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An Apology plus a Brag...
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My apology to Subscribers…
I owe an apology to some of you new subscribers. I found out last night that several of you may have felt forced to subscribe to my Substack in order to obtain lost pet recovery assistance. Let me explain. A few days ago on my website for the Missing Animal Response (MAR) Network, I placed a new signup form that linked here to my Substack. It seemed like a great way to recruit new subscribers. WRONG! Apparently, it was an aggressive popup that made desperate pet owners who came to my MARN site for lost pet recovery help to feel like they HAD to sign up for my Substack emails in order to receive help. That’s just creepy, was NOT my intent, and I am SO sorry! You have my permission to UNSUBSCRIBE if you’re receiving these emails because of that. That obnoxious landing page, popup, or whatever its called has since been REMOVED from the MARN site!
And now for my brag!
One of our MAR K9 handlers, Balynda Brown, from Raleigh, North Carolina and her search dog Bravo, a rat terrier trained to track the scent trail of lost dogs, just solved a lost dog case. I am able to “brag” because Balynda and Bravo are one of the few MAR K9 teams who diligently trained through my MAR K9 training program and they’ve seen great successes because of it.
Balynda posted a story on Facebook of a recovery that she helped facilitate when she used Bravo to track a lost dog named Lulu the other day. She included a map and a mini legend that explains that map. I pasted the photos, the map, and Balynda’s detailed explanation of the case (with her permission, of course) below.
BRAVO K911: WELCOME HOME LULU ! Missing 8 Days !!!
WOW WOW WOW !! Home within 24 hours of tracking and after 8 days of NO sightings … and right where K9 Bravo said she was !!!!
Heather and husband, Brian, had Bravo K911 in after they had had no sightings of little 1.5 year old Lulu in 7 days. She was seen running away from the yard by Brian and later that day by a neighbor running down the side of a busy road right in front of their homes.
Bravo and I responded and started at the last sighting (the black line on map below) where she was last seen running down the road. She had not been seen again for the last 7 days. Bravo did not have any scent leading down the road though, but Lulu’s scent went down the neighbors driveway. This was the same neighbor that saw Lulu running down the road.
BRAVO, MAR Search Dog is trained to follow the freshest scent. So Lulu must have turned around and come back at some point. Bravo found Lulu’s scent all up and down the dirt and grass path between the 2 neighbors homes. Not only that, he also identified at least 3 places where Lulu was likely sleeping and found 2 separate fresh poops. These were poops that did not match anything else on that farm. My conclusion from Bravo’s scent work was that LuLu was on this neighbor’s land and just hiding out.
We ran into the other neighbor at the end of the road where the poop was and where Bravo indicated that the scent had stopped. He said that he had been looking for Lulu everyday day for 1 week. My parting words were, “Please check your Security cameras and Ring Doorbell because Lulu is around here and may likely show up at night on your camera!”
Well guess what? I just got the most amazing text that said, ”WE HAVE LULU!!! As it turns out, the man that I talked to called Lulu’s owner saying that Lulu had just walked by their Ring Doorbell! His teenage daughter went to try and find Lulu and found the panicked dog running laps around the house! Thankfully, Lulu came to the daughter and SHE WAS SAFE!!! Great job on this one Bravo! Love you buddy! Thank you to this family for bringing us onto this case and putting their trust in Bravo K911. You guys did an amazing job and had some amazing neighbors working with you!
1 = Home (escape point)
2= Location Lulu was last seen by owner (running away)
Green X = Where I started Bravo
Red X = Where Bravo indicated the scent ended
Yellow = House where Lulu was found
Purple = LULU’s scent trail that Bravo followed
Black line = Location Lulu was last seen (7 days prior) by witness running down the road
Final Word from Kat
Notice how Balynda started Bravo at the location of the last sighting, the green “X” and probably expected that Bravo would have followed the black arrow in the direction Lulu was last seen running. Instead, Bravo picked up the scent (the purple line) in a different direction and led Balynda to the area where Lulu was hanging out and ultimately recovered. THIS is the benefit of using search dogs to track the scent of lost dogs, and it is one of my missions in my Substack to share these types of stories!
I hope that you enjoy learning more about the amazing world of lost pet recovery, pet detectives, and lost pet behaviors. If you would, PLEASE share my Substack stories with other pet lovers (and mystery lovers) that you know. Since I no longer have an obnoxious popup page to recruit new subscribers, I can use all of the help that I can get in recruiting new readers. Thank you!
Kat & Dogs