Editor’s note: Here’s a compelling story from Cliff Mass on the search for his dog that disappeared a couple of months ago.
From the Cliff Mass Weather Blog:
For nearly four months, I have mentioned my lost dog Leah in this blog. We have not recovered her yet, but we know she is still alive and roughly where she is. The story has become quite a tale, one with both villains and heroes. A story of an amazing journey and survival in the wild. And it has implications for many of you with pets and speaks to the need for new approaches for dealing with a significant problem.
Leah is a 9 year-old female, black cockapoo (with white markings) and has tags and a microchip. In September, we went on a short vacation and left her with a “professional” pet Nanny in northwest Seattle (D. Harris, 350 N 102nd St)–someone recommended to us by an acquaintance and who received a good review on Yelp (more on Yelp issues later). Needless to say, my family loves this sweet little dog.
A few days later, while were still away, the pet Nanny called– our dog and several of her other charges had escaped from her backyard. The other dogs were retrieved, but our Leah was gone. This was a person who promised that the dogs would never be left alone outside the house. She couldn’t understand how the gate got opened and even blamed the “meter man.” This was Saturday, September 10th. The next day she still had not found Leah and we tried something high tech–robocalls to the neighborhood asking for help. No response. On Monday, we were back in Seattle, driving the neighborhood. Day after day we searched, putting up signs over a wider and wider radius. Placed ads on craigslist. Went to all the local animal shelters. Local community online newspapers were wonderful, giving her lots of publicity.