Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tank, Pomeranian

Happy reunion for St. Charles man, dog
By Ashley Rhodebeck
Thursday, May 31, 2012

ST. CHARLES – Mark Lewis is a bit astounded by the attention his search for his lost dog, a 5-1⁄2-year-old blond Pomeranian named Tank, received this week from the Chicago media.

Tank, a blond Pomeranian, gave his owners Mark and Linn Lewis a scare Sunday when he disappeared from their boat while cruising the Chicago River. Mark Lewis, pictured here, turned to the Chicago media for help finding Tank. They were reunited late Monday night
But as much as the story’s popularity boggles his mind, the St. Charles resident said the newscasts helped generate the tips that led to his and his wife’s late Monday night reunion with Tank. They noticed the 8- to 9-pound dog was missing from their boat Sunday afternoon while they cruised the Chicago River.

“It was a joyful reunion,” Lewis said.

Sitting in his Geneva medical office Wednesday, Lewis – a family practitioner – repeatedly said it was his mistake that Tank wasn’t clipped into the 20-foot Bayliner day boat like he normally is. The secured leash is long enough for him to maneuver around the boat but short enough to prevent him from going over the side.
The Lewises, along with their 8-month-old dog, Cali, spent the afternoon at the beach and downtown before deciding to stay to see the city at night, Lewis said. To kill time, they motored north on the Chicago River and got as far as Lawrence Avenue before the shallowness forced them to turn around and head south. They stopped at Goose Island at about 6:30 p.m.

“That’s when we noticed Tank was missing,” Lewis said, “We didn’t know where Tank had fallen off.”
In retrospect, Lewis said he believes that Tank lost his balance as he made the three-point turn farther north. Tank, who was wearing a yellow life vest, most likely swam to shore, Lewis said.

Sunday, Lewis and his wife, Linn, were in panic mode. They quickly retraced their steps during the daylight, and at 8 p.m., they notified the Chicago Police Department, who forwarded them to the police marine unit, Lewis said. The marine unit helped briefly, and the couple continued their search of the river until 2:30 a.m. and searched on land for another hour. They got home about 4 a.m.

Monday morning, Lewis said he turned to the media for help, thinking TV viewers could be his eyes. Four news stations interviewed the couple at their home, and their story was aired on the 5 and 10 p.m. broadcasts.

A woman whose house backs up to the river emailed Lewis, saying Tank played with her dog in her backyard around 7 p.m. Sunday but bolted when she reached out to check for his collar, which Lewis said the dog wasn’t wearing.

She recommended Lewis check River Park – the location of a neighborhood cookout Sunday evening. Lewis resumed his search and received two other calls from people who had seen Tank.

“I was convinced he was close,” Lewis said.

At 11:15 p.m., Lewis said he was about ready to give up for the day when he got a call from nearby resident Katherine Santos. She said she had his dog – Tank befriended her and her dog that morning. Within 15 minutes, he and Tank were reunited.

Santos refused to accept Lewis’ monetary reward, he said. When he spoke to her again Tuesday, they decided to donate the reward money to the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Lacey, sheepdog

 Missing dog from Monroe is reunited with family after two months on the run
Friday, 25 May 2012 21:00

Lacey, a Polish lowland sheepdog who was lost for two months, was reunited with her family on Mother’s Day, thanks to help from Shelton residents.

Lacey, Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Lacey’s family, who live in Monroe, were visiting relatives in Shelton on March 11 when Lacey slipped her collar. The family made up flyers and began efforts to find their beloved pet.

Teri McNamara of Shelton spotted the pup on Aquarion property but Lacey was too scared to let anyone approach her. Irene and Mike McCoy saw the dog on Isinglass Road in Shelton. McCoy, who operates Shelton’s Compassion for Cats, knew the dog needed to be rescued, so they worked with another animal advocate, Michelle DeAngelo.

They decided that hunger would likely overcome the dog’s fear so they set up a daytime feeding station near where they had spotted Lacey. They borrowed a dog trap from a neighboring town’s animal control officer and after two days were able to get Lacey.

“Lacey walked into her home on Mother’s Day morning,” McCoy said. “She was returned to a joyful, tear-filled reunion with her ecstatic owners.”


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mia, mastiff

Missing Kingston dog reunited with owners
By Sara Feijo, the Patriot-Ledger
May 07, 2012

KINGSTON — Every dog has its day, and for 4-month-old Mia that day came when the puppy was finally found – 10 pounds lighter – after being struck by a car and missing for five days.

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Tom Judkins with Mia at Roberts Animal Hospital in Hanover, Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Mia, a blue brindle mastiff, was found Friday night by a driver on Route 3 north between exits 9 and 10, said the pup’s owner, Danielle Saccoach of Kingston.

The driver, Cassandra Noel Lester of Plymouth, noticed the injured dog on the side of the highway.

“She stopped and reversed her car back down the highway,” said Saccoach, who called Lester a “guardian angel.”

Lester’s assistance wasn’t the only help Tom Judkins and Danielle Saccoach received.

Danielle used Facebook and Craigslist and posted fliers around town to get the word out about Mia’s disappearance. She received a lot of well-wishes on Facebook, including many from strangers, such as: “Thinking of you guys and I don’t even know you!”

“All these people from Kingston and Duxbury have spent more time searching for our dog than being with their families,” Saccoach said.

Last Sunday, Mia was spooked by a passing motorcycle and fled her Kingston yard. Saccoach said the dog ran toward St. Joseph Catholic Church on Main Street and disappeared in the woods behind the church.

That was the last Saccoach saw of her until she got the call five days later that Mia had been found.
Saccoach said the dog was dehydrated, had a bruised liver and lungs and a severe fracture on the elbow of her front right leg that requires surgery. Without surgery, Mia’s leg will not grow and she won’t be able to walk, Saccoach said.

“She lost 10 pounds in five days,” Saccoach said. “She’s all skin and bones.”

The Duxbury-based nonprofit Fairy Dog Parents, which raises money to help pet owners with veterinary bills during times of need, is helping to pay for the $6,000 surgery. It has raised $4,500 since Friday, said Marlo Manning, founder of Fairy Dog Parents
“So many people have come together to help this dog and I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Manning said.

Mia is scheduled to have surgery today, Saccoach said.

“We cannot thank people enough for their endless kindness. It’s unbelievable. We are overwhelmed,”  Saccoach said. “There are no words to express our gratitude.”


Friday, May 18, 2012

London, shih tzu

Family Reunited With Missing Dog -- After Three Years
By Amy Sinatra Ayres
May 15, 2012

Zahan, Ashifa and Zahur Lalji were happily reunited with their missing dog, London.When the Lalji family returned to California for a wedding after living in London for nine months, they were surprised to find that they were the ones who got the biggest gift of all: their missing Shih Tzu.

Soon after returning to Camarillo, Calif., the family was told that London, one of their two missing dogs, had been turned in to the Ventura County Animal Shelter that day, the Ventura County Star reports.

The family’s two Shih Tzus, London and his brother, Mylo, disappeared from the front yard of their Camarillo home in 2009. The Laljis believed the two were stolen, and were thrilled to hear London had been found.

"We got to the shelter first thing in the morning, and we walked into the room, and he just went crazy, barking and jumping up and down," Ashifa Lalji told the Star. "There were tears everywhere. It's definitely a miracle that we got him back."

Someone had found London (who’s named for Ashifa Lalji’s hometown) wandering on the streets and brought him to the shelter, where all the stars aligned to reunite him with his family.

A microchip traced the dog to the Laljis, but the phone numbers that were listed for them had been disconnected because they’d moved overseas. Luckily, the family’s former veterinarian was able to track them down through a friend.

The Laljis plan to bring London back home with them — to London — in about six months. He's staying in the U.S. for now to get a series of shots and testing. Meanwhile, they are still hoping to find Mylo.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012


About to be put up for adoption, lost dog reunited with tearful owner
Posted on May 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM

A lost dog from Kenner who wound up on the westbank was shaved, clipped, micro-chipped and put up for adoption before finally finding himself in the arms of his owner Monday night. \

Delores Black thought she'd never see her mother's beloved dog Nero again. Nero got out of an open door at a new family home in Kenner. He was picked up by someone from the road, who brought him to a rescue center when he didn't get along with their dog.

Nero, who is blind in one eye, and approaching eight years of age, was Black's one link with her mother, who had recently passed away.

Nero had been gone for two months and Black had given up hope - almost. Puppy Rescue had taken care of Nero and was about to try to adopt him out when they saw an ad on Craig's List that described him to a "T."


Friday, May 11, 2012

Snoopy, hound

Lost dog finally reunited with family after 8 years
Published: 5/11

A dog lost eight years ago has finally found his way back home.

His name is Snoopy. He went missing shortly after the Mahi family moved into their new home in Waikele.

The family searched for him and put up flyers, but never found him. But earlier this week, eight years after he went missing, Snoopy was found wandering around Waianae by a police officer.

The officer brought Snoopy to the Hawaiian Humane Society and they were able to return him to the Mahi's thanks to his microchip ID.

"He remembered me because my dad told me when they brought him home if was kinda timid and only when I came home he flipped over and he was like 'pet by belly'," said Shannon Mahi.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Stormy, Boston terrier

Dog missing for over 2 years reunited with family .
by Natalie Swaby / KING 5 News,
Monday, May 7 2012

EVERETT, Wash. -- Stormy the dog is a sensitive subject for Kendra and Justin de Jonge.

"She was our family member. We did everything together," said Kendra.

But in November 2009, Stormy disappeared. Kendra had let the Boston Terrier outside while she went inside to grab the dog's leash. When she returned, Stormy was gone.

Her family launched search parties. They plastered posters with Stormy's picture all over.

"I prayed and hoped she wasn't dead," said Kendra.

Weeks turned to months, then Kendra and Justin decided it was time to accept Stormy was gone.

More than two and a half years later, the phone rang.

"This guy came on and said are you missing a Boston Terrier," said Kendra, who could barely believe it.

The call had come from Tacoma, nearly 60 miles away, all thanks to 14-year-old Kyla Renick.

"I saw a cute, little doggy and had to pick it up," said Renick who found the dog in Tacoma.

She fed the dog. The local animal shelter was the next stop. The dog had a microchip which let staff know it belonged to Kendra and Justin de Jonge.

"It was super emotional," said Kendra."She jumped in our laps."

Stormy was a little underweight, but otherwise healthy. Her owners are still trying to figure out how the dog managed to get so far away from home.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Bear, black lab/shepherd max

Dog, family reunited
Dog, lost after incident in Kentucky, found after three-week search
Written by Jessie Balmert,
May. 2, 2012

Bear gets special attention from Charles Jackson, a member of the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department in Corbin, Ky., after the dog was found alive in a McKinley Street backyard Monday morning. Jackson was one of several people who searched for the dog since he escaped April 8 during a traffic accident involving his family along Interstate 75 exit 25 in Corbin. / Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky.

HANOVER -- When 4-year-old Dillon Dalton learned his beloved dog, Bear, had been found in Corbin, Ky., after a three-week search, he started jumping up and down.

"That dog is his life," said Dillon's mother, Shauna.

On April 8, the family was driving from Florida to Hanover when their vehicle and U-Haul trailer overturned on Interstate 75 near Corbin, a southeastern Kentucky city with a population of about 21,000, including surrounding areas.

Originally from Licking County, the Daltons were returning to Hanover for work after spending less than a year in Florida, she said.

After the crash, the family immediately realized Bear, a black Labrador-German shepherd mix, was missing. A couple of people stopped near the scene and chased the 2-year-old dog to no avail, Dalton said.

Shauna, her husband, Chris, and their two children, Dillon and 2-month-old Levi, were taken to a hospital for treatment.

"It was traumatizing for my kids," Dalton said.

Daniel Wallen, owner of Wallen's Towing and Recovery, responded to the crash scene to remove the vehicle, but did not learn about the missing dog until later.

When the Daltons came to his shop to recover some property, they mentioned Bear. That evening, Wallen drove around looking for the lost pet, identifiable by his blue leash and collar, he said.

The Daltons stayed in Corbin for three days, looking for Bear and waiting for a U-Haul truck before returning to Ohio. After that, they prayed for their pet's safe return, Dalton said.

Wallen, who owns a Yorkshire terrier and loves dogs, contacted LaVina Johnson, a member of the nonprofit organization Fur Ever Friends. Local media also got involved. Soon, the entire city was looking for Bear and his blue leash.

Wallen said he received reports of sightings from neighbors, the 911 Center dispatchers and local fire departments. During the weekend, a man contacted Wallen about seeing Bear, Wallen said.

Neighbor Tina Kersey allowed Wallen to set up a cage with some food and Bear's bed, which was recovered from the crash, in her yard.

Monday morning, Wallen received a call that Bear was inside the cage. After more than three weeks of searching, Bear was found.

"We were ecstatic," he said.

Dalton said she wasn't surprised the bed attracted Bear to the cage.

"His bed is what he smelled," Dalton said. "That's his favorite spot."

Bear was taken -- with two leashes, for good measure -- to Fur Ever Friends, where he received a bath and volunteers removed ticks. He was clipped by a vehicle after the crash, but was not seriously injured, Dalton said.

Shauna, Chris and the children were driving to Corbin on Tuesday to retrieve Bear. They had to pawn some items to make the trip, Dalton said.

Dalton said she was thankful for the people of Corbin who searched for Bear.

"They are so sweet," she said.

It's a happy ending to a month-long story that Wallen said he won't soon forget.

"I called him the 'miracle dog,'" Wallen said.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lil Man, chihuahua

Lost dog returns to owner after six years missing
Submitted by Halley Griffin, KOMO Communities Reporter
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, 10:30am

Photo of "Lil Man"

Adrienne Snipes was skeptical when she pulled up to Federal Way's Crestwood Animal Hospital last Tuesday.

She couldn't believe that the little brown chihuahua she'd believed was dead for the past six years could really be waiting for her inside.

"I expected when I got to the vet that this was going to be some sort of a hoax," she said.

But when Snipes walked through the door, "Lil Man" recognized her instantly.

"I think he recognized me sooner than I recognized him," said Snipes, who says she got teary when she realized the dog was really hers.

Lil Man went missing six years ago, while a family member was dog sitting. Snipes' family has assumed ever since that Lil Man was hit by a car.

Snipes had Lil Man micro-chipped just weeks before he went missing, but in the six years he was gone, the phone call never came.

Until last Tuesday.

Amber Ellis was just starting her morning last Tuesday when she looked outside of her Federal Way home and spotted a dog in the yard that wasn't hers.

She and her husband went door-to-door through their neighborhood and posted photos on line before heading to Crestwood Animal Hospital to see if the dog had a microchip.

Turns out, Lil Man did.

"We're completely flabbergasted by it," said Ellis. "It was surreal. It was well-worth any effort that we put into it."

Jennifer Ives is the veterinary technician who found Lil Man's microchip last week. She says when she first called Snipes, Lil Man's owner didn't seem to know what she was talking about.

Snipes first told Ives that no, she wasn't missing a dog. After all, she has four at home already - then things started to click.

"I was very shocked," said Snipes. "This is just incredible for an animal to make it back home after all these years."

Not to mention Lil Man was found in Federal Way - and Snipes lives down in Tacoma.

Snipes and Ives are both advocates of micro-chipping your pets - a simple procedure that implants a small chip under the skin of an animal's back. Because it's interior, it can't fall off over the years.

"We’ve reunited quite a few pets with the microchip with their owners," says Ives. "It’s really an effective tool in ... helping a lost pet find its way home."

In fact, Lil Man's microchip helped him out a second time this weekend, after he was separated from Snipes' children at the park.

Snipes got the second call just yesterday that the Humane Society had Lil Man safe and sound.

"This isn't the first time we've been reunited with an animal because of [micro-chipping]," Snipes said. "It's the best $35 you could spend."