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IF ONLY THEY COULD CALL HOME: Lost & Found Dog Tips

Lanther Pay Phone (16 X 9)(w text)

This post is by The Human… I told her to write it and post it… hope she does a good job… I’ll be over here napping.

This post is inspired by our friend, Dave, who recently found a stray dog in his neighborhood. As Dave is an animal lover, he wanted to ensure the dog’s safety and welfare. He took the dog into his home and began taking steps to attempt to locate the pup’s owner. He took the dog for walks around the neighborhood to keep the dog visible. He brought the dog to a veterinarian to check for a microchip (none was found). After attempts to reunite the dog began to seem futile, Dave began to accept that he may not find the owner. He began purchasing toys, food, and other doggy items in preparation to keep the little guy. He decided he would be ready to provide the pooch a loving home, even though two cats already resided in his home, who incidentally the new canine found irresistibly chasable. One day Dave decided to check the local “Lost and Found” section of Craigslist. There it was on the computer screen, a photo and description of the very dog in his care. His name per the posting was Cooper. Dave contacted the author of the post, and received a return phone call very soon after. The Craigslist “Lost and Found” advertisement had been posted by a frantic father, who had been caring for Cooper in his daughter’s absence. As it turns out a gate had been left open, and Cooper had run off into the world in search of adventure! The father and Cooper were reunited and the man was ever so grateful for Dave’s care and efforts. Happy ending for Cooper and the father! Good Samaritan stars for Dave!

Lost pets…if only they could just call home! “Hey guardians of me! I’m phoning to tell you I’m lost and over here at 123 Maple Avenue! Wanna come get me?!!!” But alas they cannot do this (and not just because they lack opposable thumbs). So what kinds of things can both the lost pet seekers and the lost pet finders do? Here are some things compiled from a few sources to help!

TIPS IF YOU HAVE FOUND A PET

1) ​Call area animal shelters and report that you found a lost pet. Give a thorough description and you will be contacted if someone calls reporting a lost pet with the same description.

2) Knock on doors. Knock on doors of homes near where you found the animal to ask if they know to whom the animal belongs.

3) Scan for microchip. Have the animal scanned for a microchip at any nearby veterinary office, Humane Society or Animal Services which may lead to the owner’s information.

4) Post flyers. Put up flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas to let the person looking know that you found their lost pet.

5) Post and search on social media. Post photo and information on where you found the animal on Facebook, Craigslist, Pinterest, etc. (The “lost + found” section of Craigslist is located in the “Community” section of your local city listings).

Craigslist example

*Find “lost + found” in your chosen location’s “community” section

6) Make the animal visible. As in the scenario with Dave and Cooper, taking a found dog for walks in the area in which they were discovered makes them visible to searching owners, or other people who may know or recognize them.

7) Check with local veterinarians. There is a good chance that the animal you found is a patient at one of the local veterinarian offices. Check multiple offices. Dave mentioned that Cooper’s actual veterinarian was the one located closest to his neighborhood, while the veterinary office where he had Cooper  scanned was not the same office.

8) Check with local police departments. Report found animals to the local police department. Many people report their lost pets to area police departments. They also inquire into any reports of found pets there.

***If someone contacts you claiming to be the owner of the dog or cat, be sure you ask for evidence of ownership, including a picture or have them identify specific information that only an owner would know. This could be an unusual feature, tattoo, or something that isn’t visible in the picture.
*** If you find that no one has responded to these efforts after a few days you can then take the pet down to a local shelter and turn it in as a stray..

TIPS IF YOU HAVE LOST A PET

1) Conduct a search. Lost pets may hide if they are fearful. Search in and around all possible hiding places outside, look under sheds, decks, houses, etc. Most animals are found close to home. Talk to your neighbors and, after asking permission, search at your neighbors. Additionally, check places they may have fallen into, or gotten stuck or trapped.

2) Food and water. Put out food and water at home, in hopes the dog or cat will return home for food.

3) Check with local shelters. Call area shelters to make a report and/or to see if your pet has been impounded.

4) Post flyers. Place posters within a 2 mile radius from where the animal was lost and at busy intersections. Posters should be large and bright colors; be brief and to the point and create a visual image. Try: Lost, a photo and your number. Post around town at veterinary clinics, schools, grocery and convenience stores, and anywhere else you think might make a difference. It is always a good idea to leave off one distinguishing feature so you can confirm that this is your lost pet with the person who might have found them.​

5) Post and search on social media. Post photos and information where your pet was last seen on Facebook, Craigslist, Pinterest, etc. Craigslist has a lost and found section… see where to navigate in the example above in #5 of “Found Pets.”

6) Humane trap (get guidance from animal care agencies). For shy dogs and cats, set a humane trap near the point of escape. Check frequently.

7) Check with local shelters. Call all the shelters around where you live and visit them regularly.

8) Spread the word. Contact and leave a description with your mail carrier, newspaper carrier, garbage truck drivers, local landscapers, etc.

9) Check with local police departments. Report lost animals to the local police department. Many people report  found pets to area police departments. They also inquire into any reports of lost pets there.

***If you don’t see your pet, keep looking!  Pets end up in shelters sometimes weeks after they are lost so never stop looking.  Keep in mind what some might call a “lab mix” you may call a “shepherd mix,” so it is always best to visit shelters regularly and not just go on descriptions or website photos alone. Also, you may want to extend your search beyond your local agencies, as pets sometimes end up being secured by people not in your vicinity.

Another idea for posting lost dog info:

Lost dog car window ad

*Photo courtesy of Lost Dogs Illinois

If your dog is lost in a heavily wooded area:

Lost Dog Tips (wooded area)

*Photo/text from an unknown source.

 

SOURCES: ASPCA, Manatee County (Florida), Lost Dogs Illinois, The Human and our friend Dave.

Waking Your Human

How do you go about waking your human in the morning? 

I like to start out my process by making myself comfortable. I take over as much of the bed as possible. Sometimes I slide my way from the bottom of the bed to the pillows. 

In the case The Human… she has learned to adapt to my bed and pillow hogging strategy. Generally she repositions and continues to hang on to her state of unconsciousness. I let this go on for ONLY SO LONG. The trick is to disrupt the sleep cycle. I start to move around a lot, often shooting my legs straight out and jabbing The Human. (I find that the ribs and face are particularly effective targets). I also perform lots of tossing, turning and flipping moves, sometimes inflicting wrestling-style body drops on her with my butt.

In the case of The Human… she is a PROFESSIONAL. She manages many times to work around even difficult-to-ignore maneuvers. So if you have an equally difficult human, what else can you do?

You now have no choice but to GET ALL UP IN THEIR GRILL. Make sure your nose is nice and cold… wet and drooling too, if possible. Abruptly apply your nose to the face of your victim. You can stick to the less invasive “forehead touch,” or go for the gusto with the more extreme “nose to mouth.”

IMG_2891 (Baloo Pillow Nudge) IMG_2887  (Baloo Pillow Nose)

Still not getting the desired result? Try using the method I like to call The Intense Stare (TIS). For this you want to position yourself so that your face is directed toward your human’s face. You must concentrate deeply so that your stare becomes piercing to your human, even through the deep mist of sleep.

The Intense Stare (ITS)

The Intense Stare (ITS)

I find TIS quite effective with The Human no matter what level of consciousness she may be experiencing. Sleeping humans often become very aware of an overwhelming feeling that they are being watched while TIS is being executed. Opening their eyes to see what is there is almost instinctual.

IMG_2880  (Baloo Pillow Wake Up 1)
Using TIS on sleeping victim.
IMG_2881  (Baloo Pillow Wake Up 2)
TIS effectively wakes sleeping victim.

If all of this passive aggressive behavior fails to wake your Human… you will have no choice but to resort to more assertive methods. Bark, jump on the bed, pull the blankets, paw slap, lick, etc. It is ok, you tried lesser methods, and they did not listen. They asked for it!

When you want your Humans to get up and tend to your needs, YOU TELL THEM!

Happy Waking!!!

THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME

Greetings Lanther-iffic Friends!!!

The Human and I realized that I have a few tried and true pet products. Some of these items were clearly integral in helping to acclimate me to my new home when I was first adopted. Some came along later. But all continue to be staples in the home. These products are as loved by me as an old, beat-up teddy bear. What Human? Oh, right… she just said that ALL of my teddy bears are beat-up… and ultimately destuffed. True! BOL!!! Anyway, I present to you below, THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME.

(Please note that this list is based on my environment, habits, personality, abilities and likes, and may not be appropriate for all dogs. You will need to use your judgement about whether or not products are appropriate per situation and per pet, and additionally what sizes and types are best suited).

Onto the TOP 5!!!

1. KONG Extreme (in sizes Large and XL)

The KONG Extreme is a tougher version of the standard KONG (comes in the color black) for dogs like me who are formidable chewers with big strong jaws***. KONGs are fun as both a toy and a treat dispenser. Being a highly food-motivated dog, my favorite part is the treat dispenser feature. Humans fill the center hollow cavity with something dog-safe and yummy. Fillers can really be quite variable, and at the discretion of your Human. My Human likes to slather the inside with peanut butter, pack it solid with cooked chicken or lamb meat or jam in a bunch of on-hand dog treats. Sometimes she even freezes the whole KONG with its contents to make it tougher to extract. Not only is it a great treat for dogs, but it keeps canine minds engaged and stimulated while they systematically work to get the “yummy” out. My specific success story with the KONG is that The Human was able to use it to help alleviate my initial separation anxiety. She would fill up my KONG every time she would be gone for an extended period of time. Presenting me with something engaging and tasty equaled a reward and a positive thing when she left. I came to associate good things with her extended departures (plus I understood that getting a filled KONG and her walking out the door, meant I should not expect her back for a while).

***As with all toys and treat dispensers… be aware of your dog’s chewing habits and supervise them. If they do start to chew off bits and pieces, don’t let them keep the KONG. There are other versions available in red and blue, each with specific durability and intended use (see KONG’s product details).

2. Nylabone (multiple shapes and textures in size XL for Dogs over 50 Lbs)

Ah, the Nyalabone! There are many shapes, sizes and durability levels from which to select. And I am a fan of multiple forms. The Human sticks with the items from Nylabone’s “Powerful Chewers” category. My favorites are the standard, no frill products (no fancy spinner or attachments), which include:

DuraChew Bone – Original (textured design)

DuraChew – Monster Bone

Long Lasting Durable Chew – Original

 

3. Harness Lead

Yes, I am a spokesdog for Harness Lead, but I truly love and believe in this product. Harness Lead has been a wonderful tool for me during my exercise activities of hiking, traveling and swimming. The escape-proof (can’t wriggle free) feature is one of The Human’s favorite aspects. Secondly, I like to swim… in salty ocean water at the beach. So The Human loves that Harness Lead has no spring-loaded metal clips (as on leashes) that can rust or jam up with sand, and become inoperable or broken. It is comfortable around the girth of my body, rather than a collar pulling on my neck (LOVE!!!). It is machine washable and comes in various colors: black, blue, plum, red and pink. And it comes in two lengths, one for small and one for large breeds. I especially like that this product was an idea developed by the owner, an animal shelter volunteer, who was seeking a better solution for walking shelter dogs. The owner has also donated a large number of Harness Leads to animal shelters around the country, free of charge, so that they may benefit the animals residing in their care.  It’s a great product with a strong foundation in animal welfare.

www.HarnessLead.com

Baloo HL RockStream Animal Wellness

4. Tuffie Toys Ultimate Odd Ball  (Tuff Scale 8)

No toy is indestructible. Tuffie Toys makes an entire line of multiply stitched, layered plush toys. For the extreme dogs like myself who like to tear and shake toys to rip out squeakers and stuffing, these last much, much longer. Tuffie Toys are rated on numbered scales for durability and “toughness” against the determination and strength of us dogs (1 being lowest, 10 being highest). There are certain shapes of toys with high ratings that I have managed to kill off more quickly than The Human would like… BUT… the ODD BALL seems to be a formidable opponent. I have had it for several months now and have not yet ripped open a seam. Maybe it’s the shape. I haven’t quite gotten a fang into it to tear it open yet. Mine is red with paw prints, but if you click the link to the site you will see there are other color and pattern print options for your selection. I like to beat the snot out of my Odd Ball regularly. Even if I destroy it at some point, The Human said this will be a repurchase based on its durability and entertainment value.

5. SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Dog Toys (available in various animal shapes)

One day at our local pet store (a Mom and Pop type), The Human brought me inside to check out “the goods.” I’m a bit of a kleptomaniac in pet stores. I like to grab all the toys, especially if they are super fuzzy or squeaky. I especially like to help myself to the open bins of dried sausage treats (but that’s another story). On this particular day we happened upon this dog toy “in buffalo.” As noted in some other brand lines, flatter-shaped toys usually stand a better chance of lasting. Not only was this one mostly flat, but durably stitched and overall looked pretty rugged. We went home with it by my insistence, and now a month later it still lives with no seam tears or punctures. It was also very reasonably priced according to The Human. We happened to grab the buffalo, but other interesting animal shapes are also available. Online we found a squirrel, raccoon, fox, bear and rabbit. SPOT is part of Ethical Products Inc. You can look for them in your local pet stores or by doing a simple online search for this phrase: “SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Buffalo Dog Toy” which brings up multiple vendors of the buffalo and other animals. *OR… here’s a quick link to the Google search for simplicity: SEARCH FOR SPOT

Conclusion

Not all toys and products are for everyone or every dog, but this is a list of some of my super favorite things that work well for me all-around. I hope you found my Fave Finds useful. If you try anything out from the list, let me know how it goes!

***You will notice I did NOT get into favorite treats… I will save treats for another kind of FAVES LIST!!!

#SFF #WOOFRAH!!!

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General Baloo aka The Lanther

Commanding General, Special Food Forces (SFF)

Lanther’s Return to the Giant Driftwood

I had so much fun the last time, that I had to venture out to the beach for another round with the Legendary Giant Driftwood.  It was hidden in a special secret place by my human assistants, so it would be ready for my return.  And it was!!!

The poor tree limb didn’t last beyond this outing though, as it started to break apart (partly at the mercy of my mouth), plus I wouldn’t leave it where the humans hid it at the end of play. But boy was it fun while it lasted!

You can see my ocean swimming skills beginning to really improve in this video.  Do you know I was actually timid of water when I first came face to face with it?  I didn’t even feel comfy swimming in relatively still water, now look at me go! The Lanther at one with the rolling sea!!! Awooo!!!

Crocodile Hunter (Gator Edition)

Crikey!!! Look at that thing!  Don’t try this at home, I am a professional Lanther!

 

Big Brother House

For now, let’s eavesdrop on the houseguests from outside the Big Brother house.

Lanther, camera 05

All is well at the Big Brother House. I am relaxing while waiting for my dinner after a day of playing. A bit hard to get used to being on camera all the time. I wanted to ask that cute French Poodle over for a bowl of water, but I have no privacy! What am I even supposed to do if I need to lick myself somewhere questionable?

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