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Pet detectives help find dogs

There’s an interesting story in a paper in California today — The Desert Sun in Palm Springs — about a woman who has lost her dog.  Sure, that happens everyday.  People lose dogs and cats.  But this woman was so desperate to find her little Maltese that she hired a pet detective.



Annalisa Bern, owner of Pet Search and Rescue, prepares her dogs Lilly and Rainbow to search for Los Angeles resident Parisa Reyhanian's maltese Diesel, who was missing after a Memorial Day weekend visit, on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Cathedral City, Calif. (Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)

Annalisa Bern, owner of Pet Search and Rescue, prepares her dogs Lilly and Rainbow to search for Los Angeles resident Parisa Reyhanian's maltese Diesel, who was missing after a Memorial Day weekend visit, on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Cathedral City, Calif. (Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)

Pet detectives are quite real.  They aren’t something weird dreamed up for a Jim Carrey movie.  Like the pet detective in the Palm Springs story, a pet detective can use search dogs to pick up the trail of a missing pet.  Many times these search dogs can lead a detective and owner straight to a missing dog or cat.


Pet detectives can help in other ways, too.  They often maintain databases of neighborhoods with mailing addresses and can send out postcards and other information about your missing pet, blanketing a wide area.  They can advise you on how to search in your area and who to make contacts with (the best people are often school bus drivers, postal employees, convenience store clerks and other people who see everything that happens in a neighborhood).


Of course, pet detectives usually charge a fee.  Depending on whether they are local or not, they can be quite expensive.  If a detective is flying in with search dogs from another state the cost may be prohibitive.  On the other hand, if you have a pet detective close to you, they can be quite affordable.  If you use a pet detective simply for mailings and advice, the costs may not be too high and they can do a lot to help you find your missing pet.  The key is to get them involved quickly and to make sure any mailings go out immediately.  Every day lost is a day that your pet could be miles away.


If you have a missing pet you may also want to consider using an animal communicator.  I know — some people consider them phony but there are many people who believe in them absolutely.  I’ve had mixed results with them.  I lost the same dog twice.  She was an extraordinarily confident and independent dog.  The first time she got out was when she was six months old.  We believe that someone tampered with the gate on the fence since it was padlocked.  She was just small enough, at six months old, to slip through when the gate was bent.  I was frantic but someone told me about a psychic who might be able to help.  I called her up and she gave me her impressions.  I found my dog a day or two later and, believe it or not, all of the woman’s impressions were borne out — railroad tracks, a road that began with the letter “R,” a description of the path my dog took.  It was quite uncanny.  A couple of years later my dog escaped from the house for a joy run.  On that occasion the woman couldn’t help much.  We knew where my dog was — in 600 acres of woods.  The trouble was getting her to come to us and catching her.  There was much more to that story, some of it of a psychic nature, but in the end we couldn’t bring her home.


If you do have a missing dog you should keep in mind that most dogs are found within just a couple of miles of their home.  They may run miles but they tend to keep circling back.  They do not run off in a straight line.  Dogs will stop and smell every interesting thing.  They will chase a cat or squirrel, stop and play with another dog, follow the smell of food.


When you’re out searching for your missing dog do keep calling their name.  If your dog is sighted, go back to that area.  You may wish to take a crate there and place some of your old clothes in the crate — things that smell like you.  Some dogs will go right in the crate and curl up when no one is around.  Leave out food and water at the site of the crate.  See if you can get your dog in the habit of going there for food.  You have a better chance of catching your dog if you can get him to develop a pattern of going back to the same places.


Don’t forget to visit your local animal control and rescues every day or two.  It doesn’t do any good at all to give them a photograph or describe your dog over the phone.  For one thing, after your dog has been running loose and getting matted and dirty, he/she won’t look the way they do in any photographs.  And for another thing, unfortunately many shelter workers aren’t very good at identifying dogs.  Unless you have a Beagle or Lab, chances are that many shelter workers can’t identify a dog breed, especially if you have an uncommon breed.  You could call everyday and be told that they haven’t seen your dog — and he could be sitting in a kennel run just because they don’t recognize him.  Even microchips are no guarantee you’ll be contacted.  They aren’t always found.  Visit shelters and rescues in person!


Having a lost dog is one of the worst experiences you can go through.  My heart goes out to anyone in that position.  Don’t be shy about asking for help.  Get everyone you know to help you search for your dog and start looking immediately.  Consider pros like pet detectives and animal communicators.  Do whatever it takes to bring your dog home.



June 1, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , ,

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