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- Tommorrow Morning! Bring your dogs and let them burn off some energy! fb.me/30Q4eI9AR 50 minutes ago
On December 8th we received the fantastic news, that Abner, missing since October 5th was finally safely contained at a home in White Lake, Langlade County; about 65 miles from where he went missing. You can read the newspaper accounts of his adventure at these two links:
Antigo Daily Journal: “Abner Back Home in Madison After a Wild Journey”
Wisconsin State Journal: “Doug Moe: Looking for Abner”
We would like to share with you an email received from Mary, Abner’s owner that she sent to our volunteer caseworker, David Woods, who covers the area where Abner was lost. We think it has a lot of good suggestions and hopeful encouragement for people who are missing a dog, especially one that may be shy or has been lost a long time.
Thank YOU, Dave. The information and support from Lost Dogs of Wisconsin was incredible, and gave me the tools I needed to get Abner home. I submitted the form, and would like to share more what I think worked the best in my situation – a shy, smart dog lost away from home in a rural area where people do not have internet access at home.
1.Flyers – exactly as you said – door to door (or to mailboxes behind the flag or in the shopper stopper box)
2. Flyers and personal contacts at key businesses – the town store, bar/restaurant, hardware store, etc.
3. Ads in local newspapers with picture of the dog – quite economical and effective. (and now I am going to put in ads thanking everyone and notifying them Abner is found)
What brought Abner in was not a trap, but that he found a place where he was fed regularly, and the people who lived there built his trust and did not pressure him. They created a “safe space” in this woodshed, where he knew he could find food, shelter and water (and warmth). They acknowledged him (Hey, buddy) but did not chase or call him, so little by little he relaxed in their presence. Their sweet dog (pictured in the woodshed, attached) befriended him.
Then I was on their property and in their house, so he smelled me and heard my voice (although just as your articles said, he did NOT come to me when I saw him and called him!). We left his blanket in this woodshed. I befriended their sweet dog as well. And of course – grilled out a whole mess of bacon & cheese hot dogs (the Dave Woods trick!!). Somehow, it all came together and broke through, and the day I left, that evening he followed their dog into the house.
The couple who live in the house also prayed quite a bit that day to bring Abner in, and I believe their good energy reached out to Abner and he knew he was safe. He was so relaxed when I got there – he greeted me just like always,wagging, licking my face, and then (as in picture) ran to get a toy to bring to me! If you think this can help others please share this information! Thanks again – your help and encouragement really helped me keep hope alive and keep going! Mary
Statistics show that many dogs become lost during the holiday season. With the holidays fast approaching Lost Dogs of Wisconsin would like to remind you to keep your dog safe during the hustle and bustle:
Traveling with your pet
- Be sure your dog is wearing a current ID tag that includes your cell phone number.
- Carry a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate in case your dog gets lost and is picked up by Animal Control. It is proof of a current rabies vaccination and your ownership.
- As an added precaution, simply take a piece of paper and packing tape, write the address/phone number of where you will be staying and tape it to the collar as a back-up or attach a temporary ID tag with the same information.
- To keep your dog safe while driving, please read our article: Safe Driving with Dogs
- If your dog does escape while you are traveling, please read our article: Tips for dogs that are lost from somewhere other than home
Hosting parties or gatherings
- Including your 4 legged friend is great, but if your dog is not one who goes with the flow, be sure to provide them with a nice quiet place away from the crowds to relax and feel secure.
- If your dog is a party animal and wants to be in the midst of the party – great!! ..Just be sure that someone keeps an eye on them or in a separate room and no escape routes like doors or gates are accidentally left open.
- Remember dogs that were unfazed by Uncle Joe giving them a kiss on top of the head or Grandma pinching their cheeks last year-may be terrified this year. Err on the side of caution.
With the weather becoming blustery, dog owners might consider the following safety tips:
- Keep ID tags on your dog at all times along with a properly fitted collar – personal ID tag, Rabies/license tag, and microchip tag. If your dog gets lost, you want the person who finds your dog to be able to easily contact or find you.
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and the chip is registered to you. A microchip is a tiny chip implanted between your dog’s shoulder blades; it can be scanned and used to identify your dog. Don’t forget to update your contact information with the microchip registry if you move. (If you adopted your dog from an animal shelter, he/she may be already microchipped. Check your adoption records or ask your veterinarian to scan your dog for a microchip.)
- Use a sturdy, traditional leash; slip the loop of the leash over your right thumb and close your fingers tightly around the loop. Use left hand to hold the leash further down. This will keep the dog on your left and if she/she tries to bolt, you have both hands on the leash.
- When children are walking the dog, they should not only be old enough to understand the safety precautions, but also physically strong enough to handle the dog if he/she attempts to bolt.
- If you let your dog out into a fenced yard, check the fence on a routine basis to make sure it is secure. Winds and snow can damage your fence.
- Be extra cautious with shy/timid dogs. When walking them, make sure they have a properly fitted martingale collar along with a harness; either hook the harness and collar together with one leash or leash separately. Both collar and harness should have ID tags.
Bundle up and enjoy!