How to Find Your Lost Dog or Cat – and Prevent them From Getting Lost in the First Place

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How to Find Your Lost Dog or Cat – and Prevent them From Getting Lost in the First Place

Don’t Lose Your Dog! Keep them safe at home. Nothing is scarier than losing your own dog or cat, if you have ever lost your pet – you know how terrifying that is.

My own dog Buckwheat ran away twice, and I was so blessed that we were re-united. But because it was so horrible I did as much research as I could to how to find lost pets, and hopefully prevent the problem to begin with. I can’t guarantee that you will never lose your pet, but I think I can make it much less likely. And an ounce of prevention is even better than a whole bucket of cure when it comes to your pet.

More Dogs and Cats Run Away on the Fourth of July than Any other Day

When Buckwheat ran away on the Fourth of July, he had not left my sight for two days prior – except when he tried to hide behind the toilet, knocking anything else to the side.

A lot of dogs howl.

Dogs will often be restless, scared and just plain annoying around the Fourth of July.

Bear with them – they are reacting like we would if we thought our homes were threatened.

The Fourth of July – followed by New Year’s – is the biggest day of the year to lose a pet.

Dogs and cats get terrified by the fireworks and run away on the Fourth of July more frequently than any other day. Watch your pets like hawks during this time!

These Aids Can Help you Find your Dog Be Safe

Finding a dog -or locating your grandmother who wanders because she has Alzheimer’s disease is not a nice to do it is a need to do. Therefore the development of GPS tracking devices that you clip onto loved ones has been a godsend.

Besides the GPS items – be sure that your dogs just have tags.

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How to Prevent Losing Your Dog

How to Find Your Dog or Cat

Call out his name!
Tell the neighbors!
Put fliers everywhere you can!
Check out all the shelters!
Check out the websites that I have provided for you – put up a lost dog posting with a picture.
Don’t despair – dogs return after many years.

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

Buckwheat had two guardian angels, both times he ran away human intervention brought him back to me. The first time he was saved by a mother and her son who took him into their house. The little boy cried when I came to pick up Buckwheat. :(

The second time, some kind person slipped him into the night slot at our local Humane Society.

We all need angels.

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs [Large Print] [Hardcover]The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Look for Your Lost Animal at the Shelter First

For some reason people hesitate to take dogs to shelters – yet that is where are most likely to find your dog if he or she is lost. While I was looking for Buckwheat I went to the shelter everyday – dedicated volunteers helped me look through the books to try to locate him, and they gave me fliers to put up!

You need the shelters! I saw many dogs re-united with their owners during my time away from Buckwheat.

You do no one any favors by keeping a lost dog or cat in your home.

Photo is of Best Friend’s Sanctuary in Utah – one of the premier no-kill sanctuaries.

How to Find Your Dog if You Do Lose Him

A Chained Dog is Not a Safe Dog

Keep Your Dog Safely Inside the House

I cringe when I remember at one point I chained Buckwheat in an attempt to keep him contained. But we did.

A little back story: when we rented our first house there was a large dog house in a penned off area and that was separated by a fence. We thought that surely that would contain him. But he had a few jaunts around the neighborhood before his first big escape. I took him to work with me and left him in the car for a while until someone convinced me that it was cruel.

I had country roots – “dogs don’t belong in the house.”

The first time Buckwheat ran away for a big escape he was chained. A neighbor suggested to me that I chain him so I could be sure of where he was when I went to work. One night I chained him to make sure he stayed put.

Someone let him lose.

These days he stays in the house, and I would not chain him again. Ever. I am shocked that I ever did this foolish action.

I would never tie a dog up again.

And you know it has worked out with him in the house. He became house-trained and we really don’t have much to worry about.

Later we were able to move to an area with a more secure fence so that he could go outside when we saw him and he was more secure.

Always Have the ID Collar on Your Dog – Consider Getting them Chipped

Keep a collar with your dogs ID on it all the time – even when it sleeps.

Buckwheat had identifying collars that he was not wearing both times he ran away.

Consider getting your dog chipped – tracing the chips is how we found out that Buckwheat was at the shelter.

Check at the Local Animal Shelter Immediately for your Pet

And if you Find a Pet – Take the Dog there Too

For some reason people hesitate to take dogs to shelters – yet that is where are most likely to find your dog if he or she is lost. While I was looking for Buckwheat I went to the shelter everyday – dedicated volunteers helped me look through the books to try to locate him, and they gave me fliers to put up!

You need the shelters! I saw many dogs re-united with their owners during my time away from Buckwheat.

You do no one any favors by keeping a lost dog in your home.

Losing Your Dog or Cat is a Tragedy – and I hope I can help you Prevent it

If you do Lose Your Animal – I Hope this Helps you find them

You can lose your pet any day of the year, and I hope that this helps you find them if that happens.


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Gypzeerose

Gypzeerose - aka Rose Jones - is a Mom, nerdy, fun loving traveller through life, currently living in the East Bay in the San Francisco Area.

She loves to write and blog, and has aspirations towards fiction.

She can be found ferociously packing boxes and packages as an eBay seller at http://stores.ebay.com/Gypzeeroses-Bargains-and-Treasures

In her spare time she is a nurse. :)

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