Also, in Wisconsin, we have a very high number of puppy mill dogs that are adopted out. They are often very shy and are high flight risks. If they get lost it is a far different process than looking for the average family pet. I'm sure I say "Do Not Chase or Call" in my sleep sometimes.
As a side note, we also have a very large number of foster dogs, and rescue dogs that are getting lost in transport or at the transfer stations. With no point of reference or permanent home, the dogs get disoriented quickly. Often our volunteers will be the point person - because there is nobody in the immediate area to be the contact for the dog.
Anyways, here's Jodi's (the volunteer) and Myleigh's (the dog) story.
Myleigh, the little miniature Aussie I have been helping search for in Edgerton was hit by a truck in the middle of the night. A kind lady called me at 6:00 a.m. and said she took her off the side of the road, another man called and said at 2:30 he took her out of the middle of the road. The lady was keeping her there until Susan and I could get there. She saw one of our signs and knew who to call. We took her to the owners who are here from Michigan to help look, called the rescue she was adopted from and took her to the vet to be cremated.
I will pick up the ashes and mail them to the owners. I had a moment and made myself cry; I just realized its the first dog I have seen since Benny that is dead. Made a poem, feel better, lets find the next one alive.
I will look for you
Someone told me you are lost and out there on the roam
"She never has run off like that, I thought she would come home."
I am looking for you
I've got your picture, I'm showing folks, and asking them to call.
I ask them not to chase you, "She's scared and runs from all."
I am looking for you
Someone called the number! "Did you lose your dog?
I think I saw her on Main Street, I was just out for a jog."
I get the posters on Main St. I'm not far behind.
I look in woods and under decks, but you I cannot find.
I've been looking for you
Its been a while since we have heard. The town knows who you are. No one's called in days, but I know you can't be far.
Someone found you
My phone rang at 5 a.m. "I think I have your dog" Her voice quivered " I saw her lying in the road, I was just out for a jog."
I will come and get you
I finally see your sweet face, your fur I now can touch.
Its strange, this dog I've never met I care about so much.