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Old 01-30-2013, 05:58 AM   #11
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So sorry, my biggest two fears would be hit by a car or someone took him. There was actually someone around here a few years back stealing labs. Maybe put an add in the local paper with a reward.
I sure hope you find him soon.

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:05 AM   #12
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Any news?? I really hope you find him soon.


I'm a huge, huge animal lover..ya know, the ones that truly believe an animal is part of the family unit...and you won't get a single flame from me. My dogs have always lived inside and been pampered but two of them (since passed away) absolutely loved running on my parents land. They live on 40 acres and it was like dog heaven in their eyes! I can't imagine why anyone would even begin to fault you. (((Hugs)))

Even here in Germany it's common to run/hike with dogs on trails off leash. Our American Bulldog relishes that time since we live in an apartment.

Please do keep us posted. I've got my fingers crossed for you!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:19 AM   #13
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Re: Our dog is missing:(

I would contact every shelter, vet, and rescue organization within 50 miles of you. Some well meaning person could have been driving by and saw him wandering around and assumed he was lost or abandoned. Post to your local craigslist and surrounding craigslist with the dogs picture.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:22 AM   #14
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Re: Our dog is missing:(

No flames from me. Our Australian Shepherd had free roam of our property as well. I hope you find him soon!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:40 AM   #15
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Make sure you check the local shelters. Neighbors may have been tired of him roaming loose and likely won't admit they turned him into a shelter as a stray. Check shelters out of county too.

I kept horses for 20 yrs and loose dogs were often dealt with it two manners by farm owners. Turned in out of county so the owner was less likely to find them and turn them loose again, or SSS.

I boarded mine so this wasn't an issue I dealt with, but many people I know had to.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:27 AM   #16
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I sure hope he makes his way home! You sound a like a great mama to him, and he sounds like he has a wonderful life - I'm not sure how anyone can flame you for this. Keep us updated...
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:54 AM   #17
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Re: Our dog is missing:(

Aw. No flames at all here!

I grew up rural, and dogs roaming their home property was just normal.

It might make you feel better to know that not everyone who has livestock and sees a stray dog will shoot them. We were taught to yell and chase them away... to make them know they were not welcome there and run them off. The hope was they would go back home and not want to come back. (and most of the time, they did exactly that. We would often see a dog roaming, chase it off, and then never see it again...) We never would have shot a dog that wasn't messing with our cattle... and even then, it had to be a last resort for us - like, dog won't leave, keeps coming back, each time it comes it runs the cows, won't go away when we act aggressively towards it, etc.



I hope you find your doggy soon!
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Oh no, hope he comes home!!! We live on a farm and our 2 dogs roam free, we pen them up at night and if we are both gone, but if DH is around working in the barns or field or we're home they get to run around. I don't know anyone near us who has a dog that they keep chained or penned up all the time. Really hope he makes it home!
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Re: Our dog is missing:(

Awww mama. I hope you are reunited soon. I've been in your shoes with my cats many times growing up, it's an awful feeling I know.
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