Lost Dogs - Motorhome Forums, Motorhome Discussion, Motorhome Chat

User Tag List

 5Likes
  • 4 Post By patp
  • 1 Post By erneboy
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2020, 07:22 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 5,162
Thanks: 178
Thanked 231 Times in 226 Posts
Lost Dogs

As some may have read on another thread our dog, Georgia, went missing while on a walk near home. She is a working cocker spaniel (breed not occupation ) and so loves to "flush" the fields. She was gaily doing that one morning when all of a sudden she was gone! It is not unusual so I called and used the dog whistle that travels further but nothing. Most dogs, if they get a bit lost, will return to the last place they saw their owner or go home. Neither of those things happened within an hour so I became seriously worried.

The point of this post is to tell people about the wonderful help there is out there if it ever, God forbid, happens to them.

DogLost is the first point of call. They run an amazing Facebook group with National coverage. All volunteers, they have groups that cover areas. It is best to register with them before the dog goes missing to save time. Once alerted they will circulate a photo of your dog to all their members (and there are hundreds if not thousands of them). They will also put your dog's photo into a poster that can be printed out by you and any of the other members. I have known of stolen dogs being dumped because of a huge poster campaign.

The Dog Warden needs to be notified but if the dog is microchipped and with a collar tag on they rarely reach the Dog Warden. Be aware if they do reach the dog warden, and fail to be traced to you, that the dog could be kennelled out your area so we are advised to try to visit the kennels to check if your dog is there. Be aware also that a "grey" coloured dog might just be the "blue roan" dog that you are looking for but has not popped up as "found" because of a mis description. Dog wardens will not release details of the kennels that they use and I, personally, have known of an elderly terrier being put to sleep because of a mis description and him being kennelled out of area.

There is another amazing group of people called Drone SAR (Search and Rescue) who will fly their drones over areas to see if they can spot the dog. Again all are volunteers. They have a ground team too to help where needed.

ALL vets in your area need to be informed as people will often take a dog to their own vet if they find it. Put posters up in the waiting room.

The microchip company needs to be notified. They are quite useless, in my opinion, but they are supposed to prevent people changing the registration of your dog to their name and keeping it. Thieves know exactly how to get around that hurdle.


Theft of a dog is a whole other issue but, with any dog is a possibility. Cute or valuable ones can be sold. Not so cute ones can go as bait in dog fighting rings. I am sorry if this upsets people but it is a fact. The law is so weak on stolen dogs that it is no deterrent! We need to lobby our MP's to get the law changed from dogs just being a mere "possession" to a valued member of the family. There are petitions out there to sign folks!

Local Facebook pages were hugely helpful in our case with people we have never met going out searching for Georgia. Even a non dog owning villager decided to go walking the lanes!

In our case we had spread the word far and wide and it reached the ears of a local farmer. He had heard a "kind of squeal/screech" at about the time Georgia went missing. This was relayed to us "just in case" and we searched, by torchlight the area it came from which was a private wood. We had to gain permission but did not find her in the dark. It turned out that she had chased a hare under an electric fence surrounding a, nearby, free range chicken farm! She had spent the night in there (she is a bit wary of chickens, has some training in ignoring them and there were a lot of them!). After being missing for nearly 24, long, hours we got her home!
patp is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2020, 07:26
Senior Member
 
erneboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Spain + Germany
My Motorhome: Four Winds RV
Posts: 29,647
Thanks: 211
Thanked 572 Times in 530 Posts
Sometimes as I sit on the doorstep of the van hugging a dog under each arm and telling them that they're rotten sh1tbags I wonder how it is that we become so fond of the buggers. Still, there it is.
patp likes this.

Brexiters. It's your sh1t now. Whatever happens nationally and internationally you own it. I wish you luck. I think you're going to need all you can get and then some. Friday 13th December 2019.
erneboy is online now  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2020, 07:48
Senior Member
 
JanHank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: East Germany, I can see Poland from my windows.
My Motorhome: I drive...Auto Trail Navajo
Posts: 10,978
Thanks: 471
Thanked 590 Times in 535 Posts
Personal Aire
One question Pat, have you taught Gorgie to speak on command?

I can't ever imagine losing Motley, but if he was caught in something and was within earshot hopefully if I called, Motley speak, he would respond.

I'll have to practice that at a distance out of sight.😒

I'm Jan
We learn something new every day.
JanHank is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2020, 08:18 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 5,162
Thanks: 178
Thanked 231 Times in 226 Posts
Good idea, Jan!
In this instance she was in a huge field but she went missing near the backs of some village houses. We went up and down the field peering into their back gardens wondering if she was sitting in one of them, hidden from view, but mute! I did shove a poster through each of their letter boxes asking them to look in their gardens as some people have sections of gardens that might not let her get to their back doors. The things that go through your mind! Was one of the houses empty? Would she sit at their back door waiting for it to open. I have had it happen many times that a dog goes through a gap in the fence but, for some unknown reason, just cannot work out how to do it in reverse! There was no way Georgia was going to get another zap from that chicken fence so she would have had to start feasting on the chickens at some stage! Funnily enough she must have been in there when I checked it early in our search but the chickens were all very calm! When we did find her she was out of sight but came to call
patp is online now  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2020, 10:52
Senior Member
 
JanHank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: East Germany, I can see Poland from my windows.
My Motorhome: I drive...Auto Trail Navajo
Posts: 10,978
Thanks: 471
Thanked 590 Times in 535 Posts
Personal Aire
Iīm 90% sure if it had been Motley and I had shouted for him to speak a couple of times he would, at home he has often been accidentally shut in the garage or the bedroom or somewhere else where a door is shut, he will nip in a room behind me, I donīt see him, come out shut the door and 10 minutes later wonder where he is, I call "Motley speak" and he does. Not been able to get him to shout without asking him to though.

I'm Jan
We learn something new every day.
JanHank is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2020, 11:18 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 5,162
Thanks: 178
Thanked 231 Times in 226 Posts
In theory if you kept shutting him in and only releasing him when he shouted he should connect the two. So shouting gets the door open. I am always very careful about teaching things that might be irritating though Chris hates dogs barking so Georgia has been told off (only by him!) for barking.
patp is online now  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-01-2020, 07:23 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 5,162
Thanks: 178
Thanked 231 Times in 226 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by erneboy View Post
Sometimes as I sit on the doorstep of the van hugging a dog under each arm and telling them that they're rotten sh1tbags I wonder how it is that we become so fond of the buggers. Still, there it is.
You never know just how much you love 'em until they are gone It bugs me that the law does not recognise this bond when it comes to dog theft
patp is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Motorhome Forums, Motorhome Discussion, Motorhome Chat forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome