|My sister and her beloved Keli|
at a Dog Show
|This is the sign that I made for my car window|
April 8, 2014 update:
Sorry to report that we are still looking for Keli. Tomorrow is my sister's day off from work so I've promised her that I would spend the morning helping her in her Keli search.
This has been a relentless search that has included the typical search that includes posters, flyers (offering a reward) and continually checking the 4 local animal shelters in our area ... hours of walking and driving, going to the local animal hospitals, dog parks, local schools, and parks ... checking not just once but multiple times over this past month. My sister has posted on Facebook, Craig's List and a friend even put out an "Amber alert" for her. We follow up every lead of a possible Keli sighting. The not so typical has been enlisting the help of different "Animal Communicators"(some who are surprisingly accurate) and more than one search by my sister's friend with her dog who are both trained in Search and Rescue. My sister has also been blessed by new friends that have contributed many hours of searching (day and night) and even financial help. Even a former Navy Seal with his dog has helped in the search. I am amazed! I have found that Dog Lovers ... especially those actively involved in different Dog Rescue Organizations have unbelievable compassion and do not hesitate to become actively involved in rescuing an animal.
With the help of many of those mentioned above AND the advice from a professional Animal Tracker" we have narrowed our search closer to home ... a deserted nursery. Unfortunately coyotes reside in that nursery and it is overgrown and rather dangerous. My sister has managed to set up some wildlife cameras in areas where we actually found some of Keli's hair (yes, she definitely WAS in there at one time). Before we can go to the ASPCA to enlist their help in trapping Keli we need photos to prove that she is actually still hiding in the nursery (since it is private property). But just in case Keli is NOT in the nursery we are still handing out flyers, going to local schools, and putting up banners.
Wish us luck ... this is the deserted nursery, it is overgrown wilderness in the suburbs... there are hundreds of hiding places for Keli ... and coyotes. (oh, and before you ask ... the answer is NO ... Keli will not come when called even though she is a highly trained dog. Keli's personality is that she is afraid of people, noise, and other animals ... and it is not unusual that this type of dog would prefer to hide rather to show itself to even it's beloved owner).
Still no signs of Keli in the nursery on the wildlife cameras ... just coyotes, squirrels, cats and other small wildlife.
I forgot to mention earlier that right after Keli went missing that I put TAGG (GPS system) Pet Tracker on my own two dogs. We found out the hard way that even though Keli was wearing a collar and was microchipped ... if you can't find her those two things are worthless. With the Tagg attached to their collars you always know where your dogs are (on an earth map) ... plus you get a bonus that it also measures each dogs activity level during the day. Yeah, you can see how lazy your dogs really are. Actually I was so embarrassed at their low activity level that I'm trying to take them for more walks or to the dog park more often (so that's good for my exercise level too).
The Taggs are around $100 each and $7 monthly membership ($1 more for each additional dog). After not being able to find Keli this expense is totally worth it to me because I never want to go though this experience again of losing a dog. You can check them out at www.tagg.com or www.taggthepettracker.com
This is what they look like on my dogs: