The Power of Social Media: A Lost Dog History
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Last Updated: April 18, 2015
This is a guest blog written by a friend and found animals divided:
We woke up Saturday 20 th April to cloudy skies and the rain promises a truly atypical for spring morning in southwest Florida. We were 3 hours to the north to Ocala, our son, a senior at Florida State University to meet for lunch. We had his graduation present and Ocala is located halfway between Tallahassee and our house in Port Charlotte. When we arrived at the restaurant, the weather became really angry. It was cold, windy and raining. We met our son in the restaurant and went inside to enjoy a late lunch. After lunch, I opened the tailgate to our van and Scout, our 14 Months Old Field Spaniel, shot out and headed straight for the busy six-lane highway. Scout had never done before, and we expect them to turn around and get back to us. When it was obvious she did not want, we all screamed to stop for them, but the terror in our voices seemed only to increase their speed. They never looked back or respond in any way. Miraculously, she made it across the busy street and disappeared into thin air.
We walked up and down the street for an hour, and stop calling her name and asking people if they had seen it. I called the police and human society and Scout reported missing. Finally, after an hour, my son walked a mile in an animal Intelligent approximately ¼ on the road and the manager said that someone earlier in about 45 minutes to matching Scout description roaming to report a dog car park. Scout is naturally shy around strangers, and it is fast, so we were not surprised when we heard that no one was able to catch them. We followed the way down, Pet Smart-past at a Holiday Inn that had a pet walk. Several people reported that they, but when we arrived, she was nowhere to be found.
There were miles of horse stables behind the Holiday Inn, so it could be hidden somewhere. We searched until dark, calling her name and squeak their favorite toys. On the way we met people who joined us in the search. After dark, we reluctantly headed home so that our contact with several people who. In the region, which continues to look first thing in the morning lived promised On the way out of town, we stopped by Pet Smart and left a photo of Scout and our contact with Chris the manager.
As we got on the highway, I called Home Again, we registered the company with their microchip and reported her missing. They immediately sent a warning to all local vets with their photo, microchip number and description. She wrote me a list of places to phone in the area where she was lost. The man who took my call was kind and compassionate, and it comforts me to know that there is a network in place, to use all their resources to help us scout.
The next morning I was on pins and needles waiting for the phone to ring with news of Scout. At 11:30 it finally rang. A man whom we had met the day before Scout by the lake behind the Holiday Inn seen. When she called, she ran. “Your dog is the fastest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said. He assured us that he would keep looking. I was on the phone calling the Humane Society, as my husband ran out the door to head Ocala. I shared the scout had spotted in a range between I-75 and College Road, both busy highways and asked if someone could go from the Humane Society and is there for them we were 3 hours away. She said: “We do not do that.” Frustrated, I hung up and called Pet Smart and spoke to the manager Chris, who take on individual employees and form a search party voluntarily. You searched for hours and other fresh as spotting paw prints, no sign of scout saw her. My husband came and spent the whole day looking for Scout. He went to the Animal Control and was told they were closed, but he could come back and the next day. He came home that night again without Scout.
The next morning the call came even earlier. At 6:30 a woman Scout was discovered by the lake in the middle of her apartment complex. When she called her Scout screwed into the forest. She had we traveled last seen about 2 miles from where. Once again, Lynn Ocala went to follow their trail, once he came home empty-handed.
Early on Wednesday morning, I decided that several “so sorry” posts I was sure to receive the risk and achieve the Facebook community. I gave her photo and described, where she was last seen. Within seconds, I could see people sharing with friends in Ocala area and re-posting it. On their own pages
8 15, a former student who lives in Gainesville has a dog found description on my Facebook page. She shared it moments after it posted on Craigslist. I could from the description that say it, in fact, Scout. I struggled to figure out how to respond to the Craigslist post, when my son in Tallahassee texted me. He had to see the Craigslist post on my Facebook page and wanted to know if there Scout. I told myself that I have a difficult time to react, perhaps because the filters on our network, and he told me do not worry that he would contact. We went back and forth several times, because I’m sure the woman she wanted to be sure that Scout was one found us. Finally, she asked what kind of collar Scout wore. It is a special leather and rhinestone necklace with a silver buckle, the roommate of my son got me for Christmas last year. I had a picture of him on my phone that I led, and seconds later the text I have: “That’s it, we have Scout!”.
The woman, Marie, called me and told as they had come to save Scout. She and her daughters on their property scout spotted earlier in the day before. When they approached her, she ran away and they assumed it belonged to a neighbor and was on a tour. Middle of the night woke Marie and looked out at her pool deck and saw Scout curled up on a deck chair. She had come in through a hole in the screen. Marie quietly walked onto the pool deck and blocked the hole in the screen to scout could not escape. She then sat down on the pool deck of Scout and whispered to her. After 5 minutes Scout went to her and it was obvious that she was a loving home and clearly lost and scared. The next morning, Marie put her dog found post on Craigslist. My former student, she discovered within minutes and re-written it on my Facebook page. Within three hours of my post, Scout was found eight hours later, we were reunited. I will never doubt the power of social media.
* Increase your chances of finding a lost pet by making sure your pet wears external identification such as a pet ID tag. A microchip with current contact information in a microchip registration also helps bring lost pets at home.