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Postby LCP » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:23 pm

Just to warn you, I might ramble on a bit here. But if you have lost a dog you might be able to identify.

I let a buddy borrow my lab (named Wilson) this morning to go duck hunting. On their walk back to the pickup after the hunt, the dog takes off. My buddy thinks he's chasing an animal, tries to call him back, but no luck. He waits at the pickup for an hour, no dog. This afternoon buddy drives in the yard and tells me the story. I ask, were there other hunters around? Yes there were. Were they shooting? Yes. Well I'm almost certain that is where he was headed. Anyway that was mid-morning and now its 4 pm when I find this out. Drove around to all the neighbors, stopped and visited every bird hunter I came by, called everyone I could think of (game warden, vets, police, neighbors, friends). I even put it on facebook. He was only 1.5 mi from home when he took off.

My wife (then fiance) gave me this dog for Christmas almost 5 yrs ago. He came from a shelter and was a basketcase when I got him. Was not calm or happy unless you were touching him. Went bananas if you left him anywhere- garage, kennel, yard...didn't matter. He would follow me down the road until I turned around and picked him up. He mellowed out when we got another dog (worthless mutt...wish she was the one who was missing, cause I wouldnt be looking too hard). My dream was to make him into a hunting dog. Turned out he was gunshy. Oh well, he was a nice dog anyway, very friendly. Long story longer, he got interested in rabbits when I took him along for a winter drive in 2009 and shot a couple out the window of the pickup. So I let him out and he brought them back! It was like a light came on in his head - gunshots mean animals to find. We hunted rabbits a dozen times that winter and it was fantastic. As time went by, he learned to hunt pheasants and grouse, and last year he figured out duck hunting. I'm no trainer either. He is just a natural. I've watched $3000 dogs with another $3000 in training that would be put to shame by my $125 shelter hound.

The funny thing is, he never would hunt birds alone. We have pheasants constantly walking through the yard and he never even lifts his head. But many a morning I would walk out of the house to find a dead coon, possum, muskrat, pocket gopher, or squirrel. He would never eat any of them, just carry them around for a day or so to show off his prey. One day he carried a baby blackbird around for several hours without killing it.

I am really hoping he turns up. Right now I'm caught between anger at the idea that someone decided to pick him up and take him home, and feeling like I am going to throw up at the thought of not having him come back.

I'm not your typical animal lover. Wilson never was allowed in the house, except maybe one night when it got to -35. He always got the cheap dog food, or else leftovers from butchering deer. When there's snow on the ground he doesn't even get water (the coyotes seem to survive fine eating snow, turns out so do our dogs. Especially since they don't have to hunt for their food). But that doesn't mean I don't care about him. I never had to break up with a girl before (my wife was the first and only one I dated) but I would guess this might be how it feels.

If you read this far, thanks for listening. I'll let you know what comes of the situation.

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Postby Faster horses » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:03 pm

Good luck getting him back.

Rule No. 1--never loan your dog. Especially a good dog.

Rule No. 2-If you want him to live a long life, feed and water
him WELL. How would you like to lick snow? Have you read
the ingredients in some of that 'cheap' dog food? I thought
not. Well, read it. Lots has Chicken Digest. You know what
Chicken Digest is?????

Sometimes when we come close to losing something we love,
we cherish it more...
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Postby hillsdown » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:17 pm

I hope Wilson is safe .
HD

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Postby MsSage » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:47 am

Sending prayers.....I have a wonderer she always came back the same day....last week she was gone for 4 days about killed me. she showed up on evening barking at the door ...never barked before

Dont give up hope just yet.....
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Postby GM88 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:12 am

Rule No. 2-If you want him to live a long life, feed and water
him WELL. How would you like to lick snow? Have you read
the ingredients in some of that 'cheap' dog food? I thought
not. Well, read it. Lots has Chicken Digest. You know what
Chicken Digest is?????
That will make him feel better. Hope you find him.

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Postby LCP » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:11 pm

Found Wilson today! A hunter picked him up on Saturday and took him home until he could find out who he belonged to. I'll be getting him back tomorrow. Life is good. And I can breathe again.

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Postby Faster horses » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:19 pm

That's great!! I love good news!! Now go buy him some GOOD
dog food... :D

I can't help it, please forgive me~I have to say this...please give him water in the winter. Snow can cause him to lose body temperature;
and have you ever licked snow and found out how
little water it contains? Coyotes might survive on snow,
but they don't live very long either. Water is the first rule of nutrition, without it food isn't utilized properly and he WILL live longer if you provide good food and water...make it a home he wants to come home to.

Dogs need wormed regularly too.

BTW, I applaud you and your wife for rescuing him from the
shelter. So many good dogs come from there. Do you have a
picture of Wilson to share with us?
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Postby kris » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:24 am

LCP wrote:Found Wilson today! A hunter picked him up on Saturday and took him home until he could find out who he belonged to. I'll be getting him back tomorrow. Life is good. And I can breathe again.


WHEWWWW!!! SO GOOD TO SEE A HAPPY ENDING ONCE IN AWHILE!! YOUR INITIAL STORY BROKE MY HEART AS I HAVE "BEEN THERE/DONE THAT" WITH MY OLDEST SONS DOG!!! GLAD HE WILL SOON BE BACK TO YOU AND TO HOME!! :D
Where one door closes, another one opens....and happiness walks right in!!!


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