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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Animal Communicator for lost farm dog?

    One of our loyal farm dogs disappeared Tuesday evening. This is very uncharacteristic of him. We are beyond heartbroken and have gone through all the normal avenues for trying to find him (searching, posting flyers, notifying radio, shelters, vets, etc.).

    Frankly, I've always been a bit skeptical of animal communicators, but, at the same time, I don't disbelieve people who have used them with reliable results.

    We don't know what to do next, and we want to try to do anything we can if there is hope of reuniting with our dear boy. I'm willing to put my skepticism aside if it might bring our buddy back to us. Can any of you recommend a reputable animal communicator who might even specialize in helping find lost pets? We would certainly appreciate any recommendations you might be able to share. Thank you.
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    We have not talked with her for a lost pet specifically, but feel she is very skilled. Latifa at Animals.can.talk. Good luck!



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    I have used an animal communicator that I think very highly of but I don't believe she will do lost pets. She told me once that all she can get from a lost pet is a feeling of utter panic and that if she asks them where they are they don't know--if they knew where they were, they would know how to go home.

    I'm sorry about your lost dog. I would certainly try an animal communicator if you find one that is willing to help.



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    Most won't do lost pets, it requires a definitive answer and they can't cold read that from the owner or give a series of basic replies. IOW, they can't fib their way through that except for "there's woods and the animal is scared."

    Try looking up tracking dogs in your area. They can scent track lost pets in some instances. Look fpr "tracking" "search and rescue" "pet detectives" or "pet recovery."

    So sorry your dog is missing, it's a terrible feeling when we don't know where they are.

    Best of luck to you!
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    You may also want to try Sherlock Bones. I don't have personal experience with it, but it's worth looking into.

    http://www.sherlock.com/


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    So sorry about missing your dog, it is heartbreaking. And waiting is excruciating, after we've done all we can to find our animals. My faithful dog I've had 11 years went missing last year, I was desperate, went to all neighbors etc. The next day, one neighbor spotted her in a remote place, looking ill (she a dal/chessy mix, with b/w spots). We got her .. the vet said it appeared someone fed my dog marijuana buds. She survived, but appears to have aged , all of a sudden. This year, she's 12, she is so embarassed she cannot jump in the truck anymore.

    A student of mine had a horse stolen. After using all other measures, sheriff, posse, ads, etc her parents did approve of paying a communicator.

    Communicator was wrong by a mile. Not even close.

    People are quick to rave about when communicators get it right or nearly right.

    I would say: extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof before I would spend money on it.

    For anyone using a communicator:

    1) Pay only after the service is rendered
    2) Pay only if the service is correct and factual.

    3) and most important: ask all animal communicator you consider of paying for their service to submit their skills to REAL testing. The Randy Foundation has an open invitation and a $1 mill prize if such a claim proves to be correct.

    After all .. everyone wants all kind of proof that a horse trainer is capable before spending $$. Why not ask same of other so-called professionals?

    OTOH, a pet detective might be able to help .. and show /tell you how.

    *keeping fingers crossed* and sending vibes and jingling that you find your dog healthy.



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    You know, I don't really want to get into the semantics of whether people can communicate with animals or not, so I would rather not say anything either way. I do know that I am the sort of person that would feel guilty if I didn't think I had done everything within my power to find my lost animal, so if it will make you feel better to try, then do it. The only thing you are going to lose is a small amount of cash, but you know you would be more than willing to lose a much greater amount if it meant finding your lost pet, so don't let people poo poo the idea and talk you out of doing if it would make you feel better. As the saying goes, "even a broken watch is right twice a day". A little luck and faith can go a long way sometimes.
    The pet detective idea is a great one too.
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    OP, my heart does ache for you. I hope you can find her, and if you could find someone who could track her withanother animal, that would be amazing and cool. For example, you could see if the trail led out to the road and then vanished, that she got picked up in a car.

    Keep your eyes out on Craigslist for a dog for sale. On another thread, last year, it was discussed how people find/take dogs and sell them on Craigs list.

    If she's an entire female of a pure or desired cross breed, look for Craigslist and other places where they are advertising such a breed of puppies. If she is a purebred, contact breeders in the area to let them know she's missing and to keep an eye out for queries about breeding their stud dog.

    What breed is she or cross, can you tell us onhere? There are alot of people in VA and you never know who might see what...

    Also, I would really look a long ways into the woods, very thoroughly this weekend, if you are in woods, looking for her if she was sick or poisoned she could be holed up somewhere. Even if she was injured, she could have run into the woods and is hiding. This is the kind of thing I would think a search dog could find.

    If you have another dog, try taking him out to find her, especially in the woods. You might be surprised, he might go straight to her.

    Good luck.
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    Sorry just reread the original post and realized the dog's a 'he'.

    Same stuff applies, though.

    I think I really would take one of the other, or all of the other dogs out, depending on how you feel about them all together or separately, and spend some time calling her, and getting the other dogs' attention on how you are calling her. See how he reacts pointed in different directions and then let him go and follow him. Or go out in the woods with the other dog on a leash, and just call and look for her with the other dog. Eventually, I think you could let him off the leash and see what he did. If he bolted, or took off smelling, you might have a clue.

    I have a feeling it might work.
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    Someone who helps find lost pets is Terri Steuben
    http://www.calmhealer.com/

    I believe she is out of town until Monday but you could try giving her a call.

    She helped me find my lost cat. My gut told me the neighbors dogs got her because the last time I saw her she was heading out in their pasture. I didn't mention my feeling to Terri but she was able to confirm that my cat was killed by a quick bite to the neck. Not good news but it gave me closure.

    Wishing you luck in finding your boy and a happy ending.



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    seabreeze - Don't rely on just notifying the local Animal Control. Go in and look at the dogs every couple days. Those notifications get removed, or the folks aren't as familiar with the breeds, or they simply don't pay attention. I had a dobie go missing, and checked in often, replaced the notice as it was taken down, etc. Finally one time in they said, "oh, we put down a red dobe a couple days ago. We don't know if he was yours."

    Good luck finding your boy.

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    I don't know if she does lost animals, but I've found Linda at http://www.ispeakanimal.com/ to be both entertaining and accurate. She made me at least half a believer, which isn't really in my nature in general.



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    Thanks for all of your replies. I'm so tired, I can hardly remember who has said what, but...

    I suppose I am just hoping a communicator would be able to let me know if he's still alive or not. However, even having said that, I don't know if I'd really want to believe the communicator and give up if she said he was no longer with us...so what would be the point, right? Perhaps I'm hoping to hear that he is alive and is feeling happy and loved. I'd like to imagine that he has somehow lost his collar and been taken in by a perfect family who dotes on him. I guess I might be grasping at straws.

    I have taken our very intuitive Corgi out and walked around with her several times, calling for our missing dog and watching her reaction. She does the same thing she always does when I call for them to come in...she barks and looks at me. I can't get a read on anything she might be thinking.

    We have filed reports, and my husband has stopped by the shelter to look for himself. We will continue to do so. I have been checking Craigslist, etc. For the person who asked, he is a black lab. The. best. lab. ever.

    The idea of a tracking dog is a good one. I will check into that; however, I am afraid that it would be so cost-prohibitive that I wouldn't be able to do it, and then I would feel awful. Sigh. But it's worth an inquiry, nonetheless.

    Thanks again, everyone.
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    Look in your local shelter but also neighboring counties.

    Check every vet in the county and then some.

    Call the dispatch in your town and neighboring towns and counties

    Keep checking craig's list as well as posting as many flyers as you can.

    Best of luck.
    I am so sorry, I would be devastated too.
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    Could a tracking dog track your dog? I mean, if they can track lost children by smelling a sock, could they track a lost dog by smelling a bed or coat or collar? Maybe you know someone or can get connected to someone with such a dog...
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    Loosing a pet is hard. The dollars you'd spend on an "animal communicator" would likely be better spent on flyers and a reward for the dog's return.

    I view this ilk with a particular contempt, as they prey upon the emotions of the distraught. In that sense they're crueler than the torture masters of the various Middle Eastern "strongmen."

    I do hope you recover the dog, or at least learn its fate. Turning to an "animal communicator" would be worse than useless, as it would impart false hope. And, perhaps, false closure.

    G.



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    I hear people saying that you have to check with the shelter OFTEN and in person and ask, not just put or renew a poster. Bug the staff so that they would rather look for your dog in their shelter just to get rid of you
    When I was child, I used my one cat on a leash, and the leashed one convinced the lost one to come out of hiding from under a shed, so I would walk with your current dog in places and directions you think your dog may have gone. Keep your ears open and don't forget to walk at night too when it's quieter and easier to hear.
    Good luck.



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    I'm a skeptic about animal communication, but I've dealt with this particular one. I never recommend spending one's money on animal communication, but if you are so inclined, I've had some success with this one:

    http://www.askyouranimals.com/

    And, I've heard from others who have used her. Haven't heard anything bad yet.....

    Good luck in finding your boy!



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    I know you said you have looked at the shelter but keep going. Have them walk you through the kennels. I work at a shelter and we cannot look for a lost animal by description only. I know it's heartbreaking to call and ask for a shelter worker to look for you but what if they have the dog and don't pay close attention. It happens. The shelter I work at does not allow us to do a phone search. We can tell the person on the phone if we have a certain breed that came in as a stray, but that is it. And that is if we even know a certain breed it there. Shelters take in way to many dogs for each worker to know who is in the kennels. It is up to the owner to search and keep searching. At least where I work we do have a department that does searches on Craigslist and if we have a dog that matches a lost post we contact the owner to let them know we may have a match.
    Good luck



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    Not to mention it is really common for dogs to be misidentified by breed, even if it seems pretty obvious what they are. Overworked shelter volunteers who lack an eye for identifying breeds can do some odd things. So if you say you're missing your black and white border collie, they might have it in there as a lab mix (that is one that actually happened to a friend, even though her BC was a small purebred working dog...about as far from a lab as you can get!) or something.

    The shelter workers encouraged me to do it when my dog was missing. They recommended at least every 2 days to be safe as that shelter would hold onto strays for 3 days before deciding what to do with them.



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