Toby has now been missing for three days. The owners are still hopeful that he may return on his own and are very wise to keep the bed, food and familiar scented articles at the point he went missing from.
But they also realize that they can’t control what happens to him while he is lost and he may have been seen and pursued by strangers. But where to start? Where does a shy lost dog want to hang out?
In our experience, lost dogs do not want to live deep in the woods. They prefer to lurk on the edge of civilization, near food sources. In hot weather, they will need a reliable source of water. (In winter, they will eat snow). Toby needs a quiet place to hunker down during the day with an easy path to travel at dusk and dawn, when he is likely to be moving about for food and water.
Concentrate your flyering on places like this:
- Houses that back onto wooded areas or parks
- Tall grass or marshy areas
- Golf courses
- Campgrounds and Picnic areas
- Sporting fields
- Industrial parks and abandoned factories
- Quiet cul de sacs
- Decks, old cars, old machinery, boats – especially with overgrown grass
- Untidy yards and farm yards
- Abandoned barns and sheds
- Wooded areas behind restaurants, bars, grocery stores and convenience stores – anywhere food is sold or served
- Anywhere that outdoor cats are being fed
Stay tuned! With all of your hard work of flyering and signs, you will soon have a sighting and you will need to know how to handle it.