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Seventy Three Days

This is  a story of survival and perserverence,  written in the Chesapeak Bay Retriever newsletter.  I was given permission to share this wonderful story by Chris Shannon, a client of mine and one of the rescuers of this very lucky dog.

Jake, an 11 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, was alone and trailing his leash behind him in the hills near Wenatchee, WA for seventy-three days. Sometimes it was sunny, sometimes he faced a bitterly cold rain or snow.

It was not the first time Jake had been left alone to fend for himself. He had been picked up by animal control staff from a condemned home where he had been left to live under deplorable conditions since his owner became ill. He was undernourished and afraid. But it was during his transfer to a CBR Rescue foster home where his life took one more turn for the worse. He was scared, he pulled loose from his transporter, and he ran through a busy intersection and up a highway onramp with every bit of energy he had left.

Word spread throughout the area through both traditional print and social media outlets, prompting scores of people to be on the lookout for Jake. There were several sightings but it was not until almost two weeks after his escape that confirmation came that Jake had settled in a small canyon near the highway. He had apparently been subsisting on a roadkill deer carcass and was even more desperately thin. Once there was confirmation of his location, two local women who NW Regional Director Carol Williams calls “Jake’s Angels” and one Washington-based CBR Rescue volunteer took on the challenge of catching Jake.

Mary and Chris (and Chrisʼ husband Mike) kept an eye on him and made sure he had fresh water and nutritious food each day. They lost sight of him more than once when he moved to new locations, but they never gave up on the search. When a traditional trap didn’t work, a “Missy” style trap was purchased and set up.

They kept track of Jake using a motion sensor

Despite their efforts, the only thing the trap caught was a cat. Jake was too smart to be lured in. A motion sensor wildlife camera helped make sure he was coming in to feed each evening. No matter what the obstacle, Mary and Chris continued to make sure Jake had clean water and warm, nutritious food twice each day. He received warm bacon, roast beef, and kibble. Sometimes stir-fry steak strips with a side of kibble. Rib bones heated slightly because “he doesn’t like them cold” were also on his regular menu along with his favorite spaghetti and meatballs. Without all of the people who helped save him, Jake would never have survived 73 days alone in the wilderness.

After weeks of attempts to entice Jake into one trap or the other, a snare device was deployed. Mary, Chris and Mike crawled through an irrigation canal under the highway and waited for hours each night in the cold and dark to hear the “SNAP” of the snare. November 24, “SNAP”! They caught a cat. November 27, “SNAP”! Another cat. November 28, “SNAP!” and Jake was back in human hands!

Jake’s Angels never gave up. He was finally captured by a Humane Canine Snare system on the Friday after Thanksgiving — the 73rd day after his escape.

Jake happy again in his new home

Jake has since cleaned up nicely! He moved to safety in the foster care of Liz Krizenesky, a CBR Rescue volunteer in NE Washington. A very special thanks to Mary, Chris, Mike and Liz, and to all the folks in Leavenworth and Wenatchee for never giving up on rescuing Jake. There were some pretty special treats under last Christmas’ tree for Jake… a new home! Liz and her husband, Joe, have adopted Jake. They all remain friends with Mary, Chris and Mike.

For information on this rescue group, or to give a donation, contact:

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue, c/o Carolyn Baughman, Treasurer, P.O. Box 2187, Poquoson, VA 23662

 

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October 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Ravi and Laurel – A perfect match

Laurel and Ravi

I attended a neighborhood block party the other night and had the privilege of meeting Laurel and her Shih Tzu Ravi.  Laurel is hard of hearing and Ravi is her Hearing Assistance Dog.  I was intrigued and asked if I could learn more about how Ravi came to her.

When Laurels first Hearing Dog passed, she contacted Dogs For The Deaf, Inc. to see if they could match her with another dog.  Dogs For The Deaf is an organization that trains dogs to assist people who are hard of hearing as well as other disabilities.  They rescue dogs from animal shelters throughout the western United States, take them to their training facility in southern Oregon for an extensive 5 to 7 month positive training period before placing them, free of charge, in their new home as a certified Hearing Assistance Dog.  If a dog doesn’t complete it’s training to become a Hearing Assistance Dog it never goes back to the shelter.  The people at DFD find it a “forever” home through adoption.

Ravi when he was first rescued

Ravi was a wild, skinny, stray dog wandering the streets in a small town in California last November.  When the animal shelter picked him up they contacted Dogs For The Deaf.  A representative came and rescued him.  They fed him, bathed him, neutered him and loved him.  He then started his training.  Seven months later he passed his test to become a Hearing Assistance Dog and was placed with Laurel.

The placement process is amazing.  After interviewing Laurel to ensure she would provide Ravi with a loving, caring home, DFD came to her house to inspect it to ensure it met certain requirements such as having a fenced in yard and that there were no other dogs in the house.  When the time came to transfer Ravi from DFD to Laurel, the trainer came for five days during the transition to help make the change as comfortable as possible for Laurel as well as Ravi.

During this time she worked one on one with Laurel to teach her how to keep the dog working and how to maintain the dog’s obedience skills.  Laurel also had to agree, in writing, that she would continue his training, grooming, medical care, etc.  She must send in a progress report every 2 weeks and there is a follow-up visit every year to make sure they’re doing OK.  DFD guarantees follow-up support for as long as the person and the dog are together.

Laurel and Ravi at work

Today, after only a short month together, Ravi and Laurel have become an amazing team.  As I was listening to their story, I watched Ravi alert Laurel to the phone ringing and when someone was knocking at the door by first checking out the sound, lightly jumping on her with his paws, and then leading her to the phone and door.  Ravi also alerts Laurel when the smoke alarm, alarm clock and oven timer goes off.  He is so attentive to her and stays close by her side.  Laurel takes Ravi to work every day where he lays under her desk as she works.  She says she feels so much more comfortable knowing if there is any loud noise or commotion he will alert her.

Ravi in his official uniform

They have already traveled to Michigan together and Ravi handled it like a pro.  Everywhere they go, Ravi proudly wears his orange vest and leash and Laurel carries a special ID card that identifies Ravi as a Hearing Dog.  She also carries a Guide to Assistance Guide Dogs handbook to help her with the laws in each state as well as to protect her rights if she encounters access problems.

A special thank you to Laurel and Ravi for sharing their story!  If you would like to learn more about Dogs For The Deaf, Inc. click on http://www.dogsforthedeaf.org.

August 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment