Top 10 Things I Learned Losing and Finding My Dog – Part 1
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Losing a dog (or a cat.. or any pet for that matter) has got to be one of the WORST experiences of all time.
Due to popular demand, I’ll share with you what I learned:
1. The first 24 hours are extremely critical
Your dog has legs, and yes, it will move.
It’s very simple math.
The more time your dog spends on foot, the more distance it will cover.
If your dog goes beyond the area that it is familiar with, it will NOT have a sense of direction.
For example, my dog Cocoa is extremely, and i do mean extremely, attracted to squirrels. And I live in a neighborhood with plethora of squirrels.
While he was wandering around, I’m certain a couple of these furry guys gave him a good chase… and that further led to his disorientation.
Luckily, I was aware of my dog’s getting lost within first 10 minutes, and took massive action fast.
2. Scared dogs run pretty much in straight line, and rarely turn
I assumed my dog would run in zig zag because he was disoriented, like so:
But it turns out he was making a large U-turn (perhaps to find his way back):
(This is a guess based on the feedback I’ve gotten from random people and where he was found)
3. Posting flyers actually HELP
In this day & age of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and smart phones, you would think that internet postings are way more effective.
Problem is.. even though it might be FASTER and cheaper, it’s like shouting for one quick second into a large, fast moving crowd.
Some care, most don’t.
Flyers on the other hand, tend to have greater attention power than digital media.
So even if you are high tech savvy, please.. take the time to post flyers.
3. Post flyers where people can actually see them
This obviously makes sense, but when you have just lost your dog and your emotions are raging, logic is the LAST thing on your mind.
Posting flyers where you thought you lost your dog is kinda pointless. In fact, what I did was post flyers BEYOND where I thought he would be.
You might be tempted to put flyers on EVERY corner of EVERY block, but that might not be the wisest idea.
Why? You do not have infinite time or infinite resources to be doing that.
(Remember, time is of the essence.)
Where I focused on was places where people were congregating: dog parks, downtowns, cafes, supermarkets, gas stations, and of course, restaurants.
It is extremely unlikely that the person who HAS seen your dog is actually going to see your flyer.
IN fact, the person who saw my flyer wasn’t the person who found my dog: it was her nanny who saw the flyer at a park nearby.
4. To cover maximum ground, talk to people already on the ground.
You might be tempted to everyone and anyone.
But the greater strategy is, talk to people who are already ON the ground.
– moms/nannies who are walking with a baby
and of course..
– people walking dogs or playing with dogs!
Asking them to help is like having multiple copies of you walking around.
So, the lesson is… ASK!
5. Focus on the BUSY streets
Why? This is where
1) the bikers/joggers/walkers are
2) the commercial activity is, including restaurants, cafes, etc.
3) the parks/dogparks are
4) the police or the animal control people most frequent
So how do you know which streets are the busy ones if you’re not too familiar with the area?
Simple. Ask Google maps:
See all those yellow lines? Voila.