Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern CA
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Just a few thoughts and ideas...
Because she has a Flexi-lead attached to her, it may be scaring her by 'chasing' after her as she walks or runs. This might keep her either on the run or hiding somewhere, afraid to move.
Because the handle tends to be bulky, it might be caught on something and she may not be able to move out into the open.
If there is brush and such in or near the area where she was lost, walk that area quietly and, in between calling her name, listen for the sound of the handle being dragged, or for her struggling with it.
When checking shelters, WALK the kennels, do not rely on the kennel workers to correctly identify your dog. Shelter workers are not breed experts and cannot be counted on to correctly recognize any particular breed. Bring a photo of your dog with you, in case she's in isolation or some other unaccessible area of the shelter. This way you can show the photo around and ask if anyone there has seen her. I strongly recommend that the owner walk the shelter every day.
Put lost ads in the local newspaper and post flyers all around - even miles from where she was lost. State in both ads, "Reward" for her safe return. You don't need to specify an amount, but at least anyone who might find her may be more compelled to call if there's a reward involved. Sorry to say, but true.
Keep your eyes peeled for "Found dog" ads and posters. Call every one that MIGHT be her. Just because you think her color is tan and silver doesn't mean that whoever found her will agree. They might say brown and gray.
My heart goes out to your friend. I've got my fingers crossed that Phoebe will be safely back at home in no time.
Wanda & Pepper