We’ve all seen the posters, the posts, and the call for help to find the lost pup or kitty. Some find their way home shortly, just having taken themselves for an afternoon stroll; while others find themselves miles from their home being picked up by strangers and kept as their family pet; and sadly, others are never found or seen from again.
It’s an empty feeling to think your loved pup is out there alone, scared, wandering the woods unsure as to where to go and where you are. If this happens, it’s best for someone to stay in the general area where your pet went missing, while others span a wider search area. If after calling and searching till dark with no luck, head to the local police station to report your pup missing. Check in with the humane society, the local Vet, animal control and other dog organizations that are in the area, and post signs which include a reward. Social media like Facebook and Twitter are good ways to get the word out fast, be sure to include pictures; and there is a National Missing Pet Partnership dedicated to reuniting companions with their people. (www.missingpetpartnership.org)
Several of us hike without leashes, letting our pups run freely through the woods. Most stay within sight or within a certain distance to keep an eye on us; others will roam out of sight but check in every so often; they’re enjoying the freedom to roam and be dogs. I have bells I attach to my girls collars when we hike so I can hear them and help reduce the probability of them spooking any wildlife. I also hike with an air horn just in case they run back to me with a mountain lion in tow! I’ve found air horns to be incredibly useful in several hiking situations.
In areas where I know there are lots of cars, other dogs, predators or possibly open mines, my girls will be on leash. I have a couple 6 foot leashes and a couple 25 foot leashes that are always in my car. It’s important to ensure you have your most recent contact information on your pups’ tags or chip. If someone finds your pup wandering down the road, the last thing you want is for them to call a disconnected number! If you have chipped your dog, you can reprogram the chips with updated information.
With summer here keep an eye out when hiking as there are lots of hungry critters who look at our pups as appetizers and will snap them up in the blink of an eye. While some dogs are very aware of their surroundings and are attune to nature; others are a bit more aloof. Keep a close eye and ear out when hiking, you are in the wild, and if you have any question in your mind or get that feeling you’re being watched, leash up for safety.
Till next time…Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz, provides mobile Canine Massage, PawQuatics, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services. Her home-made dog treats are sold at local stores, and 4TheLuvOfDogz K9Birthday Cakes are available direct. Deb Petz Nanny’s for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc. Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.