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kab4176
post Dec 7 2012, 01:48 PM
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Last Saturday, 12/1, my husband and I were at Mark Twain Lake where we have some property. Two of our dogs Ollie and Zoey went out that morning with my husband to relieve themselves. I came out about five minutes later to feed them. We have an electric fence, but we had not yet put on their collars. We were shocked that they had already wondered into the woods before I even feed them (this is why we put in an electric fence last year). I admit we have been lax about the collars as they hate having them on and I knew they loved the woods and stupidly never thought this could happen. We just always "knew" they would return. My husband said he had a bad feeling when several hours later they still had not returned. Four hours later Ollie came back but was without Zoey. We started searching at that point. This is an RV subdivision however this time of year not many weekenders like us come up. The area is sparse with full-time residents, lots of woods and farm property.

I walked back to one house that is not too far thru the woods from our place and strangely enough one of their 7 dogs never came home Friday night. I left my phone with several people but we had to leave Sunday late afternoon to come home. I took off work Tuesday and went back up with one of my other dogs Bodie and we searched the woods and creek bottom for hours to no avail. I called all the nearby shelters, although there are none in the immediate area. She is chipped. I'm driving up tomorrow morning (Sat) with dozens of signs I made that I am going to post everywhere within 50 mile radius as she could be anywhere at this point.

We are just sick. Feel a tremendous amount of guilt - we let her down. And all the what if's...what if we had just put her shock collar on, what if we had her regular collar on, what if we had called for the dogs as soon as they went missing as they couldn't have been far because my husband had just seen them going potty near the woods five minutes before. We have been so depressed.

Zoey is a sweet sweet girl. She was brought to work at 6 weeks old by a friend of mine who found her sitting on the curb of a busy street in several inches of snow and the cold in East St. Louis. She was lethargic but healthy and I took her home with me. Everyone absolutely loves Zoey. She is a gentle loving dog who loves people. She is extremely laid back, in fact, we joke a lot about how lazy she is - she is a lounger for sure. We miss her and this has been gut wrenching - especially the not knowing part. Where is she? What happened to her that she didn't/couldn't come back? Is she hurt? Did she get shot by a farmer? Is she cold? Is she hungry? We are so depressed.

I can't think of anything else to do after posting signs tomorrow. We are so very sad. It will be a week tomorrow. Where is our sweet baby girl? We want her back so badly.

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post Dec 7 2012, 04:44 PM
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Hi, kab, please permit me to offer you my sincerest condolences in the missing of your precious Zoey. Having experiened lost companions during my lifetime I do so understand how frantic and anxious you are to find her. A couple of other suggestions - - if you have not already - - is to place her on a Lost Pet internet database. And if she's chipped, is her chip registered with a national pet finder database? Have you contacted the local veterinary hospitals / clinics as well - - sending pictures with a description of her and her chip ID number? You may also want to place an advertisement in the local newspapers in the "Lost Pet" classifieds. Hopefully with all the contacts and media your precious Zoey will find her way back home to you.

You may also want to contact the local police just in case there may be someone deliberately abducting companion animals and / or wildlife in the vicinity. They may have a report of other missing companions already in progress.

Kab, I DO understand how broken hearted you are feeling. Please know you and your precious Zoey are in my thoughts and prayers, and please let us know how things are going.

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post Dec 7 2012, 09:25 PM
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Thank you Moon Beam for your kind words and advice which I will gladly do. I just got done making all my signs tonight and am very anxious to get up to the lake tomorrow to post them. I made over 50 of them - I am going to make sure no one forgets her if they see her! I will keep you posted.
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post Dec 8 2012, 10:53 AM
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Hi, kab, please know each of us are here for you, and will look forward to knowing how you're doing - - and hopefully sharing your news that your precious Zoey is returned to you.

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post Dec 8 2012, 08:51 PM
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Well, it's almost 8pm. Just got back from the lake. Some good news and bad news. Good news is Zoey is alive and well. Bad news is we still couldn't find her. There is a hotel some people own not far from where our place is and they live there. Apparently, we are guessing Zoey must have gotten lost, which I didn't think she could do. They have a couch on their front porch and she has been sleeping on it. They have been feeding her. They have also let her in their home a few hours every day. Their kids even gave her a bath. Said she was/is full of ticks on her neck. But for some reason, every time she went out, she would roam off for a few hours, then come back. I guess it isn't enough she was lost once?? I was up there Tuesday searching the woods and probably passed her sitting on their porch on my way home. If I would have just done what I did today, posting signs and knocking on doors, I would have found her! And another missed opportunity...on Wednesday night me and my husband thought of the signs and I thought about taking off work again the next day and doing it but I only have one day left until the end of the year, so we thought I should hang on to it in case she was found and I needed to get her. We thought, it's just one extra day and that day cost us dearly. The last time they saw her was Thursday night. And for whatever reason, she never returned Friday or today. Now it is supposed to rain tonight, and it's cold out and supposed to really get cold in the next few days. I cried all the way home. They have my number and were also looking for her today as they feel bad they didn't hang on to her (or why not take her to a shelter??). I posted 60 signs in and around the area, knocked on doors, placed signs in the two towns on the outskirts in their only grocery store and gas station. We are glad she is alive but still super depressed. Where is our Zoey? Why didn't she stay put where someone was feeding her, giving her water and a warm bed??? Why won't God just give us a friggin' break?!

So I missed an opportunity Tuesday because I was stupidly searching the woods. Why oh why didn't I at least go to a few places around there. I'm just sick, absolutely sick. Our poor Zoe, I'm so worried she is cold tonight.
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post Dec 9 2012, 12:00 PM
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Hi, kab, thank you so much for sharing with us how you're doing and how things are going with your search for your precious Zoey. The good news IS good news that she is alive and has been looked after by very kind people. I can so understand your frustration and heart sickness that you and your precious Zoey were so close to one another in your search - - very possibly crossing one another's paths yet not seeing one another to be reunited - - YET. It could be that she is trying to follow your scent as you search for her - - which may be why she had not yet returned to the hotel.

I do know how very heartbreaking this is for you, kab. Just keep doing what you're doing, and HOPEFULLY, she will return to the hotel - - or perhaps taken in by another person / family - - where the people can corral her long enough for you and your husband to bring her home with you.

Please know your precious Zoey and you are in my thoughts and prayers that you will be reunited with one another very soon, and please let us know how things go.

Peace and blessings,
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post Dec 11 2012, 12:54 PM
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I am at my lowest of lows today. At work, and have had to leave my desk frequently as I can't seem to stop the crying. I feel almost as depressed as when I lost my brother unexpectedly five years ago January.

I called that hotel yesterday and the daughter was pretty stand-offish with me, although she did say she posted Zoeís picture and my phone on her facebook page because she knows so many people in the area. My husband thought these people were a bit full of it from the start, but Iím a little more trusting and naÔve. But today I thought Iím going to see if I can find her fb page, itís probably not even private. I found it almost instantly - and not one word or picture, not one, about Zoey! I burst into tears. If she lied about that, no doubt most of the rest was lies too. It starts to make sense - the reason Zoey didnít return to them at the hotel is because they didnít have any compassion on her - no one was feeding her, bathing her, etc. I donít believe it. It was so much of a coincidence anyway - telling us they had her the entire week, in and out of their house, kept food outside for her and the day we got there, she mysteriously disappeared the entire day before. In fact, they even told me they picked up the food because they figured she wasnít coming back - after telling me she would roam off for hours and come back every day for four days, and on the fifth day you just pick up the food? Nope - there never was any food. There never was any compassion. I donít doubt they saw her - or even that her little kids played with her because the little guy, maybe 5, was talking about that ďbrown dog.Ē But I doubt it was more than a day and then she probably moved on to look for someone to help her or they shooed her away.

I have lost faith in people and God, period. Our poor Zoey. The area is so sparse with people this time of year as the majority of population is weekenders, but not in December. Absolutely no telling where she is now, almost two weeks later. We let her down. People let her down. God let her down. We've lost hope

Kim
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post Dec 11 2012, 03:09 PM
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Hi, Kim, thank you so much for sharing with us how you're doing, and how your search is going for your precious Zoey. I know how discouraged you are - - the longer the time passes the fainter hope becomes, and without hope there is only room for sorrow and despair.

Please let me try to reassure you that neither God nor you let your precious Zoey down. As challenging as it is to "keep the faith" the longer the time of separation becomes, it is extremely important that you continue to have faith that God has her in His protective custody - - either until she can be returned safely to you - - or if your worst fears become reality that she is no longer physically a part of this world.

When we are enduring a crisis situation - - whatever it may be - - we can find ourselves questioning the very basic beliefs that we have consistently relied upon to see us through the normal events of ups and downs and disappointments. Even those who profess an unshakeable faith can find their beliefs sorely tested when they are faced with a serious crisis situation.

The physical absence of your precious Zoey IS a serious crisis situation, Kim. God promises us that He will comfort us when we are deeply grieved. One of the many ways He fulfills this promise is to send people into our lives who truly do understand what we are feeling - - what we are going through - - and who will stand by us through every step of our crisis journey. I can only hope and pray that you will somehow feel some measure of comfort through my words as you travel your crisis journey, Kim. I hope and pray with all my heart that God is leading you and your precious Zoey to a point where your paths will meet again - - that your precoius Zoey will be reunited with you safe and sound.

Please know you and your precious Zoey are in my thoughts and prayers, Kim, and please let us know how you're doing and how things are going.

Peace and blessings,
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The most blessed way I have of knowing God's comforting love and grace is to look into the eyes and heart of God's creatures' sweet angelic face.
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