- If you are local and you lose your greyhound and you don’t call me for help – I will NOT be happy!!! If someone finds a greyhound, they will often do a computer search for a greyhound shelter or rescue. Our webmaster goes to great lengths to make sure we appear on the tops of the search engines for this very reason! More than once I have been brought greyhounds before the owners get the nerve to call and admit they lost the dog. BAD HUMAN!! No cookies for you!
- So – Call FoG – Call Momma Michelle. Next, get help. You need manpower. More eyes out looking. The quicker the better. Time is your enemy. Call your friends and ask the neighbors. Make sure everyone has your cell number and a leash. No sense finding the dog and he runs away. Many greys are happy to see their leash!
- Tools – plan ahead and have these ready:
- Squawker – This is a specific noisemaker they use to train the greys on the puppy farms and to gather the dogs back in after a race. If they hear a squawker, many of them will come running. Test your dog with a squawker at your first opportunity. If it doesn’t work, there’s no sense in getting one. If it works, you will be amazed.
- Lost Dog Poster – When you have some time, make up a Lost Dog poster for your dog. : Use a full page for a poster (Click Here) and make a smaller handout version of four to a page (Click Here). Then when you need it, the work is started. Just make sure it’s up to date – especially phone numbers and collar color. If your dog goes missing, take it to Office Depot and have it printed. If you can do it in color, it can make a difference. If not, B&W will do. But get the information in people’s hands. They want to help if you just ask them. The more people aware that the dog is missing, the better. Use the big rolls of clear tape. Put posters in windows, on fences and poles, places where people gather and in places where dogs hang out. Get the little ones into people’s hands! Remember that initially, you don’t look for the dog, you first look for someone who saw the dog. That will give you an idea of where to start searching.
- Collar and leash – Carry a collar and leash with you. You may need it to get the dog but if nothing else, people will be sympathetic and offer to help. You want all the help you can get.
- All the rest of the details of searching for a lost dog are just dictated by the circumstances. Do not drive your car yelling for the dog unless you are on a deserted road in the woods.. First of all it irritates the local residents who are the people you need to be watching for you. And if you’re in a normal area, and the dog hears you and runs after the car, he may be hit by another car.
- Found Dogs – Any Breed. Because we have dogs, our neighborhood thinks we are the experts in Found dogs. I’ve had total strangers in cars pull up in my driveway and drop off unknown dogs saying “We found him.” It’s the curse of high search engine ratings. If you find a dog, you want to act quickly and put a big sign up somewhere that strangers looking for that dog would see it. If you have a yard, put it out there. In a townhouse, put it on the door and the patio if there’s walking area behind you. I like to use one of the thick poster boards that won’t bend over when tied to a tree or a rural mailbox. In BIG DARK letters write: “FOUND DOG – ASK HERE”. No need to give out your phone number or any information. You want them to come to you and tell you what dog they are looking for. They should be able to describe the dog and tell you its name. Then keep your “found dog poster” under the bed or in a closet for next time!