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Go cyber in search for lost pets

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on Dec. 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm with No Comments »
December 2, 2008 2:41 pm

I had a call Monday from Anne Albert and Vicki Sandvig, two friends who are searching for Vicki’s lost whippet, Reiner.


Lost pet stories are always sad, and so common that we can’t write about most of them. But this one has a twist: Albert and Sandvig are using cyber-tools to look for Reiner.


You can read about it in Wednesday’s column, I can only jam so much into 650 words, so here’s a bit more of the story.


Whippets are sight hounds, and Reiner took off after a rabbit on Oct. 30. The friends have tried all the traditional ways to look for a lost pet. And I do mean ALL the ways: Calling neighbors, putting posters in stores, schools, churches, public buildings, veterinary clinics, giving fliers to bus drivers, delivery folks, meter readers, and buying ads. And there’s a $1,000 reward.


Anne’s a member of an on-line group of Italian greyhound fans. When she e-mailed them for tips for the search, they sent her a list.


Here’s what Anne has to say about the Web help:



Here is a partial list of websites I have used:



www.findtoto.com (the service that calls neighbors for a fee)



http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9AmberAlert/ (Yahoo group for posting lost and found pets)



http://www.pets911.com/lost-and-found-pets/ (another posting site)



http://www.petfinder.com/



http://findfido.com/FrameIt.asp?GoTo=Search.html



http://missingpet.net/



http://thehumanesociety.org/



I have also used “breed clubs” (i.e. www.Iggyplanet.com and http://forum.greytalk.com/) to guide and mentor me. The breed groups are very connected and supportive, with lots of great advice and suggestions. The guidance from these communities gave me a road map to work from and help Vicki with-otherwise I would have been limited to posting flyers and newspaper ads.


Vicki and Anne had another fresh perspective. They had a list of things it’s best not to share with a bereft owner search for a beloved pet. Here’s a sampling. Feel free to log on with some of your own.


“You can get another one.”


“It’s God’s way.”


“Have you tried putting up posters?”


“The coyotes probably got him.”


“It’s just an animal.”


“You just have to look a little harder.”


“When we lost our pet, we looked everywhere and never found her. We still miss her.”


“Did you have a license, collar and a chip? No? You should have.”

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