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Lost and Found: What to Do if Your Dog is Lost!

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Party Marty here! Wow!  These weeks just seem to fly by! I cannot believe it is October. I have a busy month ahead, what with planning my elaborate Halloween costume and all, but I will take a few minutes today to once again share my wisdom with you and allow you to drink from this esoteric fountain of knowledge called Party Marty.

As you know, I am a cat, and a very good one at that. I stay inside and don’t cause too much trouble. There is no issue as far as I am concerned if the door is left open or the gate is ajar.  However, dogs tend to consider an open door as an invitation to escape and explore. While some may quickly return back home – as they are smart enough to know that is where the dog food bowl is – others may take their time in getting back to home base.

So, what do you do if your dog becomes lost? First of all, don’t come crying to me because I am not the one who left the door open. However, I can offer a few words of wisdom.

Be sure to contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies and file a lost pet report, leaving your contact information should someone bring the dog in or contact the shelter about it. I suggest you contact all shelters within a 60-mile radius of your home and also visit shelters on a daily basis to see if your dog has been turned in.

Search your neighborhood. Drive and walk around. Inquire of others if they have seen your dog. Make copies of a photos of your dog and pass them around. Make sure the copies have your contact information on them.

Post flyers around the area and consider offering a reward of $100.00 for the recovery of your dog.

If your dog is not accustomed to being outside and away from you, he could be frightened and actually hiding nearby.  He could be closer than you think.  Also, check newspapers and social media sites to see if anyone has found a lost dog.

Of course, it is a good idea to always have identification on your dog and I strongly suggest micro chipping him.  While we never want to hear about lost dogs, it is good to be prepared in the event such a thing happens.  We know that for dogs, there is truly no place like home.

For cats, well, we prefer home, too, but technically refer to it as our kingdom.

Later, dudes!  The weekend is calling my name!


And thanks to for this helpful information!