Lost Dog! Please share!

Hi all! Usually I would do Friday’s Facts today, but I feel like I should help spread the word instead, about a lost dog.

Meet Mac:

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Mac had just been adopted from PetSmart and was going home with his new owner, when he slipped out of his collar and ran.

Here are a few details about him, from his foster mom:

“Mac is not quite 2 years old, friendly but shy, gentle and hardly ever barks.  Likes to play with people and other dogs.  Knows basic obedience commands like sit, heel, down.  Loves dog treats, we call them cookies as in “cookie time”.  He knows the word dinner as in “dinner time”.  He knows how to “kennel up” to get in his kennel (because it is usually followed by a cookie!).  He also knows sign language for “sit” and “stay”.   He is a sponge when it comes to learning.  Very smart boy!”

Have you seen me??

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Mac has been spotted around town, but it seems that he has yet to be caught or returned. He is probably very scared, and a little shy. So if you see him, please do your best to follow from a safe distance, and call someone (see contact info below)! Be cautious & gentle! Local vets & shelters have been notified of the missing pup, and there are signs posted around town. He is believed to be in the Hermitage/Capital Cir/Killearn areas.

Please help this boy be returned to his new owners. If you are, or know anyone, in the Tallahassee area, please share the link to this post. You never know who might see him!

Let’s help get Mac home!!

Tallahassee, FL

Reward!!

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If you or anyone you know, has seen Mac, please take note of the location & call:

PetSmart-(850) 297-1500

Leon County Animal Shelter-(850) 224-9193

Capital Circle Vet’s office-(850) 877-1149

Erin VanSickle-(850) 339-3184

If you ever have a lost dog, check out my past post here, on things you can do!

Where has the kindness gone?

So, yesterday I saw two things that baffled me, and I thought I would share. One is dog related, the other is not.

Non-dog related story:

Yesterday I was sitting at a busy intersection, and someone’s car broke down right in the middle of it. Within seconds, the person behind me was beeping and throwing his hands in the air, not taking one second to realize that NO CARS were moving and obviously something must be wrong! The dad gets his young son to run around & hop in the driver seat to steer, while he begins to push the jeep, up a hill, with TONS of traffic staring at him. Maybe 10 feet away is an adult male. He chose to stand there and watch, instead of helping. Then there were 4 younger males (maybe 14 yr old) waiting to cross the street. One of them ran across, and mouthed something like “Can I help you?” That young man proceeded to help push the car into a nearby parking lot, while his 3 friends continued to walk across the street, literally walking around the car to pass by the parking lot, without helping. I was so glad that I was up front & center to see this, and that my own 6 yr old son was with me. You can bet I took the opportunity to explain the difference b/t the boy that helped, and the other 4 people, including an adult, that ignored the situation. Jayden, being 6 years old, said that he would be too worried about finding his way home and how would he know if it was a bad stranger. I explained, in the best way that I could, that sometimes you have to have faith, and just be kind. I don’t know who I was more baffled by. The adult that just stood there, or the 3 boys that watched their friend help.

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Dog-Related Story:

Jayden and I got home last night, around 7:30pm. It was dark out, and my neighborhood doesn’t have much lighting. As we get out of the car, a miniature pinscher runs up to us. He has no collar on, and there is no one in sight. As we are saying hello to him, I see someone about 5 or so houses down, at their car. I shout down the road to ask “Is this your dog?” She says, “Yeah.”…and continues to walk in to her house. What the?! So as Jayden and I are walking in to our house, the dog is following us. He stopped to smell something, and we popped inside. Then I had to take Sassy outside on a leash, because she was just spayed that morning. We walk out the door, and there is the min pin, still hanging out in my yard. As I am letting the dogs say hello, I see the girl driving in her car from the end of my road back to her house. I assume she was looking for the dog..although, her windows were up, and she was driving rather fast (hello, your tiny dog is black, running loose, and it’s dark out!). So I continue to walk Sassy around my front yard, with the other pup following us around. I look down the road, and see this girl get out of her car, look down towards me, and walk away. She doesn’t call his name, doesn’t ask if I can still see him, and doesn’t apologize that her dog is in my yard, nothing! Not to mention, she is lucky that Sassy is nice. What if she tried to attack the dog?! He’s in MY yard! She finally made some sound with a water bottle or something, and the dog went running. Again, she said nothing to me. Isn’t it the neighborly thing to do, to at least say “Oh yes, sorry, that is my dog” and then at least ATTEMPT to call him out of my yard?! I am a dog person (and obviously so is my child, since he insisted “we bring the dog inside and take care of him like he deserves”), but there are plenty of people that are not. There are plenty of children that don’t like dogs.

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What has happened to this world? Why do we only show kindess or respect for others during horrific tragedies? What happened to treating others as you want to be treated, on an every day basis? I am by NO means perfect. I can’t say that I’ve never yelled in traffic, or that I haven’t had a dog run off around the neighborhood. But, I try to always use my manners, show respect for others, and I try to treat others as I want to be treated. I tried to explain karma to Jayden, saying that if we were broke down, how we would really need help because I am not strong enough to push a car. So, you offer to help because you are a good, kind person, and knowing that one day, you will need someone to step up for you. It’s a shame that these days we think it is such a big deal when someone shows a simple act of kindness, like holding a door open, offering to help a person in need, etc. Shouldn’t it be the other way, being a big deal when someone is rude or impolite? Maybe one day this will change. Until then, I will challenge myself to be kinder, more respectful, and to be the best role model for my little boy, who I hope will grow to be a man with a great respect and appreciation for all living things.

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Friday’s Facts: Finding a lost pet!

Due to social media, word gets spread very quickly these days. I hear and see so many posts about lost dogs. I have also had a bit of experience in this, thanks to Basti (click here to read about him)! So, I thought I would do some facts about what to do in case your dog goes missing.

#1-Start searching immediately! Don’t assume that your dog will come back on his/her own. There are many interesting, distracting things out there in the world for your dog to inspect. You never know what danger they may run into during their wandering.

#2-Bring your dog’s favorite, nosiest toy, and squeak squeak squeak away! This may help get your dog’s attention!

#3-If possible, ask a friend/family member to stay back at the house, and start making calls. Local shelters and your vet’s office should be contacted right away. You should also call animal control, in case someone calls in a lost/stray dog. Be sure to let them know if your dog is timid, scared of men, etc. Also, have your friend start social networking! Post on facebook, local rescues or shelters that have pages, etc. This may be your best bet, especially the longer your dog is gone. Share the news far & wide!

#4-If you reach the 24 hr mark, and your dog is still missing, start making flyers to post around town. Get the word out! Dogs can travel remarkably far in a very short time. Be sure to list correct phone numbers and specific information re: your dog. A color photo would be a good idea. Also, if you can swing it, an offered reward is always good incentive for people to look out for you pup!

#5-Look on Craigslist! This sort of goes along with the social networking, but it’s important. Craigslist has a specific section for lost & found animals. Sometimes the poster includes detailed info and pictures, but sometimes it is very vague. It doesn’t hurt to call or email to see if the found dog is yours!

#6-Keep your hopes up and stay positive! Dogs are amazingly resilient. Even if they are spoiled, inside pups, they are also strong and smart. They will do their best to find a warm hiding place, food, water, etc. until you find them!

Two proactive tips to protect your pet:

#1-Get your dog microchipped. Many rescues and shelters are already doing this for you prior to adopting one of their dogs. If your dog is brought to a shelter or vet, this is the first thing they will check for.

#2-Make sure your pup has current tags. Have more than one phone number listed on the tags, and make sure whoever you listed is aware that they are an emergency contact for your furry child!

Lastly, if you have made the choice to adopt/buy a dog, do the right thing for them. Have a collar with tags on at all times, make sure your fencing is stable and safe. If they do get out (and it happens to the best, most responsible pet owners), do whatever it takes to find them. Do not sit back and wait for your dog to come back, or for someone else to find them. Shelters are full, and dogs are put to sleep ALL the time. Don’t let your family pet become one of them!

(Read more about committing to our pets, in my friend’s blog here!)

That’s all for now! If you have any tips or tricks, feel free to share! Happy Friday! 🙂