Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Nahla, husky-aussie mix

Woman Finds Dog After Harrowing Search
June 18, 2013

When Mary Wolfe, 24, was traveling from Alaska to Colorado last September with her dog, Nahla, she stopped in Seattle to visit friends.

Mary Wolfe was reunited with Nahla on June 3, eight months after the dog disappeared.

They brought her out to a pub, where Wolfe reluctantly tied Nahla up outside. (She was accustomed to bringing the dog into restaurants in Alaska.) Wolfe went out to check on Nahla every 10 to 15 minutes, often with a group of smokers who were at the bar. But a few minutes after the smokers left for the night, Wolfe went out and found that Nahla was gone.

Wolfe spent the next 8 months trying to find her Husky-Australian Shepherd mix, often getting leads on her Help Find Nahla Facebook page, and says she ran into strong opposition whenever she tried to investigate the group of smokers.

She says she was harassed via email, Facebook and Craigslist - until an investigator discovered that the harassing posts and false tips were coming from the same IP address.

Finally, Wolfe flew back to Washington to track her leads to the home of a woman who she says was with the smokers - and saw Nahla in the backyard of the woman's home. Wolfe called the police.

The women inside emphatically denied taking the dog from the pub, but the officer removed Nahla from the home to return her to Wolfe on June 3.

Nahla barked and yelped as she was happily reunited with her owner in the police car.

According to a police report, Wolfe said she just wanted to return to Colorado with her dog, and didn't want to press for further action from law enforcement.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Dog missing from salon for a week found
Kemberly Richardson
Thursday, June 13, 2013

BELLMORE, N.Y. (WABC) -- There's a sigh of relief from a dog owner in Bellmore.

He endured a week of wondering when his beloved pet suddenly disappeared.

The happy reunion happened as Eyewitness News went out to Long Island to help track the dog down.

"He's like a having a little son, when they are five pounds you worry about them," said Michael Riccio, dog owner.

When Eyewitness News met Michael Riccio at his salon, he was crushed, and had been for seven days, ever since his dog Billie vanished.

"He sits by the door, doesn't bother anybody," Riccio said.

The 6 year old darling, was a fixture here.

But last Thursday evening, a customer's innocent move, set in motion an awful chain of events.

"I think he left the door open a little too much and Billie may have had to go and he usually runs down to the end of the corner and comes back," Riccio said.

This time he didn't.

Michael made flyers and posted them all over the neighborhood, was offering a $1,000 reward.

But while Eyewitness News was there, there was a glimmer of hope.

"I just got a phone call, an anonymous phone call, a lady says he's at 2667, it's a mile away, do you want to go with me?" Riccio said.

So Eyewitness News came along, hoping to find Billie but the address didn't match, and the house number wasn't on the street.

Then, a neighbor told Eyewitness News to check a bungalow, and that a dog matching Billie's description had been spotted there. No one was home.

"Billie," Riccio called.

You could hear barking.

Hours later, the owner let us in, and Michael was reunited with Billie.

Michael, was reunited with Billie.

"I'm so happy Channel 7," Riccio said.

Chris Chimeri lives there and told Eyewitness News his buddy found the Pomeranian on Saturday.

"We were going to bring him tomorrow to scan him at the vet," said Chris Chimeri, a Bellmore resident.

Well, no more questions asked, all is good in Michael's world.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Beau, small poodle

Missing dog from Booral Rd crash found three days later
Roderick Makim
11th Jun 2013

A PET poodle lost after a car crash on Booral Rd on Saturday night has been found on Tuesday morning near the scene of the crash.

Talisa and Joey Fraser-Watson with their poodles after being reunited with Beau, on the right, who went missing after the crash on Saturday night

Beau the poodle went missing after the crash which left two young children with serious injuries.

Errol Gouws, grandfather of the injured girl Meeka Fraser-Watson, said a helpful neighbour found Beau, muddy and hungry, wandering around near the intersection.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

May, sled dog

Iditarod Dog Found 7 Days After Disappearing From Team
By Katie Kindelan, Anchorage Daily News/MCT
Mar 15, 2013 2:08pm

The 53-year-old winner of the 41st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race made history this week as the oldest winner of the grueling endurance race, but an Iditarod dog lost for seven days may have had the most amazing journey at this year’s race.

May, a strawberry blond  female, got loose last Thursday from the team of Newton Marshall, the Jamaican musher leading her sled in the 1,000-mile race across Alaska.

When Marshall stopped mid-race Thursday to help a fellow musher repair her sled, the lines of the two sleds became entangled, and May was separated from the team, according to a post on Marshall’s fan Facebook page.

As the search for May, a  veteran Iditarod dog, got under way, it also played out on social media, with the team behind her owner, veteran Iditarod musher Jim Lanier, who also competed in this year’s race but did not race with May, posting sightings and frequent updates to his own Facebook page.

Lanier’s wife, Anna Bondarenko, flew to Alaska to “be the familiar face to call May in from the cold,” according to a post on Facebook.  She relied on help from local residents to search for May, borrowing snow machines and crisscrossing the state by plane as new sightings of May came in.

May was seen running along the Iditarod trail numerous times but was always missed by those who spotted her, and by Anna who was “always a day behind her, due to weather issues flying between checkpoints,” read a Facebook post.

On Thursday, with hope running slim, the couple got the good news that May had been found by three snowmachiners on a trail.

“We had just pulled over on the side of the trail … and about 100 yards away a dog was trotting down the trail,” one of the snowmachiners, Kaitlin Koch, 22, told the Anchorage Daily News.  “It was coming at a pretty slow pace, and we were waiting to see if someone on a four-wheeler or snowmachine was with her.”

Describing the dog as alone, skinny and with blood on her paws, Koch said she got off her sled and approached May, who welcomed the help.

“She came right up to me,” Koch said.  “She sat in my lap the entire trip back to Big Lake.”

The trio had doubts that the missing Iditarod dog they had heard about could be this one, so far away from the race’s end, but they called Iditarod headquarters to report her found, just in case.  One hour later, one of Lanier’s friends arrived to take the dog home, reports the Daily News.

“It’s an incredible journey,” said the friend, Stan Smith, to the Daily News, also noting the dog had eaten canned salmon and kibble stew as part of her recovery.

A Facebook post from Lanier, who could not be reached today by, estimates that May traveled over 150 miles before being found while Smith, himself an Iditarod veteran, told the Daily News he thought May likely traveled 300 to 400 miles.

Based on the sightings of May reported along the course, Smith, who also could not be reached today, believes the dog was trying to find her way back to the start of the race but missed a crucial turn along the way.

“She was absolutely running home,” he told the Daily News.  “She traveled several times from Rohn to Nikolai, all the way up the Dalzell Gorge, up the Alaska Range to the other side, through Rainy Pass, across Shell Lake; she was spotted multiple times in Skwentna.  So many reports of seeing her. They were all heading south.”

While May’s musher, Newton Marshall, the improbable dog sled racer from Jamaica, was forced to drop out of the race in Nikolai after May became lost, her owner went on to finish the race.

Lanier crossed the finish line of his 16th Iditarod on Thursday — the same day May was found — in 35th place.  The race took him 10 days, 10 hours, 21 minutes  and eight  seconds to complete, according to his Facebook page.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013


‘Taco’ The Dog Reunited With Family After Missing For 9 Months
June 6, 2013

GILL (CBS) — One lucky dog is back home with his family after an incredible reunion, nine months in the making.

In September, the Talliaferro family from Vermont, moved across the country to Oregon.

Their grandmother, who lives in Gill, Mass., took care of their dog Taco during the move.

Once the family was in Oregon, the family’s daughter became very ill, so grandma put Taco in a kennel and went to see the little girl.

Somehow, Taco vanished from that kennel and despite search efforts, from groups like Granite State Dog Recovery, there was no sign of him.

On Monday, all that changed.

People in Hadley spotted a dog near the UMass campus and took him to animal control. Someone thought it might have been Taco and they were right.

Grandma was reunited with Taco this week and once he is well enough, the family will fly him out to Oregon.

Granite State Dog Recovery helps reunite pets with their owners.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Marilyn Monroe, Pomeranian

Dog missing for two and a half years reunited with local owner
County stresses importance of microchipping
Posted: 06/06/2013

SAN DIEGO - The return of the dog Marilyn Monroe after a 2 1/2-year absence demonstrates the importance of implanting pets with microchips, a county Department of Animal Services spokesperson said Thursday.

Marilyn, a Pomeranian, disappeared from her Otay Ranch home when gardeners left a gate open, according to the county.

Owner Jose Barajas figured someone picked her up and took her home. But she turned up earlier this week, and Barajas claimed her Tuesday at the South County shelter in Bonita.

"It's insane, right?" said Barajas. "Everyone is amazed."

The county said Barajas, who now lives in Eastlake, has spread his story over the last couple days and persuaded at least one neighbor to get a pet microchipped.

"A microchip is the best way to reunite animals with their owners," county Animal Services director Dawn Danielson said. "The chip itself is smaller than a grain of rice and getting one doesn't hurt the animal one bit, yet it's made all the difference in bringing hundreds of lost pets and their owners back together again."


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Emile, black labrador

Microchipped dog returned after 894-mile trip
January 31, 2013

After an 894 mile round trip, a lost dog that crossed international borders was reunited with his owner in France, thanks to his microchip and the help of Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database, and a truck driver from Italy.

Emile, a twelve year old black Labrador, originally from Ince Blundell near Liverpool, was found on a busy motorway in France, more than 30 miles away from where he went missing.

However, thanks to a committed Italian he travelled international borders and almost 900 miles before he was reunited with his owner, Matthew Hayes. With help from his microchip, Petlog and the European Pet Network, Emile is now safely back with Matthew and lavishing the attention. Petlog is the sponsor of National Microchipping Month 2013 which runs throughout June.

Matthew, who was left paralysed from the waist down following a serious accident several years ago, has always had Emile at his side standing by him and so when he disappeared, Matthew was inconsolable. He explained: “Emile went missing before Christmas. It was initially thought that he may have had a heart attack or something and the idea of him dying in the cold nearby was terrible. He has a son Duplo, whom I also treasure, but my bond with Emile is second to none. Devastated doesn’t come close to the feeling I felt before Christmas; but personally, I was convinced he was still alive.”

My bond with Emile is second to none. Devastated doesn’t come close to the feeling I felt before Christmas; but personally, I was convinced he was still alive

Emile was found by an Italian truck driver on the busy A5 Autoroute, shortly before Christmas. She immediately took responsibility in helping Emile, fearing he would get hit or cause an accident. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, the lady did not have time to take Emile to a vet in France and instead took him back with her to Italy where she sought help.

It was at a vet surgery in Verona, that Emile’s microchip was identified but it could not be traced on a French database. Without the care and determination of the Italian lady and the vet, the story would have ended there and Emile would have been rehomed, but the lady was committed and she discovered that Emile was originally registered on the UK’s Petlog database, before moving to a French database when his owners relocated. As Petlog is listed on the Europetnet (EPN) database, she could contact the database to see if it still had Emile’s records. Petlog immediately responded, as they had Matthew’s French address, but no telephone number or email, and so wrote to him immediately with the good news.

Matthew continued: “I have rarely received such joyous news as the letter from Petlog received on 11th January. Miracles do happen, and the microchip was obviously key. The Italians who looked after him and found all the information were really fantastic.”

Pets registered on the Petlog database can be identified throughout Europe, as it is part of the European Pet Network. Over 35 countries work together through the European Pet Network to ensure that pets registered on their database can be identified when found in another country. Petlog is the only database in the UK to be part of the European Pet Network.

Luckily, Emile was microchipped and registered with Petlog. Once the chip was identified in Italy, Petlog was contacted through the European Pet Network and processes were put in motion to reunite Emile in Verona, Italy with Matthew in Burgandy, France, an 894 mile round trip.

Celia Walsom, Executive at Petlog said: “We are delighted that we, at Petlog, are responsible for assisting in reuniting a dog in Italy with his owner in France. We are committed to helping reunite lost pets with their owners, in whatever way we can. As pet owners, we know there is nothing worse than when a pet goes missing which is why we do all we can to help in situations like this.

“Emile was picked up before Christmas and Petlog has been involved since 7th January in arranging for Emile to be reunited with Matthew. Reuniting a pet and its owner across international borders is not an easy task, and without a microchip and the European Pet Network it would be near impossible, but we are delighted we could help in this case.”


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tara, Alaskan Malamute

Dog taken amid allegations of abuse reunited with family
Elad Shalom says he got a tip about Tara's location and is dropping charges
CBC News Posted: May 24, 2013

A dog that went missing in Saint John earlier this week amidst online allegations of abuse and neglect has been reunited with its owners.

Elad Shalom says he got a tip on Facebook about where his Alaskan Malamute, Tara, was located.

The disappearance of Tara, an Alaskan Malamute, was hardest on Elad Shalom's three-year-old son.

He went to the home with police and found his dog inside, he said.

Shalom says he will not pursue charges against the culprit and will still donate $1,000 to the New Brunswick SPCA, as he had promised if Tara was returned by Friday afternoon.

Tara disappeared from Shalom's west side home on Tuesday, after someone had posted a photo of the dog's outdoor crate and leash on Facebook, alleging she was left outside too much and mistreated.

Several posts had threatened to remove her from her owners.

Shalom, who only moved to Saint John from Israel three months ago to work as an IT consultant, said the Facebook photo was brought to his attention by email, after he had posted a missing dog ad on Kijiji.

He then created his own Facebook page, pleading for Tara's safe return. He said Tara was loved and well cared for and posted several photos and videos of the family's pet.

Although the New Brunswick SPCA had been called to the house several times, officials determined no abuse was taking place, Shalom said.

Keeping Tara out overnight is not neglect because she's an Alaskan Malamute, with a heavy coat and is meant to be outdoors, he said.

"Basically, Alaskan Malamutes, up until minus 15, minus 20 Celsius degrees, they don't need any blankets, or any shelter. Back in Israel, because it was 35 degrees above zero, which is extremely hot, she was inside 24/7," Shalom said.

Alaskan Malamutes are commonly used as Arctic sled dogs, according to the American Kennel Club website.

They have a "coarse outer coat and dense, wooly, oily undercoat, providing the ultimate in insulation," the Animal Planet website states.

Shalom said the theft was most difficult on his three-year-old son.

"Every night before he goes to sleep 'we didn't feed Tara,' because we feed her twice a day — morning before he goes to the daycare, and evening, just before we eat supper — and [he says,] 'Where's Tara? She's probably hungry,'" he had said.

His son also asked every night about brushing Tara's teeth.

"We brush her teeth every evening, otherwise he won't brush his teeth, so we have to brush Tara's teeth first. So half the time he's not willing to brush his teeth because Tara's not there."

Shalom says the family is planning to move to a permanent home in Millidgeville next month and has a fence ready to install for Tara.


Friday, June 7, 2013


Finding Fry
June 2, 2013

I lost my dog, Fry, for 23 hours. This is an account of what happened, which I’m writing for three reasons:

  • Literally hundreds of people have shown support and concern for Fry’s well-being, so it feels appropriate to share the happy outcome with them (you)
  • I have valuable advice to offer dog-owners who find themselves in this position, or want to reduce the chances of it happening
  • I’m still swimming with emotions and I’m hoping this will help me to process it all and get back to normal

Let’s start at the end: The image below is Fry with a drip in his arm. A bit sad, but really this encapsulates a euphoric end to the drama: he’s safe and on the mend. :)

How did we lose him?

I was walking him in Clissold Park, North London. A larger dog frightened him - perhaps scratched him - and he bolted. Despite being nowhere near the entrance to the park, he quickly made his way there, apparently scared of even me as I approached with treats to get him back.

What began as calm, reassuring calls from me turned into desparate cries as Fry accelerated out of the gate and towards the busy road. I chased him for about a mile, shouting for someone to stop him and keeping on his trail thanks to the words and pointing of passers-by. After a few blocks, I came to a small traffic jam. I paused only for a few seconds; long enough to see a driver’s apologetic gestures and receive chilling sympathy from a stranger. Fortunately, going under this car hadn’t stopped him. I followed more shouts and ran after him for another ten minutes.

Then the trail ended. No more strangers could point me towards him. I did my own inevitable tail-chasing, running around the area, but failing to see him anywhere.

I won’t tell the full story in this level of detail. You get the idea. After many hours searching, doing the things, and making the calls, you’d expect, I returned home with my wife, who had joined me in the search. Our best bet was that someone would find him, alive or not and call us (our number was on his collar).

The call came, but it was a 23-hour wait. Again, you can imagine the things we did and imagined during this time. But before I share how things ended, I should tell you about the incredible support I received on Twitter:

Tweeting was a desperate act. And although it didn’t lead to Fry being found, it was a humbling experience. Now, this is a nice, feel-good, family-friendly type of blog post, but if you’ll excuse me for a minute: FUCKING HELL! 790 Retweets. I was not expecting that. And the constant - and I mean constant - flurry of support was incredible.In absence of solid results, this activity gave me a sense of perpetual progress. Something was always ‘being done’. There were no moments, where we were just sitting, waiting. A special thanks to @doglostuk, who were amazing. This post is largely for the people that showed support and whom continue to share messages about Fry’s well-being.

How did we find him?

After almost 24 hours we received a call from a man who had opened his front door and seen Fry lying on his lawn. It was in a small cul-de-sac, hidden from the main road, a few blocks from where I had lost the trail. Our phone number was on his collar and fortunately (if I can use that word), Fry’s injuries prevented him from running away, so the man could approach.

He was pretty scratched up and one of his paws was really mangled. I won’t describe it in any more detail (it looked horrific). The important part is that he is now in hospital and on the mend. It’s an ending that, if I was religious, I would have prayed for. It seemed impossible at the time and the length of this post is partly down to the euphoria that seems to be powering my fingers.

Lessons to pass on

Here’s what I learned from this. I hope some of it is useful to other dog owners:

1. If in doubt, keep them on the lead
Fry is 8 months old now and had been fine off the lead for months. But in recent weeks he’d become a bit more independent, staying away from us for longer and not coming when called. We had decided to keep him on the lead for a while. I stupidly tried him off the lead again, thinking that in a cleaner park than usual (Clissold) he would be less distracted by scavenging than usual. That was true, but it wasn’t enough. This was a mistake I regret deeply. He needed some more training before we let him off again. If you ever feel like this, keep your dog on the lead.

2. If in doubt, keep them away from bigger dogs
It was another dog that scared Fry out of the park. I instinctively thought it was the kind of dog I’d rather Fry stayed away from, but I didn’t want to offend its owner. Again, a moment of weakness that nearly led to a horrible end. You have to look after your dog first, which might occasionally lead to having to offend strangers. A small price to pay.

3. Stay calm, even when you’re terrified
Although I began calmly, I started yelling when Fry was heading towards traffic. This yelling scared him even more. I don’t know if it’s possible to stay calm when you think your dog might go under a car, but you have to try to keep the panic within. Fake it. Pretend to be calm for your dog’s sake. I can’t say it would have brought him back, but I wish I had managed to hold it together.

4. Search more thoroughly in a smaller area
Fry didn’t go far from where I lost him. And from reading online, it sounds like dogs tend to go in triangles, staying within a smaller perimeter, once they’re looking for somewhere safe. If I could go back and do it again, I would search systematically, street by street, bush by bush rather than travel further out to cover more ground. This is especially relevant if your dog is injured and unlikely to keep on the move.

5. Make sure your phone number is on the collar
Fortunately we did this. It could have taken another 24 hours to get him back if we had to wait for him to be taken to a vet. He is microchipped.

6. If he’s badly injured, don’t feed him!
When we found Fry he hadn't eaten for 24 hours. Our instinct was to feed him, which we did - and which he accepted enthusiastically ;) But if your dog needs medical treatment that requires anaesthetic, then food will delay the operation. We had to wait 8 hours before he could be operated on because of this. Although he got to snooze on me for a while in the meantime, which I think he enjoyed:

7. Get good Pet insurance
Ours is pretty decent. M&S. But his treatment is costing around £1500 (still waiting for the final bill). We will probably have to pay £500 of that.

Update: I’m also going to keep a keen eye on GPS solutions like this.
Happy ending
I can’t post a picture of Fry in his bandages because he’s still at the hospital. But here he is at a happier time. Not sure he’ll be doing much yoga for a while though.

Update: I can now...

THANK YOU to everyone that showed support. It meant a lot. The Internet really does love dogs. :)

READ my lessons if you’re a dog owner and have any concerns about this kind of thing.

SORRY to anyone that thinks I’m being a bit over the top with this. I had no idea I could love an animal this much. Thank God he’s okay.

And now I’ve said it all, maybe I can get back to normal life a little. Welcome home, Fry.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sir Cocoa, chocolate lab

After 18 months, missing Staten Island dog, owner reunited thanks to microchip
By Virginia N Sherry/Staten Island Advance
on May 27, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When Sir Cocoa, a friendly chocolate Labrador retriever, escaped from his yard on Nov. 16, 2011, owner Ralph Vega unsuccessfully searched for him. He canvassed the community and plastered the neighborhood with flyers, hoping that the beloved male would be returned quickly, especially because the dog had an identifying microchip.

Sir Cocoa, a chocolate Labrador retriever missing since 2011, was reunited with his owner, Ralph Vega, at Bay Street Animal Hospital on May 6.  "He started licking me, and then lay down to get his belly rubbed. He was happy!" said Vega.

Months passed, however, with no word or sightings.

"Every time I saw a chocolate Lab, I had to stop, go up to the dog (and greet it), to be sure it wasn't mine," said Vega. "I notified shelters, vets, and hospitals, and called the police to find out about dogs hit by cars. I called the microchip company, did an Amber pet alert. We did everything."

Vega bought Sir Cocoa as a puppy at a pet store on Staten Island in 2004, already microchipped.

"He was very intelligent, lovable, and protective of the kids," he noted. "He was friendly with everybody, even other dogs, and if you scratched his back he'd stay there forever. He would kiss anyone."

Earlier this month, on May 6, two women walked in to Bay Street Animal Hospital in Rosebank with a chocolate Labrador male that they said they found near Bayley Seton Hospital in Clifton, reported team leader Cheryl Augustyne, a Rosebank resident who has worked at the animal hospital for 10 years.

In such circumstances, "we automatically wand the dog," to check for a microchip, she said.

That's how the hospital identified and reached out to Vega. "His (voice) mailbox was full, so I sent him a  We found Sir Cocoa," Ms. Augustyne said.

"I was in shock, but I knew it had to be him," Vega said.

He drove to the hospital for what was a most happy reunion.

Sir Cocoa "started licking me, and then lay down to get his belly rubbed, something he really likes, said Vega. "He was happy, and I was in tears."

On his first night home after the lengthy absence, Sir Cocoa went to his usual place. "On the carpet, next to the bed, on the left-hand side," said Vega.

"He's been gone for one-and-a-half years, and I got him back because of the chip," Vega commented. "If you love your dog, get a chip."

Eighteen months after the dog went missing, Vega never completely gave up hope: "I kept saying that I knew he was still alive."

Printer-friendly version at:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Eeyore, great dane

Schenectady dog reunited with owner
Penny Eims,
February 1, 2012

Schenectady, NY - What started as an abuse investigation wound up being a lost dog reunited story...with just a twist of unsolved mystery.

"Duke", a Great Dane, in actuality is a dog named Eeyore who belongs to the Diaz family.

Eeyore apparently ran off when his owner, Wilson Diaz, took him out to go to potty (the dog was leashed, but he slipped free from his owner's grasp).

Somehow, Eeyore wound up tied to a very short leash right next to a river. His rescuers initially felt that the dog had been abandoned there and that there may be abuse involved.

However, after the dog's story went public, the Diaz family came forward and staked claim to their missing dog.

Investigators with the Schenectady SPCA reunited Eeyore with his family after photos and veterinary records were produced to confirm that the dog was indeed theirs.

The family was reunited with their missing dog on Monday night - by all accounts, everyone was over-joyed.

Hopefully Eeyore will be getting some ID tags and a microchip in case he slips away in the future.

As for the short leash by the river...still a mystery. Perhaps someone found Eeyore and thought that they were helping by securing him to a tree, but why by the river, in the mud, in a storm?

A mystery.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dougal and Del, westies

Found! Dog lovers reunited with stolen 'westies'
TWO dog-lovers whose west highland terriers were stolen from outside McDonald's in Stratford-upon-Avon were reunited with their pets today (Thursday) thanks to the police, and the Herald.
By Matt Wilson
May 30, 2013

Joseph Steen, aged 72, and his wife Pat, 75, haven’t been able to sleep all week, left distraught after ten-year-old Dougal and 13-year-old Del were taken on Sunday.

“The response has been amazing,” said Joseph. “Before 8am a woman phoned us up and said ‘I believe I know where your dogs are’.”

Today, police confirmed that a 27-year-old Stratford woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft and is now being questioned.

Officers found Dougal “tied up in a house”, according to Pat, and then took him round to the couple’s home.

But 13-year-old Del had escaped and was found by a member of the public on the Birmingham Road.

He was taken to a dog warden and thanks to a microchip in the back of his neck, identified, and handed over to the couple this morning, at the Royal British Legion in Bull Street. “We are ecstatic,” said Pat.

Joseph thanked everyone that helped, including the police, and the numerous Herald readers who rang him after reading this article.

“It has put us through hell," he said. "But the response was brilliant.”
But after a remarkable response from Herald readers to their story in today’s paper, the couple are now over the moon after getting their beloved dogs back.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Abby, black lab

Missing dog found alive after accident near busy interstate
by Chris Minor
May 28, 2013

A dog missing for more than 24 hours near busy Interstate 80 near Annawan has been found alive and well after surviving a car crash that killed another dog, and injured two people.

Abby, a black lab from Chillicothe, Illinois took off running after the Memorial Day car accident. Her worried owners, Steve and Jodie Kemp, couldn’t help try to find her because both were taken to a hospital in Davenport.

“That’s Steve’s baby. He’s in serious condition, and that’s the only thing he asked, is please bring Abby home!” said Jen Anderson, Kemp’s sister-in-law.

Anderson, other family members, and Annawan volunteers who heard about the missing animal searched Monday night and Tuesday morning for the dog.

At one point, she was seen in the median of the interstate. Remarkably, she made her way about a mile and a half from the crash site, across Route 6, and ended up in a muddy creek bed, away from traffic.

Around 11 a.m Tuesday, May 28, rescuers were able to get close enough to the frightened lab and coax her to safety, putting her on a leash and placing her on an ATV.

One of the rescuers, Will Addis of Annawan, said Abby calmed down when she heard her mom’s voice on a cellphone.

“It was awesome. The owner was calling her, the lady got on the phone and started calling for the dog on speakerphone, and the dog just laid down,” Addis said.

“The whole town of Annawan has been great. Everyone’s looked for her since yesterday afternoon. Some people traveled two hours. I’m just glad we got her. Hopefully Steve can start healing now, he’s going to have a long, long recovery,” Anderson said.

Sadly, the couple’s other dog was killed in the accident, which relatives say happened after a red car with Texas plates cut off the Kemps, causing their car and camper to go into a ditch.

“Please tell everyone how much we appreciated their help”, Anderson said. “We couldn’t have gotten Abby back without them!”


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Benji, kelpie-border collie mix

A man has walked over 300km to be reunited with his best friend, a kelpie-border collie cross
by:Stephanie Masters
May 28, 2013

Logan City man Brian Railton, who walked almost 300km over eight weeks searching for his lost dog Benji, has been reunited with his companion.

The kelpie-border collie cross escaped his yard at Kingston, south of Brisbane, when he was spooked by a storm on March 24.

Every day since then, Mr Railton, 70, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, walked from his home to the council's animal management centre in the hope of finding his best mate, who would usually be walking by his side.

With the help of his son Malcolm, Mr Railton hung posters and searched high and low until receiving the call he had been waiting for last Friday.

"We were nearly at the point of giving up, we were talking about getting another dog because it was very stressful for dad," Malcolm Railton said.

"I got the call from the pound and dad could hear me on the phone and was so excited to bring him home.

"We had a celebration and took him to McDonald's for an ice-cream and he stole half of dad's as well."

Mr Railton said Benji was found at a Waterford nursing home where he had been going for regular dinners for the past three weeks. He thanked Logan City Council staff for their help.

Benji was bought as an eight-week-old pup and was registered and microchipped

Mr Railton says walking up to 12km a day with Benji relieves shaking from Parkinson's disease

Benji waits by the bus stop for Mr Railton when he takes trips to the shops.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Susie, schipperke-border collie mix

Oklahoma Sheriff's Department officer helps lost dog, now reunited with owner
Elisa Black-Taylor
May 28, 2013

An Oklahoma Sheriff's Department officer is credited with helping a lost dog find it's way to the shelter in the aftermath of last weeks tornadoes in Moore. Thanks to the photo of the dog going viral, this sweet little dog has been reunited with her owner.

The story began last week as officers and rescue crews were looking for survivors and came across a small black dog sitting on top of a pile of rubble. This rubble had been a home until a killer tornado ripped it apart. The officers weren't only surprised to find the dog alive, they were touched to learn the reason the dog was guarding the pile.

There was a man buried under the rubble, and it was believed to be that of her owner. Unfortunately, this victim didn't survive, and the little dog was taken to the emergency tornado animal shelter. The deputy who helped fell in love with her and was planning to adopt, should no one come forward. Which was unlikely, since everyone believed the owner had been killed by the tornado.

The photo went viral after being posted on the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, and on May 21 the pieces began to fall into place.

The lost dog was named Susie, and her owner wasn't dead. Susie, a 12-year old Schipperke-Border Collie mix had an owner named Curtis Collins who had been searching for her.

The night after Susie was found, Curtis' sister, Sheila Collins, posted on the OCSD Facebook page that the dog belonged to Curtis. She begged the department to please not adopt Susie out, as her brother was torn apart emotionally with his beloved dog missing. The deputy who found Susie then contacted Sheila and a reunion took place.

Susie and Curtis lived about half a mile from where she was found. No one knows how or why she was standing guard over a man in a house that was not her home. Perhaps Susie was saved by the man whose body she was guarding on the day she was found. We'll never know.

Curtis is overjoyed to have his dog back, and he and his other dog Max are planning to leave town. Curtis has asked that anyone touched by their story to make a donation to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to assist with animals affected by last weeks storm.