George got out yesterday. Came home to Angelica, on his own, five hours later. The in-between was hellacious. An agony known all too well by too many. Even when your dog is microchipped, there's no stopping panic.
Five hours is made up of 300 minutes so it's inaccurate to say there was a teaching moment but the experience in it's entirety was a crash course in what to do when your kid-with-a-tail disappears and a reminder of proven methods to track down a lost dog. Microchips and tags should be mandatory for all dogs but a timid, people-shy guy like George makes the odds of catching and checking that info slim to none.
* Family, Friends & Flyers - get out there right away, delegate someone to work the computer/phones
* Multi-task Mission - search & flyer at the same time, fan out from immediate area to a 3-mile radius
* Mobilize - Facebook, Twitter, email your flyer w/links to posts. social media's the only thing that can move faster than your dog
* Other Sources - list on as many lost dog websites as possible. OliverAlert.com & Akekee.com are free. check lost & found ads on Craigslist and post one of your own. LostMyDoggie.com will call/flyer/send postcards
* Make your car a moving billboard using dayglo color poster board
* Sightings - when people call you get their name & phone number, have a piece of paper and write everything down because later you won't remember their answers to your questions
* Someone's Closing In On Your Darling - move slow, calm, lure with food and gentle coaxing, do not chase; sudden grab's a last resort