figures from HomeAgain, a national recovery service. Because the chips are embedded in a pet's flesh, they can be more effective than collars in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends steps for people who find animals they suspect are strays, including posting "lost pet" notices in the neighborhood, and checking in and reporting the find with local animal shelters, newspapers and online postings.

"I think the moral of the story is that chipping is so important for animals," said Katherine LeBlanc, spokeswoman for the Louisiana SPCA, which received 171 reports of missing pets in December.

Gernon agreed. "It can happen to anyone, anytime," she said.

"Any animal's collar can come right off or be taken off or slip off, and that dog can't just tell you who it is."

To Soleas, who said his trip had gotten off to a rocky start before the surprise phone call, Charlie was welcome company during the Carnival season.

"Literally, my dog disappeared 10 days ago in New Mexico," he said shortly before Barkus rolled through the French Quarter. "He wasn't supposed to be here, and now I've got him walking around with me, just in time for the dog parade."

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Megan, sheltie

Lost Sheltie: Never give up hope...
May 31, 2007

Last Saturday, we took the Cub Scouts on an outing at Camp Roosevelt (the Scout camp in Eddington about 20 miles from Bangor, ME). We decided to take Megan with us, and let her run around out on the ice. The boys were building igloos, and we figured she'd stay right near the group.

Wrong. She trotted across the lake, would not come back to us when we called, and headed up into the woods. Ed tracked her up through the woods up the side of Blackcap Mountain to an old logging road, where her tracks then led down to the camp's main access road.

That's where the trail ended, and that's the last we saw of Megan.

We made two trips back into the woods on Sunday, with no luck. We printed off a reward poster and placed it in the local stores, stuffed mailboxes and placed an ad in the Bangor Daily News. Megan's breeder even came up from Waterville with four other Shelties to try and lure Megan out of the woods, but there was no sign of her. We received a few phone calls (one of which sent Jeanne on a 40-mile goosechase down route 9), but nothing came of the leads.

On Friday morning, we got a call from Kim, the coordinator of a youth group who were staying at the camps. Kim had just seen Megan on the main access road, but the dog had scampered off into the woods when approached (Shelties are a very skittish breed, and spending all that time in the woods makes them even more spooked). We headed into the camps immediately, along with Jeanne's brother Larry and his wife Elnora. The plan was to set up a live trap if we couldn't call her out of the woods.

Shortly after we got there, Elnora slipped on the icy road, and down she went. Larry brought her to the hospital for an X-ray, where they discovered that she had broken her ankle AND sprained her thumb in the process. So now she's wearing TWO casts. She said it would all be worth it if only we could find Megan (in Elnora's words, "the first thing I'm gonna do is kick her a@#!").

After four hours of calling for the dog and snowshoeing up the hill, we decided to call it a morning. Ed went back to work for a few hours, and Jeanne went home to nap and to pack up the van for us to spend the weekend at Camp Roosevelt. We knew our puppy was out there, and we had to get her back to safety.

We arrived back in camp prepared to rough it for the weekend.

Wrong again. We were taken in by the weekend Campmasters, Skip and Judy M., in the warm, heated Health Lodge building. We had oil heat, a microwave oven, and a flush toilet and shower to top it all off. We set the live trap, and also set up Megan's kennel near a small pumphouse building where we had seen an abundance of tracks earlier in the day.

Ed went to check the trap before going to bed (it was Friday night, so he stayed up until 9:15). When he went to have a look at the kennel, he heard some barking in the woods. He crouched down and waited, calling Megan's name out and offering her some of her favorite treats. After about five minutes, she finally got close enough for him to latch onto her and place her in the kennel.

Jeanne was absolutely speechless when Ed walked into the cabin with Megan in tow. Her prayers had been answered, and God had brought her puppy home to her. This little fourteen pound dog (actually eleven now) had survived for seven days and six nights in the Maine woods. She made it through an ice storm on Sunday, twenty-below zero windchills on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Lord knows how many predators. The area is teeming with coyote, great horned owls, fox and bears.

After a visit to the vet, Megan is perfectly healthy. She lost three pounds and seems exhausted, but she seems none the worse for wear. She has no sign of frostbite, malnutrition or animal attacks.

Unbelievable? You can say that again.

In the words of the late coach Jim Valvano, "DON"T EVER GIVE UP!"

Ed & Jeanne


Friday, February 19, 2010

Ajax, jack russell

Police raid frees boy's long-lost dog
Jim Winchester
Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A young Albuquerque boy has been reunited with his beloved dog more than a year after it disappeared and fell into the hand of someone who refused to give it up.

Veronica Ramirez later denied having Ajax, but Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies found the dog when they raided her home Monday morning. Ramirez had cared for Ajax for more than a year but in October told a judge she had lost him.

Nichole Gerardo says the dog is her son Joshua's best friend.

"I'm very, very happy," Joshua, 6, told KRQE News 13 as he played with his dog Monday after school.

Joshua demonstrated that Ajax still remembered how to shake hands. It was a trick Joshua taught the dog several years ago.

Ajax ran away from the Gerardo's in May 2008. After searching for the dog for a year, the Gerardos lost hope Ajax would ever be found.

But last spring, county Animal Control located the dog at the home of Ramirez while they were working on a different investigation. Ajax was positively identified through his embedded microchip.

Despite efforts from Animal Control, sheriff's deputies and News 13, Ramirez refused to return the dog up.

After several months of court appearances, a Metropolitan Court judge ordered Ramirez to return the dog in October. But Ramirez told the judge she had lost the dog.

Not convinced, the judged order unannounced searches of Ramirez's home. Ajax was found Monday morning during a search by Sheriff's deputies.

"It was really hard to believe," Nichole Gerardo said. "I held him in my arms. He was nervous. I never thought I would hold him again."

Meanwhile Ramirez could face charges for allegedly lying to the Metro Court judge about losing the dog. He warned her in October that if Ajax was found during a search, she could be charged with perjury.

A decision on whether to charge Ramirez has not yet been made, according to sheriff's and Metro Court spokespeople.

News 13 went by Ramirez's home late Monday to get her side of the story, but she wasn't there.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Copper, beagle

Incredible journey
Rachel Beck, Corvallis Gazette-Times
Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:08 pm

Dana Harlow holds his 8-year-old beagle, Copper, in his Brownsville home Thursday afternoon. Copper ran away over three years ago, and the two were reunited recently after a hiker found the beagle in McDonald Forest in Corvallis.

The tail of Copper the beagle isn’t very impressive right now. It’s missing a lot of hair and wags timidly, shyly.

But the tale of Copper the beagle? Now, that’s something else.

Copper is about 8 years old. She came to Oregon as a puppy from Washington, where she was born. Her owner is Dana Harlow of Corvallis, who named her after the dog in his favorite Disney movie, “The Fox and the Hound.”

About a week ago, Copper was found wandering in McDonald Forest in north Corvallis.

Harlow, now 21, hadn’t seen her in three years.

A cry in the forest

Marsha Swanson of North Albany was hiking in McDonald Forest with her friend, Julie Hockensmith, on Feb. 6 when they heard a dog howling.

“It sounded terribly in distress,” Swanson said.

As they continued walking, the sound got louder, but they couldn’t tell where it was coming from. Swanson started calling to the animal, and eventually a dog emerged from the forest and came over to her.

The dog, a beagle, was anxious and seemed to have a destination in mind.

“She was clearly upset and distraught, but she wanted to get to where she wanted to get to,” Swanson said.

As it happened, Swanson’s dog had briefly disappeared in the forest the week before. She wasn’t about to leave this dog alone. Swanson put a leash on the beagle and began to lead her back to the road.

The beagle looked neglected. Its skin was swollen, and its toenails were so long they had started to curl under. Even sitting, the dog could hardly bear to put weight on her front feet.

“She was just in really sad shape,” Swanson said.


Swanson took the dog to River’s Edge Pet Clinic in North Albany. The dog had a bad case of fleas, some growths and ear infections.

The office scanned for a microchip and got a hit: Karen Ridley in Brownsville.

Ridley is Harlow’s mother, and she was the one who answered the phone. When the voice at the other end said they’d found Copper, “we were in complete disbelief,” Harlow said.

Ridley cautioned Dana against getting their hopes up. But when they walked in and saw the dog — even though years had passed — they were sure.

“It was pretty obvious that it was her,” Harlow said.

Harlow and Ridley were excited, but Swanson was wary. She didn’t know it had been three years since Harlow had seen Copper and was concerned about the dog going back to its owner. Wanting to prevent further neglect, she called the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Harlow didn’t expect to have to talk to a deputy, but he had no problem explaining the unusual situation.

Swanson was relieved to discover Copper is back where she belongs: “I’m really happy to hear the real, right people are getting the dog.”


No one’s sure how Copper got to the woods, but the journey began when she ran away from Brownsville.

Three years ago, Harlow also had another beagle, Trapper. Trapper and Copper were best friends. They also were masters of escape.

The property had underground electric fencing, but the clever dogs figured out that they could get just close enough to make the warning sound go off, which eventually would kill the batteries.

“They’d be out there just waiting for the batteries to die,” Harlow said.

And once they got out, they exhibited the classic beagle behavior; they followed their noses. So when Copper ran off one day in 2007, Harlow assumed she’d come back sooner or later. But she didn’t.

“I figured I’d never see her again,” he said.

Mystery years

What exactly happened to the little dog in the three years between her escape and return is a mystery.

“We’re guessing that she was probably living with someone,” Harlow said.

When she was found, Copper wasn’t skinny, and she had a growth on her neck that looked like it had swollen around a collar.

Harlow wonders if someone picked her up around his house. That might explain how Copper managed to end up across Interstate 5 and the Willamette River from Brownsville. But clearly, whoever took Copper in finally decided they couldn’t or wouldn’t care for her any longer.


Copper’s health issues are being addressed. She’s been to the vet — Lebanon Animal Clinic, the same place she went before her disappearance — and is expected to make a full recovery.

She does have some bald spots on her back and tail, but the hair is growing back. As soon as her skin is better, she’ll have surgery to remove the benign growths.

Harlow is not sure she recognizes her name, but she remembers some of her former life. When she first came back, Harlow said, she bee-lined for his room, which is where a kennel/crate had been set up. She waited patiently for Harlow to set it up again, then went inside and took a nap.

Copper still is shy around people, but she does cautiously wag her tail when greeted. She’s walking around and even runs and plays a little with the household’s chihuahua.

New tags for Copper’s collar are on their way. They’ll go well with her latest accessory: a leash.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Spikey, german shepherd

Dog saved from river returns home
By Wire Services
Feb 4, 2010

DOWNEY — The German shepherd that was rescued from the rushing Los Angeles River in Vernon during last month’s heavy rains went home to his Maywood family Tuesday.

Spikey was plucked from the river by a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter crew Jan. 22 in a rescue that was carried live by television stations and was later broadcast nationwide.

The dog bit the thumb of Joe St Georges, the firefighter who was lowered by a hoist into the river and captured the frightened dog. St Georges said he sympathized with the frightened animal and understood why he bit him.

“He didn’t actually break through the glove,” St Georges said of his injury. “He just was able to get hold of it and bite down hard enough he broke the tip of the bone.

“I’m doing fine. I’m off duty. I’ll be returning to light duty. We’re not really sure how long I’ll be on light duty. It’ll depend on the healing process of the thumb. I’m guessing at least a month.”

After spending the last 10 days in quarantine at the Southeast Area Animal Control Agency facility in Downey, Spikey was released to his owner, 70-year-old Maria Medina, and her family.

Medina’s son, Ramon, told reporters Spikey was a “good dog.”

“He takes care of … the house. When somebody’s around, he’s always alert,” he said.

Ramon Medina said he was glad firefighters went to such effort to save the family pet.

“It’s unbelievable. … Some people have told me why do all this work for a dog?” he said. “And many people have told me ... the job that was done, it was worth it ... for saving the dog’s life.”

Spikey and the family’s other dog, a yellow Labrador named Polo, escaped from the family’s yard through a gate that was apparently left open by a young child. Polo was found the next day in the same area as Spikey’s rescue.

Officials at SEAACA said a Medina family member contacted them Jan. 25 to claim the dog — who had been dubbed “Vernon” by firefighters. SEAACA workers went to the Medina home to confirm the dog’s ownership.

Spikey wore a muzzle as he was handed back to his family. Ramon Medina conceded that the dog was nervous, having been through such an ordeal.

The firefighters involved in the rescue, meanwhile, were awarded a “Knights of Katrina award by the MuttShack Animal Rescue Foundation.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bear, blue heeler

Dog missing from Portland Airport found miles away
November 12, 2008 16:41 PM

A couple from Alaska spent a long four days scouring Portland International Airport and nearby neighborhoods for their dog, Bear, after he got away from airline workers during a layover.

Lost dog found
After a stressful weekend without the dog she considers "like a child," Janelle Kosten and her husband Jason Doogan were reunited with him early Monday morning.

A concerned resident, who found Bear, first heard about the story Friday on television and knew a hunt was underway for the missing dog in the area.

Most pet owners would attest it's like a "worst nightmare" scenario.

Bear was being transported in the cargo-hold of a Horizon jet Thursday when a worker opened the kennel and he escaped.  Airline personnel reported Bear ran across the busy south terminals after his kennel was opened on the tarmac during a stop at PDX en route to Medford.

The airline told Kosten "he bolted and he's gone, sorry".

Without food and shelter he remained missing for days.  Janelle says she couldn't sleep or eat, either, and that all she could think about was her missing loved one.

"Thursday night on foot we spent like four or five hours looking for him and Friday we rented a car and that's all we've done," she said.

Janelle says she and Bear have been inseparable for nearly seven years.

Horizon Airlines personnel say the worker was probably acting in the dog's interest when it opened the kennel, although the action did violate company policy.

"Our flight got delayed and one of the workers decided to open the kennel for some odd reason, to let my dog go to the bathroom, I guess," Janelle said.  It was late at night, on an active tarmac, with planes taking off left and right.

Jason says Bear was last seen running toward the Colwood Golf Course.  They checked there Friday.  They also checked the nearby National Guard base and a local post office with no luck.

"I've had him since he was four and a half weeks old and he's six and a half years old now," Jason Doogan said.

The couple was beginning to lose hope after a weekend of fruitless searching.  They realized eventually they'd have to leave eventually.

Bear had made it all the way to Northeast Columbia Boulevard when he was spotted.  A resident who had seen missing reports over the weekend was headed for work when he saw a loose dog that matched the photos and descriptions. He called NBC affiliate KGW, reporting the dog's location, and soon Bear was on his way back to the Kostens.

Everyone was reunited early Monday morning.

Kosten and Doogan are having Bear checked out by a veterinarian to make sure he's all right and will spend the rest of their two-week vacation with him and family in Medford.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Fesgahi, Australian shepherd

Dog lost at airport reunited with owner
ELUSIVE: The Australian miniature shepherd slipped out of his kennel at airport.
By James Halpin, Alaska Daily News
07/02/09 10:28:47

An Australian miniature shepherd that escaped from its kennel at the airport and dodged authorities for two days was recaptured about 2 a.m. Thursday and reunited with its owner, according to the Department of Transportation.
This 10-month-old Australian miniature shepherd male puppy was found at the Anchorage airport after being missing for several days. The owners had placed a plea for help on Craigslist, along with this photo, in their efforts to find the dog.

Airport police and wildlife officials had been on the lookout for Fesgahi, who also goes by "Feski," and found him in some brush near the airport's fire station, spokesman Roger Wetherell said.

The dog was reluctant to come out, so officials called the owner, who came to the scene and coaxed the dog out from his hiding place after about 15 minutes, he said. It was unclear where or how Fesgahi spent his time at the airport, but he appeared to be in good health, he said.

"No injuries, just probably hungry and a little scared," Wetherell said.

Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport officials had been watching for the dog since it slipped out of its cage while airline employees were handling it Monday afternoon. The dog was being off-loaded from an Alaska Airlines flight about 3 p.m. when the kennel opened up and the dog escaped along Tug Road.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said the kennel popped open, allowing the dog to escape, when an employee lifted it because of how the kennel was constructed.

Fesgahi was skittish, and ran away from would-be captors trying to reunite dog and owner, Wetherell said. Airport officials spotted the dog several times during his jaunt but couldn't catch him, he said.

The dog's owner posted an ad on Craigslist on Wednesday asking for help finding the 10-month-old dog, which was running free in the south terminal cargo area. She wrote that the kennel had either been dropped or came apart while being unloaded.

"Fesgahi does not respond to his name, but he does know the commands "good boy" and "bad boy." He is about 10 inches tall, and belongs to a little 5 year old girl who is heartbroken that her puppy is missing," she wrote.

His owner did not return calls or an e-mail seeking comment Thursday.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Indy, Shiba Inu

Kids rescue dog in woods
Published: November 13, 2006

A local Carmel dog is lucky to be alive after spending five weeks alone trapped in the woods, its leash stuck around a tree.

Hari Palta was walking Indy, a 4-year-old Shiba Inu, on Sept. 22 when Palta slipped, fell and let go of the leash. Indy, who had just been adopted by Palta’s son Rahul, 24, ran away.

The Paltas and Cindy Mahaffey, the assistant fund-raising coordinator for Midwest Shiba Inu, started an exhaustive, monthlong search. They searched the woods near Hari Palta’s home, posted 1,000 fliers around the neighborhood and surrounding businesses and placed messages on various Internet Web boards.

They received several responses, but each proved to be a dead end. After more than a month of fruitless searching, Rahul feared he would never see his dog again.

“We got several sightings, but they all turned out to be another dog or a fox,” Mahaffey said.

On Oct. 29, three local girls, Kaitlyn Kaminskas, 9, Ashley Yuska, 8, and her sister Rachel Yuska, 10, were walking in the woods when they heard howling and found a small, malnourished dog. They fed the ravenous pooch some bread and cheese, but couldn’t untangle the leash from the tree.

The girls didn’t know what to do about the dog, so they told their friends Joe Shelly, 9, and Natalie Broton, 11. Shelly told his parents and his dad Stacy cut Indy free. Stacy Shelly said the dog was extremely weak from his ordeal and needed to be carried home. Stacy Shelly found Indy’s tag and called Rahul. In a matter of hours, the dog and his owner were reunited.

Indy was a little worse for wear, but alive, Rahul said. He lost about a third of his body weight while he was trapped in the woods. The Paltas believe Indy managed to survive eating grubs and grass and drinking pooled rainwater. Indy’s veterinarian said the dog would have died in a few more days had he not been rescued.

Before Rahul adopted Indy, Mahaffey said, two families had already rejected him because he seemed too shy and timid. He liked to hide from people and hated to make eye contact with humans or other animals. Noises and sudden movements frightened him.

He also seemed to have a fear of open spaces, preferring to lie in the corner of a room, she said. Indy also didn’t eat or drink much; he would take a single piece of food from his bowl to a corner where he would nibble on it until it was finished. Mahaffey blames Indy’s antisocial behavior on his upbringing as a breeder dog.

“He didn’t seem interested in being a normal pet,” Mahaffey said. But Rahul didn’t mind Indy’s shyness. He was convinced with a lot of love and attention, he would be able to turn Indy around.

“He’s one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever seen,” Rahul said. “He’s had a rough life, but I thought I could give him a fresh start and treat him like the great dog that he is.”

Mahaffey describes Shiba Inus as “the cats of the dog world,” as they are fairly aloof and clean. The smallest of the Japanese dog breeds, they resemble Siberian huskies and Akitas. Shibas typically reach about 24 pounds and 16 inches tall. Shiba Inu means “lawn dog” in Japanese.

Indy has regained nearly 2 pounds and seems to be less shy around people, Rahul said. He is more willing to go up to people now and is starting to enjoy attention more. Hari believes Indy is more trusting now because he knows how hard they looked for him and how much Rahul cares for him.

To thank the children for finding Indy, Mahaffey persuaded local businesses, such as Regal Cinemas and Dick’s Sporting Goods, to donate gift certificates. The Shellys have grown so attached to Indy, they’ve offered to dog sit for him whenever Rahul leaves town.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Brandon, long haired chihuahua

Lost in the Snow
As told by Terri Burney
February 9, 2010
During a snow storm on Saturday, January 30th, little Brandon was allowed to mill about outside the house while his family was shoveling snow. Turns out he needed more supervision than the family members could give him while shoveling, and he wandered off.

Ten days and MANY fliers later, plus Craigslist postings and assorted other efforts, firefighters that had seen a little dog hanging around their station called the county Animal Control Office. Brandon's family has reported him missing to the AC Office, and someone there matched the description of the wandering dog with the missing dog, and called Brandon's owner, Phil. Stuck at work, he started a series of phone calls that put Lynda at fire house, where she investigated the sighting, canvassed people in the area, and put up and handed out fliers.

When Lynda arrived at the station, she met up with Billy, one of the firefighters there. As they were talking about Brandon and how he had been hanging around their firehouse for the past 24 hours, who went running by them but Brandon himself! But he was gone in a flash.

Lynda started flyering around the immediate streets, taking flyers to places such as the Jewish Community Center and the 7-11, and she talked to people who were out and about throughout the next several hours. In this canvassing, she heard many reports of Brandon running around this area over the last day!

After a few hours, and after she was soaking wet from hanging fliers and walking through the deep snow, Lynda was about to call it a day, and go home and get some dry clothes on. She decided to make one last drive through the church parking lot where she originally saw Brandon. Again, she saw Brandon running toward the fire house! By now, it was about 3:15 - 3:30, and Phil had left work (near Dulles Airport) and was to be arrivingt at any time. She called him, and he confirmed that he was on his way and would be there soon.

So Lynda waited until Phil arrived so that she could show him the three primary spots Brandon seem to be hanging around. She stayed in her van while Phil started walking around the three areas. Another volunteer, Terri, had shared with him that he could try softly talking to Brandon (not calling out his name!) but just talking to him like he normally would at home, before going on a walk, or going to bed, or giving him treats... something that Brandon seemed to understand when they talked to him.

For a few minutes, Phil did just this; he walked around talking out load to Brandon just as though he was right there. As Lynda watched Phil heading back towards the fire house, and her van, she saw that Brandon was walking right behind Phil -- practically on his heels. Lynda thought to herself, What the heck, now that Phil has his dog, why is he making him walk rather than carrying him . . . not realizing that Phil didn't see Brandon or know that he was right under his feet!!!

When Phil saw Lynda's face, and her arms up in the air, he turned around and to his surprise, saw his long lost dog! He bent down and Brandon jumped up in his arms and was kissing and kissing him, and he was still giving him kisses when Terri got there about 10 minutes later! This was a truly happy ending after ten very difficult days for Brandon's family.


Sunday, February 7, 2010


Dog survives plunge into frozen pond, reunited with lost owner
January 7, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - No one would blame Shannon Burkett if she had given up hope she'd ever get reunited with her lost dog Mojo. The little dog is more than lucky. In fact, his survival story defies belief.

His name is Mojo and he's resting at home after having beaten the odds by not only surviving a life-threatening scare, but by being reunited with his relieved owner.

A passerby saw Mojo struggling to stay a float in a nearly frozen pond at the Quail Creek subdivision in Lawrence. Somehow, the dog had stayed alive in near zero degree temperatures long enough for firefighters to pull him out and put him on oxygen. He was transported by ambulance to a nearby animal hospital.

"We could not get his temperature to register on the thermometer for an hour and a half and we'd already started the warm-up process," said Randall Grosser of the Post Pet Hospital

But Mojo's luck didn't end there. A friend of Shannon's saw the rescue on Fox59 and called her. Mojo had wandered away from Shannon's home more than a month ago and hadn't been seen since.

"I was with a friend who's very familiar with Mojo and he said, 'it's him,'" said Burkett.

Shannon's faint hopes came true. His vet says Mojo will recover from pneumonia back at home. Something his owner could have never imagined.

"My gosh, they pulled him out of the water for 30 minutes. I was so upset. I just want to thank the firefighters, the rescue team that did that for him," said Burkett.

Shannon also says she hopes everyone remembers Mojo the next time they see a stray.

"Just because they see a dog walking and it's a stray and they think somebody doesn't care about them, that's not true. Nine times out of ten there's a story behind it," she added.

His vet also says Mojo must have been taken care of by someone who found him after he wandered from home.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Beboy, small poodle

Reunited: The dog was gone, but not for long
A front-page photo helps bring Beboy back to his once-desperate owner; pet vanished during LarkFest
By David Filkins
Thursday, September 25, 2008

ALBANY -- Winston Wolfe was being interviewed by a radio station Wednesday when he got a call from an unfamiliar number. He ignored it.

Winston Wolfe of Albany gives his dog Beboy a kiss outside their Elm Street apartment

Wolfe was asking the deejay for help finding his dog, Beboy, whose antics made him a mini-celebrity before he vanished Saturday at LarkFest.

When the interview ended, Wolfe checked his voicemail. There was a message from a man who said he found the dog. Wolfe called the man, John Nagy.

On Saturday, the 22-year-old roofer had spotted a small, white cockapoo zipping through the crowd at LarkFest. He watched the dog "run around randomly" for a few minutes before he picked it up. It had no tags or collar. He looked around for its owner. Two hours later, Nagy brought the dog to his grandmother's home in Colonie.

Every morning before work, Nagy stops at the Exxon station at Lincoln and Central avenues to buy the Times Union. When he picked up a copy Wednesday morning, he saw a familiar face on the front page: the dog.

"Oh ... my ... God!" Nagy remembered thinking. The dog had a name. And a master. With a cellphone number.

"What can you tell me about the dog?" Wolfe asked when he called Nagy.

"He has no collar," Nagy said. A friend drove Wolfe to get Beboy.

Nagy's grandmother had fallen in love Beboy. She questioned Wolfe carefully to make sure he was the real owner. Then Beboy heard Wolfe's voice and came running.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wolfe and Beboy were on the stoop of Wolfe's apartment. A tricked-out Acura Integra rolled up to the stop sign at Elm and Phillip streets. The driver looked left, then right and saw Wolfe and Beboy. The windows on the Acura slid down.

"You got that thing back!" the man yelled to Wolfe.

"Yeah, yeah," Wolfe called back.

"Hold on," the man said.

The car zoomed off. Moments later it came speeding down Elm Street and stopped at Wolfe's apartment.

"My girl saw you running through the festival looking for that dog," the man said.

Wolfe laughed. "Tell them how much I love this dog," he said.

The man paused. He shook his head and laughed.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Luna, American Bulldog

Missing deaf dog "Luna" found safe
By: Erin Connolly
January 12, 2010

She had been missing for more than a week. But now Luna, a deaf dog, has been found and reunited with her owners. Oddly enough, bacon may have been the trick to bringing Luna home. Our Erin Connolly explains.

LATHAM, N.Y. -- Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief tonight now that Luna has been found safe and sound. She escaped from Shaker Veterinary Hospital in Latham more than a week ago and since then, had been braving cold temperatures, as dozens of volunteers searched for her. There had been a few unconfirmed sightings, but no luck until Monday.

Ralph Rataul, Luna's owner, said, ''She's a huge part of the family and now we can feel complete again. It's really exciting.''

It was a day Ralph Rataul and his wife Shelley of Rensselaer had been waiting for. It was a day that couldn't come soon enough.

Rataul said, ''It's been hellish. It's been really, like you said, an emotional rollercoaster that didn't really seem to have an end point.''

It all started in the early morning hours of January 2nd. Surveillance video from Shaker Veterinary Hospital where Luna was boarding shows not only did Luna manage to escape from her crate, she opened the front door, setting off the building's alarm.

Ken Wolfe of Shaker Veterinary Hospital said, ''Police officers arrived on the scene within five minutes, actually saw her and tried to get her. We've come close many times in the last week.''

Close, but no cigar, until just after noon on Monday. A couple living in the Springwood Manor area near Siena College noticed the dog in their backyard. Luna had apparently smelled some bacon that had been cooking. Rataul came right away to get his four-year-old American bulldog mix.

Rataul said, ''It looked like she was going to bolt at any moment. I was so anxious. Then I said ok, let's try kneeling, lets trying being less of an intimidating figure and within another minute, she came over very slowly, started barking and started jumping all over me!''

It was a group effort to bring Luna home safe and sound. This past weekend, dozens of volunteers gathered at the Crossings Park in Colonie. Some hung missing posters with Luna's picture on it. Others used their own dogs to try to sniff out Luna.

Rataul said, ''It's been awesome. If only we could muster up this type of response for every lost pet.''

Luna's a hungry girl after vets say she lost 12 pounds while missing. Otherwise, she appears to be healthy and that's all an owner can ask for.

Rataul said, ''I'm just so happy to have her back. This is awesome.''

Luna had been boarding at the hospital while the Rataul's were away over the holidays, but now they say they're not taking any more chances. Luna is coming back home. As for the hospital, they've added a deadbolt lock to the doors to make sure this doesn't happen again.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Huckleberry, chocolate lab

Queries hound dog's return
Debra Black, Toronto Star
February 19, 2008

Bert Clark plays with his dog, Huckleberry, on Feb. 18, 2008

The handover took place at midnight. Bert Clark waited anxiously on a dark city street, and then a cab pulled up. Two people emerged with a chocolate brown Labrador retriever. Clark knew right away it was Huckleberry. The two – master and dog – went home reunited.

And left a zillion questions unanswered.

Clark, a 36-year-old Toronto banker who doesn't want to get too specific about his work life, set the tale in motion late Saturday when he and friends began distributing some 400 posters offering a $15,000 reward for Huckleberry, stolen that morning from in front of a bakery near Yonge and Roxborough Sts.

And what a tale it's turning out to be.

The mysterious banker. A couple of kids who "appeared stoned," one witness recalled, petting Huckleberry just before he disappeared while his dogwalker enjoyed a bakery break.

A police investigation encompassing seized TTC videos of, perhaps, the crime in progress, the dognappers at work.

Let's not leave out the strange phone calls to Huckleberry's owner, asking if the reward was, like, for real. A "no questions asked" newspaper ad appealing for Huckleberry's return that, on the face of it, appears to be illegal.

And then, of course, there's Huckleberry's mysterious re-emergence, "found" less than a kilometre away by a passerby taking a walk in the Avenue-Davenport Rds. area on Saturday, brought home to a friend's house, only to be turned over to Clark Sunday night in exchange for that $15,000 reward – $10,000 to the finder, $5,000 as a goodwill donation to a local animal shelter.

But Clark's not worried about any of that. He's got Huckleberry back, reunited with his "soulmate."

"I was so relieved," Clark confessed yesterday as he and Huckleberry played in Ramsden Park, surrounded by other dog owners, their pets and the television cameras. The one celebratory note? Orange juice and champagne, brought to the park to toast Huckleberry's safe return.

As for the dog, well, he wasn't feeling too chipper – a case of the runs, actually, probably the result of a very nerve-wracking 48 hours.

Huckleberry's disappearance triggered a grassroots campaign in the city's dog community to find the chocolate Lab, described as Clark's best friend.

The 3 1/2-year-old, who had been with Clark since he was an 8-week-old pup, left a huge hole when he disappeared from Le Petit Gourmet café.

Dogwalker Shannon Howard had left Huckleberry, leash firmly looped through a pipe at the front of the bakery, when she nipped in for a break.

Five minutes later and he was gone.

Nobody really saw anything. One bystander talked about seeing a couple of kids petting Huckleberry just before he vanished. They "appeared stoned," perhaps they were arguing.

Clark, in Florida, flew back immediately on hearing the dogwalker's dognapping tale.

He set to work and, for the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday, stood anxiously by the phone as his friends and relatives fanned out across the city with posters proclaiming that humungous reward – probably one of the biggest in Toronto's missing pet history.

Then, at about 9 p.m. Sunday, deliverance! Clark got a call from police saying someone called in to report finding Huckleberry. For the next couple of hours, the frantic dog owner negotiated for his pet's safe return.

"I tried not to get my hopes up too much until I had him back," he admitted.

The caller told Clark that a friend, out walking, found Huckleberry tied up shivering near Avenue and Davenport Rds. Saturday, took him to the caller's house, who phoned police the next day.

Clark got the first call just after 1 p.m. Sunday, the caller wanting to know if that $15,000 reward was serious.

"Yes," Clark replied. The line went dead. Soon after, another call. In the background Clark could hear a man and woman arguing. Then he was asked if Huckleberry wore a green collar.

"Yes," Clark replied. The line went dead again.

It was enough to start Clark getting the reward money ready.

And yesterday morning, Clark met with the caller, Richard Cassibo, gave him a cheque for $10,000, and agreed to make a donation of $5,000, at Cassibo's request, to the Banks Animal Hospital on Coxwell Ave.

Cassibo, who isn't talking, also ducked an invitation to join Clark and Huckleberry for the neighbourhood celebration at Ramsden Park.

No matter. With the anxiety of the past 48 hours behind them, Clark and Huckleberry played happily in the park as a steady stream of dog owners stopped by to congratulate Clark on the safe return of his dog.

"Hey, little man," Clark said affectionately to Huckleberry as the pair frolicked in the snow. "He'd like me to chase him right now, but I'm not up to it."

Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigation. "Hopefully, we can determine who actually stole the pet," said Toronto police Det. Rob Ermacora.

And Clark may have one more question to answer. Turns out it's illegal – against the Criminal Code – to advertise a reward for the return of something, as Clark did in yesterday's Star, with "no questions asked."

In this case, however, Ermacora said he couldn't foresee police laying charges over the ad.

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