First Things First – How Did Your Dog Go Missing?

Determining how your dog went missing will help you plan your strategy for finding him safely.  The first question to ask yourself is “How Did My Dog Go Missing?”  Be honest.  In a panic, most people jump to the conclusion that their dog was “stolen” because they’ve never been lost before and because they couldn’t possibly […]

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Is Your Dog Lost? Make it EASY for People to Contact You!

Are you missing your dog? Make sure that you make it EASY for people to reach you. Don’t rely on just one method of communication. Check your emails and phone messages frequently. When possible answer your phone in person. Don’t assume the person will leave a message. They often won’t and may only try ONCE […]

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MICROCHIPS – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  Micochips are a wonderful tool in the toolbox of lost pet recovery. BUT, we see time and time again, owners of microchipped dogs relying on the microchip to bring their dog home instead of getting out and doing the legwork of flyering and signs. Generating sightings through flyers and signs is the NUMBER ONE […]

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Check Nearby Farms for Your Missing Dog

Scared lost dogs will often gravitate to a farm where there is a reliable food source like outdoor cat food or spilled grain. Farms provide a multitude of hiding places. Lost dogs will hide in sheds, old barns or under old farm machinery and creep out at dusk and dawn to eat. If the dog […]

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Crying Wolf is a Bad Idea if Your Dog is Missing

We have seen some internet advice that suggests owners should create a sense of urgency about their missing dog by including a statement on the flyer that says the dog needs medicine for a serious medical condition (whether it is true or not). In our experience, this is very bad advice because: 1. If your […]

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Jump Starting Your Search For the Long Lost Dog

Your lost dog has been missing now for several weeks (or months) and your sightings and leads have fizzled out. Don’t despair!! It’s never too late to  jump-start the search for a long-lost dog. This article is designed to give you some ideas for reigniting your search to give you a place to pick up again. […]

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Tips For Dogs That Are Lost From Somewhere Other Than Home

It is not uncommon for a dog to go missing from a location other than home. These situations  can include but are not limited to dogs that go missing from a: Vacation or camping trip Pet sitter Vet clinic Groomer Animal Shelter Foster home Rescue transport Car Accident This sounds horrifying, but with a good […]

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The Problem with Dandelions

  One of our long-time volunteers has coined a clever name for some of our missing dogs.  She affectionately calls them  “dandelions” because they are common and they all look alike. The problem with dandelions is that they can present a real challenge to their owner when they get lost. Here is the list of […]

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The Happy Wanderer – Part 3 of a Series

Do you remember that old song from Girl Scout camp, the Happy Wanderer? “I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track, And as I go, I love to sing, My knapsack on my back.” This is often the scenario played out by the friendly, opportunistic large dog, or a friendly small dog in an unpopulated area. […]

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Did Your Lost Dog Get Picked Up By a Good Samaritan? Part 2 of a Series

  The first thing we need to do is clearly define the difference between a dog that is “picked up” and one that is stolen.  A picked up dog is one that was lost or perceived to be lost and a Good Samaritan took the dog to keep it out of harm’s way. Very few […]

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