REUNION OF THE DAY: Cookie the spoodle from Melbourne VIC Tuesday 12 June 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Cookie

"We want to thank you for helping to reunite us with our beloved Cookie.

The Brimbank Veterinary Clinic contacted us after seeing our Pet Alert to inform us that a good samaritan had dropped Cookie at their place very shortly after he went missing from our house.

We are so thankful to everybody involved.

Here are a few pictures of our reunited family!

Warmest Regards from us all." - Gilbert, Tidi and Tommy

 

 

 

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Prince the Shetland Sheepdog in Perth WA Monday 21 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION OF THE DAY: Prince the Shetland Sheepdog in Perth WA

Shetland Sheep Dog lost found reunited Perth WA

"Prince is like another child to me. We have only been together for 10 months, but he quickly claimed me as his 'mum', and our family have nurtured him from when we first got him at 7 months old. He is a very gentle and special dog, however, is wary of people as it appears that he has suffered some trauma prior to being welcomed into our family.

He went missing in unusual circumstances as I was in a suburb that we were not familiar with (an hour's drive from our home), as I was visiting a friend that day. When I realised he had gone missing I felt sick with anxiety.

I went searching in my car within 10 mins of him being gone, and my friend assisted. We saw him running down a busy road towards another very busy main road, and managed to corner him and he then panicked and ran across the road to the other side and vanished.

We spend until dusk that day searching by car around all the surrounding streets, parks and local bushland and went door knocking to try to find him. I also called all local vets and the pound within 2 hours of his disappearance.

Then later that night I went on all social media platforms with a 'lost' ad, and felt encouraged by the words of support and climbing Facebook coverage, and sharing via 'Lost Pet Finders'. I also checked that Prince's microchip details were current, and informed the Registry that he was lost.

I printed fliers and my friends posted information on their Facebook sites, and other lost animal sites. The following day I went to some petrol stations, stock food places and major shopping centres within a 20 km radius, with the fliers. I found it very encouraging with the positive responses I received.

Within a few hours of driving and searching and distributing the fliers, I received a call from a boy who simply said 'I've found your dog'. The relief from those words was indescribable. I asked him to hold Prince and stay with him until I got there, as he was only a 1 minute drive away.

Prince had exhausted himself from running and was laying down on the verge of his driveway next to his car. When I saw him I was overjoyed, and he had a look of recognition and relief on his face that I won't forget. It turns out that this kind boy had looked at the tag on Prince's collar and had called me from these details.

I was so grateful that he had reunited us, and had also given Prince water to drink, and had stayed with him to ensure he didn't run away. It made me realise how kind and caring people can be, and I was so very grateful for this.

I found the most difficult part of the process was to try to manage the grief and anguish I felt for Prince, and my thoughts about what could happen to him if I didn't find him soon enough. And the helpless feeling of just not knowing where he was or what was happening to him, and imagining the panic and anxiety he must be feeling.

So, I tried to channel all of those sad feelings into absolute determination to do everything possible to find him, as I knew that this was what Prince was depending on. And I wanted to focus on finding him safe, and just bring him home.

I thank everyone who was involved with this journey, and for their support and encouragement, and for helping to increase exposure to improve the chances of finding Prince. It is so lovely to feel that sense of compassion from others.

My heart goes out to the pets and owners who are in the same predicament. Never give up hope, and be relentless in your searching efforts. Although it seems impossible, try to redirect your grief into positive energy and strategies to find your pet as soon as possible.

And most importantly, stay safe in your efforts to do this, and have faith that you will be reunited." - Renee

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REUNION OF THE DAY: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC Thursday 17 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC

Message from Charlie who found this little girl and made the reunion happen:

"The first thing I did upon finding the lost dog was to post A4 letters with photo's in the local milk bars. My son also posted the lost dog on facebook. I also then took the dog to the local vet to scan the microchip but unfortunately the owner did not register the microchip with any company, I did not hand the dog into the vet as I did not want the local council ranger to pick up the dog as I did not want to see the dog put down (pit bull cross).

Then I explored the internet for dog finding services where I found your wonderful site. Within a few hours I received messages from people who saw the dog on Facebook and then eventually the next day the owner rang and I promptly returned her.

Just a great site, thank you and I have sent links to your site to several friends." - Charlie

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Justice the border collie and kelpie cross in Melbourne VIC Monday 14 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION OF THE DAY: Justice the border collie and kelpie cross in Melbourne VIC

border collie kelpie dog lost found reunited Melbourne VIC Australia

"Justice has been found and is resting after her adventure in her new home, getting used to her new family and surroundings. She is completely unharmed physically, she was even dry apart from this mornings few drops, so she had been keeping dry last night clearly.

Her new mum, Melanie, had a call yesterday from a house very close by who got her flyer in the mailbox and recognised Justice from the picture. They had seen her the night before in their back yard, about 9:30pm, but she ran away as soon as she saw them.

So Melanie called me, I came out to Belgrave straight away, with Pete and Jamie(my dogs), and we walked around everywhere, in the rain, until midnight, calling out, searching backyards, knocking on doors... with no sign. But we had hope because there was a sighting less than 24 hours prior within 200 metres of where she ran off!

We had put my jumper and a toy at the front of Melanie’s house, and this morning Melanie’s neighbour called her saying there was a kelpie-looking dog in their front yard, barking, and she should come see if it was Justice. The toy had been taken from the front of the house and dropped 2 houses up where she was hiding in a bush.

It was definitely Justice, but she was still too frightened, was barking if anyone approached, and wouldn’t come to anyone even though she was clearly hungry.

Melanie called me and I immediately came back up to Belgrave with my dogs... I pulled up to the house and calling out to Justice, let Pete and Jamie out... well! As soon as she saw Pete and Jamie she came out joyfully wagging her tail and jumping and licking, basically beside herself with excitement! She didn’t know who to jump on and kiss first, so she went around doing circles between the 3 of us! I even got lots of kisses and paws in the face.

We made the short trip (2 houses away) back to her new home where she’s been eating and sleeping. P&J (the amazing rescue dog search team) and I are hanging around to make her feel comfy in her new home before we leave.

Thank you isn’t enough to say to the people who have been sharing and searching and helping in so many ways. Melanie and I have been humbled by the dog loving community everywhere who have rallied together to help." - Lorelle

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REUNION OF THE DAY: This little Shih Tzu girl from Perth WA Saturday 12 May 2018 @ 13:00

Shih Tzu dog lost found reunited Perth WA Australia

REUNION OF THE DAY: This little Shih Tzu girl from Perth WA

Comments from Helen the lovely caring person who found this little girl:

"It was a combined effort. The dog was found in my street by someone who works in the area but doesn’t live here. She had picked up the dog and was trying to locate the owners. Someone told her that I owned a little white dog so she knocked on my door. I offered to take the dog and look after it as the person who found the dog didn’t live in the area.

I posted the add last night, rang the Vic Park Ranger this morning to ask if any dog fitting the description of the little one I had was reported missing.

The ranger said she had a report and drove to my place to scan her. At the same time that the ranger rang, the woman who had handed the dog over to me rang to say that an advertisement reporting a lost dog in Vic Park had been broadcast on Curtin Radio. It was indeed the missing dog. The ranger arrived, scanned the dog and we waited for the owners to arrive to collect her.

Persistence and networking pays off. The stars did align in this instance and I’m so glad the family has been reunited."

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chilli and Lotti the staffies from Mount Barker SA Thursday 03 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chilli and Lotti the staffies from Mount Barker SA

"Lotti is a bouncy pup from my girl ‘Chilli’s’ 3rd litter. She is 3 months old and a darling! So is her mum!

My dear son left the gate open Saturday late afternoon when he came home from soccer...Chilli and Lotti thought they’d go exploring.

When I went to feed them that night I realised they were gone. We were all devastated and spent until 3am driving around the neighbourhood calling for them...sorry neighbours! Didn’t sleep much after that.

Then come first light I went out again with no success. I had to go to the shops for a few things and left my phone home. I arrived home and my son came out with good news. The council had bought them back while I was out.

The lesson from this is to have your contact details on their collar and never take your dogs collar off!

I have excellent tags with my details however this was useless as it was not on her. (My 6year old had taken it off) .Family talk happening with stricter rules! Anyhow here they are home again....." - Rachel

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Charli the Shih Tzu dog lost in Brisbane QLD Wednesday 02 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Charli the Shih Tzu dog lost in Brisbane QLD

"I was told by the vet that a man saved her from getting run over on a major road where we live and took her to the vet clinic the same day she went missing.

The vet then kept her at the clinic over the w'end, he was going to drop her off at the local pound on Mon but he saw my "Lost dog" sign that I placed in the vet door Sat arvo after I finished work (they had already closed for the day) and rang me Sun morning.

I asked if the man left his details but he hadn't so offered the vet to reimburse him the cost of keeping Charli warm and safe but he wouldn't accept anything though he did ask that I book her in to be chipped, which I'll be doing next week!!" - Jodie

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC Saturday 28 April 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Umbra the lost husky from Geelong VIC

"I got Umbra when he was 10 weeks old. Having just moved towns and into my own home with my partner and his Kelpie, we slowly realised that she would be happy with a companion whilst we were at work.

I thought for a while on getting a husky and saw umbra's picture online; he was the most beautiful pup and he was the last one left! After a few days, I got the go-ahead from the breeder stating I could come meet him and put a deposit on him.

A few days later I picked him up and our adventures began!

Our Kelpie, Frejha, loved him immediately. Her actions were almost motherly; checking up on him all the time and always wanting to be near him. Everyone loved him.

Leaving for work every day, I had faith that they would entertain each other and everything would be fine until that horrible Thursday afternoon when my partner got home and found he was missing. That night was the worst night of my life.

We alerted the breeder and went about checking neighbours yards - to no avail. I spent most of the night awake; going outside to call him and shake his bowl of food. He didn't return though.

We made Facebook posts and I entered him as lost into Lost Pet Finders. We alerted vets and rescues and shelters as well as the council; providing them with his microchip number, name, breed and our contact details.

Every day we were calling and visiting shelters to see if he had come in.

We made flyers and door knocked and checked the CCTV on our neighbours property; nothing.

After a few days, we assumed someone had him and the fear and worry set in. None of us could get decent sleep. Are thoughts were filled with nothing but Umbra. Frejha physically cried and did nothing but sleep and that broke my heart.

A week and a day later we received a tip-off of where he was at.

I called my partner and breeder and after an hour and a half of waiting to speak to the people who had him; they confessed and handed him over. We are so fortunate that they looked after him even though they had done the wrong thing.

All I hoped for whilst he was gone - was that he was warm, safe and fed. And he was.

There were no ill-feelings toward the family that kept him. And the night ended peacefully. With Umbra back home, we are finally a happy family again and he has not left my side.

I want to personally thank each and every one of the people that sent kind words, shared our post, offered to help hand out flyers and liking the post. Umbra's return couldn't have been possible without the persistence and effort all of you put into informing everyone.

I honestly never thought I would see him again so soon. Thank you all!

If you are missing a pup; I urge you to never ever give up. They are out there waiting for you! Kindest and thankful regards" - Kayla, Joel, Frejha and Umbra xo

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chewie the moodle dog from Melbourne VIC Wednesday 25 April 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chewie

"Chewie, our golden MOODLE came into our lives eight years ago. He arrived via airfreight from Country Puppies in Bathurst. He was a bundle of fluff when we first saw him and we could really see his eyes through all the hair, so my son named him Chubacka. As he settled into Melbourne life and his new home, he discovered his love for chewing, especially any unsuspecting socks left lying about. So his name was shortened to Chewie.

Chewie is at the heart of our family, along with our cat Lucky, who is Chewie’s best friend, and often comes on family holidays never far from under our feet. On our evening walks both Chewie and Lucky come together. For the last couple of weeks, I have been staying at my sister’s house looking after my elderly mother. Naturally, Chewie came with me and until yesterday he had been enjoying his new environs and new neighbourhood smells. Yesterday, while I was at the hospital with mum Chewie, managed to find an escape from the backyard and when I came home excited to see him he was nowhere to be seen.

Initially, I couldn’t believe he had gotten out. I walked around the neighbourhood calling him for an hour or so and then further afield in the car but to no avail. I spoke to neighbours and the Postman who recalled seeing him out on the street that morning but nothing. At some stage, I had a cry.

Not knowing where to start I simply googled ”find my pet” and came across Lost Pet Finders. I thought it could be just another online rort but being desperate I signed up, paid for a Pet Alert and logged Chewie’s details. I found the site very helpful as it went through a checklist of what to do. I promptly got an email back welcoming me to the service informing me there were 142 people within a 1.8 km radius who were registered with their service so I was hopeful.

I rang the local Vets, Lost Dogs Home etc but nothing. I made up some cute flyers and blitzed the neighbourhood by that time it was dark so I decided to retire for the evening. Later in the evening one of my sons rang me from home to let me know someone from the Glen Eira Council had left a message telling us that Chewie had been found.

First thing this morning I jumped in the car and was off to the Council Offices who informed me he had been taken to the RSPCA. Two hours later Chewie was back in my arms as gorgeous as ever.

When I got back to my sister’s I had 8 messages from LostPetFinders. One was from an angel called Elizabeth who wrote saying she had found Chewie on the way home and taken him to the nearest VET.

Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. Thank you to LostPetFinders and everyone in the local neighbourhood who was so supportive. The postman stopped by this morning to see if Chewie had been found. And I was so happy to be able to tell him YES." - Kerry

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Ciccio the fox terrier from Sydney NSW Tuesday 24 April 2018 @ 00:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Ciccio

"The best piece of advice I can give is to be extremely active in searching for your lost pet.

Definitely, do NOT sit at home and wait for a phone call. Multiple posts on Facebook and other platforms of social media help. There are usually gardeners, property maintenance people and rangers in areas near new suburbs so make sure the owners of the lost pets go around and email/text photos of their lost pet and their contact details.

As well as this, contact Blacktown and Hawkesbury pounds and ensure they haven’t yet received your dog. I think these are the only pounds in Sydney.

And of course, use Lost Pet Finders. I extremely loved your services because you made me feel supported throughout this whole process which calmed me down. When calm, people can think clearer. But if the organisation was rude and very distant with their assistance, I would’ve stressed out more and probably would’ve given up hope.

Lost Pet Finders encouraged me to keep looking even when I thought I had given up! Thank you so so much!" - Jess

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Scaredy Pups: Getting Along with Kids Wednesday 11 April 2018 @ 08:46

adorable, blur, childAs part of our series on dealing with dogs who suffer from phobias, our last post discussed how you might go about helping your dog with their fear of other dogs. This is a real issue for some dogs and their owners, who might have uncomfortable run-ins with other dogs on a daily basis. Other fears your dog might struggle with can include:

We plan on covering all of these fears over the course of the series, but for now we’re going to talk about what you might do if your dog is afraid of children.

We all know and love those photographs of children playing and cuddling with their favourite doggy companions. There are thousands of these photos, and hundreds of films and books imagining what these playful pairs might get up to. You may be surprised or disappointed, then, to hear that dogs who are afraid of children aren’t all that uncommon.

A dog’s fear of children makes sense when you think about how they tend to communicate with the world around them. Dogs can’t use words like humans can, so they communicate through sounds and body language. A dog who is used to living with adult humans will be accustomed to the sounds and movements they make. Children speak in a higher pitch to adults. Their steps are unsteady and faster. Their movements can be jerky and unexpected. It’s entirely possible that a child might hurt a dog by accident, or even fall and land on them. When compared to an adult, children and babies could very well appear to be part of a different species entirely.

What might be even more upsetting for a dog is that the presence of a child can also alter the behaviour of the adults around them, making even the most trusted human suddenly unreliable.

How can I tell if my dog’s afraid of children?

Photo of a Girl Playing with the Dog

Indicators that your child is afraid of children are much the same as those exhibited with any fear. The signs below are indicative of extreme stress and your dog should be removed from the stressful situation if they are exhibiting these signs around children. The behaviours a scared dog might show around children can include…

… attempting to hide or escape;
… shutting down or going stiff when children are nearby;
… showing teeth (lip-lifting) and snarling;
… biting or nipping (especially when trapped);
… lunging or yapping;
… lowering of head, increased eye contact;
… shaking, rolling over or recoiling.

In some cases, these behaviours can be fairly subtle so if you think your dog might be afraid of children, watch them carefully!

How can I help my dog recover from their fear of children?

MaidenIf your dog’s fear is of children who visit your home, you need to manage this situation. Begin by identifying an area in your house where your dog can go and where you can prevent children from entering. For example, you may have a room where you can close the door, or set up a baby gate. Make sure children are supervised at all times, as you can’t always trust kids not to open a door or try to touch something through a gate.

Begin training by having children you can trust to behave calmly walk past at a safe distance from your dog while providing your dog’s favourite treats. Your dog should be kept on a leash for safety, but should eventually come to associate the presence of children with good things.

If your dog’s fear is an issue when children are present outside the home, try avoiding parks and schools where kids might be playing.

Always keep socialization fun!

Closeup Photo of Scottish Terrier and Adult Short-coated White and Tan DogAs we’ve mentioned in many of our Phobia Series posts, flooding isn’t generally the best technique when it comes to training your dog out of fearing something. If you want your pup to enjoy something, you need to make sure their experiences of that thing are relaxed and enjoyable. Make sure your dog knows that you appreciate it when they gently check a child out, but don’t force them to do this until all parties are ready.

For example, if their fear of children causes them to act timidly, you can help your dog by getting some quiet, calm children to just sit quietly and spend time making sure your pup is happy and safe. Socializing your dog doesn’t need to involve throwing them in at the deep end with a crowd of noisy kids. Don’t exhaust your dog by forcing them to process sounds and sensations that are scary.

Start by introducing children one at a time, not all at once.

Are your kids animal-friendly?

Long-coated Brown and Black Dog on Focus PhotoIn some cases, the issue might not be with your dog at all. It could be the children who are the issue. It can be pretty difficult to find children who are actually good with animals, especially when they’re very young. Animal-handling skills aren’t generally something that comes naturally to a kid. It’s something that has to be learned, so they won’t always get it right the first time.

Relatively few children will happily sit still, watch another child pet a dog without getting jealous and piling in, stay calm and respectful, pay attention to where a dog actually likes to be pet or take care to pet gently. If your kid isn’t instantly perfect at handling a dog, try learning what works together. This can be a great bonding opportunity for you, your child and your dog.

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Katie the dog from Sydney NSW Saturday 07 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNITED OF THE DAY: Katielost dog found reunited sydney nsw australia

"I received a call from a home owner saying they found her on their front verandah this morning. They think she might have been there for at least a few hours because their own dogs were barking.

She was found 3 streets away from the last confirmed siting. She was the end of a road that ended in a cauldersac. I think she just stopped from exhaustion. She was a dog that only manages walks of 500m but had traveled 2 km so was further away than I thought she would be.

We do know she had backtracked but from where from I don't know. It was her dog collar with her details that enabled the person to contact me. I had her home address and telephone number; my mobile number and The NRMA membership dog tag on two dog tags. She also was microchipped and registered with the local council.

Things I realised throughout the ordeal:

- I had previously pre-registered her details into a lost pet site in case she disappear but at the time couldn't remember the site name. Will now have it close by.

- I didn't have a good photo of her handy for inserting into lost pet sites. Time was lost looking for one.

- She was being minded by my sister in another suburb so was in unfamiliar teritory when she got out. This made her less predictable.

- She had been displaying signs of anxiety before the escape. I chose to continue my holiday instead of attending to it.

- The lost pet sites for your local area are invaluable. Once it's more than a search beyond a street or two bring them in. They can transmit your pet's details quickly and widely to others and the more eyes the better.They also had search suggestions I hadn't considered.

- The lost pet sites are also vital for recording sitings by people. Without sitings there is too much area to search and valuable time is lost. This would be the most important part of a search - being able to receive input by others in real time.

- I was flawed by the number of people on the net who were willing to help. There's an army of fellow pet lovers out there who are willing to help and want nothing more in return than to see you reunited with your pet.

-Having support from other pet lovers helped me psychologically. Knowing many people were looking made it easier to bear.

-Even though my dog's location was rung through via her dog collar tag, using an internet lost pet site was still invaluable. It was the sitings that told me where to look and it was the platform that enabled me to receive that information.

In my opinion internet lost pet sites provide a crucial role in lost pet searching." - Jenny

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Cadbury the dog from Caboolture, Moreton Bay QLD Friday 06 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: missing dog found Caboolture QLD AustraliaCadbury from Caboolture, Moreton Bay QLD

"I had called the Vet’s office yesterday to report Cadbury missing and they got my details and with my consent passed it onto the Council. I received a call from the Council after hours service Officer this morning to confirm that she had retrieved Cadbury from a house two streets away.

Cadbury had wandered 360 metres and dug under their fence and into their backyard. They were wonderful people who have two dogs of their own. They fed him and gave him water and kept him overnight.

They called the Council this morning and reported the incident and Council got in touch with us after matching our description that was provided to them by the Vet’s office and Cadbury’s microchip.

We are so grateful for all the assistance that we received from you guys and members of the public who were very encouraging on the Facebook site. We particularly want to thank the family that housed him and fed him overnight. It was a very anxious night for us.

Having been reunited with Cadbury, it’s the best Easter for us, ever!" - Vinod and Gina

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