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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2007, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have a LOST DOG flyer ready for your dog?

If your dog were ever to get outside accidently or get separated from you in an emergency situation, do you have a Lost Dog flyer ready? This is something you could quickly pull out of a file to have reprints made in a hurry.

I figure that any weapon you have to use against dear old Murphy and his laws of odds is one less thing I will probably ever need. I used to have one set available in the house and one in the motorhome, but I just realized that I need to re-do a couple, so this is also a reminder to myself.

Some things to put on your lost dog flyer are:
  • REWARD (really big at the top)
  • A clear photo of your dog - and not necessarily in a well-groomed condition because he/she may not look that great after a day or two away from you
  • Your phone number!
  • Last seen (with a blank for you to fill in when needed)
  • A brief description
  • "Do not chase" because a scared Hav will probably run away from a stranger instead of towards
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I highly recommend that you do not put that your dog is a Havanese on the flyer for two reasons: Many people do not know what a Havanese is, and those who do may choose to keep your treasure instead of returning him/her to you despite the reward.

Here are a couple of great links to assist you in making your lost dog flyer.

Detailed basics on a lost dog flyer
3 simple samples of other lost dog flyers in a PDF file

P.S. It is good to put a copy in your emergency preparedness kit too.
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I had a big scare a few weeks ago with Belle escaping at the new house. I think my dogs are very well trained and come when called, I can trust them offleash but it is a different story when I leave the house as I thought something like this would never happen. I left and my husband called me to yell at me for not telling him I took the maltese! I ran out of the grocery store so fast when he said that. Belle decided to leave the house- I am guessing under the gate and go looking for me apparently. Jim ran up the mountain since that is where we take our walks and called her while shaking a treat bag and she immediately came running. I was so sick that afternoon! Belle wouldn't leave my side for 2 days. I had to carry her out to go potty! Now when I leave the house, we have the dog door locked even if Jim is here.

On the same notes that Kimberly said with all the information, HRI has a lost dog page and has some forms to help! Also if your havanese ever goes missing, they will post the information!
http://havaneserescue.com/AAresources.html Make sure to already fill out the lost dog handbook, don't wait till something happens!

Here is the page they place missing havanese as well http://havaneserescue.com/amosalert.html

Thanks for bringing this up Kimberly!
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Amanda what a scare! I would probably be a mess if that ever happened to me. It's a good thing she didn't go very far and stuck around the areas she knew.

I will definitely make some of those flyers to keep on hand in case Kubrick ever gets lost. That's a great idea, Kimberly! Thanks for posting this thread.


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Oh Amanda, how terrifying for you and Bella too. I'm so glad Jim thought to head up the mountain and took the treat bag with him.

I think that is the worst part - thinking your dogs will always come when you call them and then finding out that it doesn't always happen.

Thank you for posting the additional links. I remember when Amos went missing and I was so hopeful for a safe return. The loss of Amos still sits with me and I didn't even know him. That was one of the worst days of reading email. (I don't even remember who his owners were, but I still remember the story of Amos very well.)
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This is something we should all give and have when we have someone watch our dogs as well!

I was completely in panic mode and Jim found her before I got back up the mountain when I arrived she was so happy to see me. He said she came running as she was scared as well! I kind of forgot about this but since then we have changed the way we leave the house and trusting the girls outside on their own.

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Amanda - what a great point! But sad that you had to post it because of your experience. I never really thought of it but when Logan got out of his leash this past summer, while we were on vacation, when that big dog went after him, I would not have been prepared at all. Although their name tags say REWARD & have my phone# on them, it would not have helped in this case as he slipped out of his collar completely! Thank God 1 block away I heard the commotion, and ran out to call him to me a few feet before he ran past our house. If he had gotten past our house, he would be gone or dead as he was running towards the busiest street in the town. But I did not have anything I could have put up with a picture or anyything. Thanks for this tip for all.
And kisses to Belle - thankfully she is safe!
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Laurie,
That is the thing, I don't leave the collars on the dogs unless we are leaving either. So even if someone found them, there would be no outside identification! So having the posters made up at least to at least an electronic copy where someone could run and copy them is a great idea. You can never be too prepared!

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I found a Border Collie this AM--thankfully he had a collar and phone number. I must say he was the sweetest!
I walked him to his house (3 blocks) he ran into his yard and brought me his ball. Someone had left the gate open and the family was asleep
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Aww - isnt that a nice feeling to be able to do that for someone else?? A few weeks ago I was a few blocks from home and there was this beagle running on the sidewalk, and his poor Dad was running after him calling his name. So I pulled over a block away, knelt down and called for the pup to come to me. He came & I was able to hold his collar till Dad got there.
I get back in the car & my teenager says - "why on earth did you do that? Its so embarrasssing!! He would have gotten the dog on his own!"
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