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HELP! Need advice for finding lost dog!

I am just heartsick. My friend called me early this morning to tell me that she lost her Border Terrier, Phoebe, late last night. She was walking her in our neighborhood, and the dog went after a rabbit. My friend lost ahold of the leash and could not catch up to her. Because it was very dark out, she was out of sight very quickly. The entire family searched all night, even sleeping on the front porch in hopes that she would return. We have alerted all local rescues and SPCAs, posted flyers at local stores and telephone poles, posted on Craigslist, called the Township, put a sign on the front lawn of the house and alerted neighbors. We are out of ideas. She was hearing a harness, ID tags, and a Flexilead leash. Does anyone have any other ideas???? Thanks.

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Oh on Heather!!! This is terrible! I'm guessing she's not micro-chipped? Border terriers are amazing dogs. In my search before getting Posh I had narrowed it down to two breeds-border terrier and havanese. Because border terriers like to "wander" and it seemingly gets worse with age, I knew it wouldn't be the right fit for our family as we have eight acres and no fence. I watch Posh like a hawk, but she really doesn't wander and is always pretty glued to me.

I would just plaster the town with her pictures, we had a border collie that took off during a storm, broke through a screen door and just ran and ran. We plastered photos of her everywhere, she was micro-chipped, and we got a call a week later on my birthday from someone that had seen the posters. It was the best birthday present ever.

I will keep you and your friend in my prayers and I hope people here can give you some good advice.

Also, can you contact the Border Terrier local club organization to put out an alert?
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Oh, I hope she finds her soon.

Havanese Rescue has a section on their web site called "Amos Alert" which was named after a missing Havanese. There are resources there on how to find lost dogs. Click here to get to the info.
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Heather, your friends and Phoebe are in my prayers. I pray for her safe return.

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Heather I noticed they have her listed under pets on craigs list, I would also add her to the lost and found section.

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You guys are the best. Thank you for the kind words and advice. As soon as I stop sobbing I'm headed out on my bike for another search. I will check out the Amos alert and post to Criagslist Lost & Found when I get back. Thank you again so very much!!!!!
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Keep the ideas coming!! Thanks!
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Oh how sad-----I'm sending good thoughts and prayers that she'll be found soon and returned to her home.

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I am so sorry to hear about your friend's dog.

Being on the other side just not too long ago - My DD found a dog and I helped her try to find the owner - never did - she finally placed the lab with
a wonderful family.

Here is what we did to find the owner.
We called all the shelters in our area and surrounding areas. This is very important because if the dog comes in sometimes they will replace them in just a few days.We called all vets in the area. Emailed them a picture of the dog.
We called and posted flyers with all the groomers.
We posted flyers in all the grocery stores, home improvements, farm stores, etc.
We emailed all the Home Owners Associations in town. Asked them to put out a email to all residents who have email.
We put up signs at the entrances of most of the neighborhood.
Also, put up signs at the entrance and exits from the highways to our town.

My DD would even drive the dog around and look to see if anyone was looking for a dog.

I would suggest trying to get the dog's picture on local t.v. - sometimes the weather people will have dog pictures and they could mention this one is lost.

If Sissy was lost

I would be placing flyers on every door knob I could find.
I would have someone at every entrance/exits at hwy with a sign with
her picture stating lost dog.
Walking the neighborhood at constantly - get the whole neighborhood involved.
Call the local Youth groups and they might take it on as a project and help place flyers, walk neighborhoods, etc.

Good Luck and I sure hope the little thing finds her way home.

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& Marie
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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.

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