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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 1:21 am 
Headed out Saturday afternoon to explore some ridges west of Spada Lake. I was about 4 miles from the dam parking area when I spotted a lone dog just off the road. I pulled over and found a beautiful young malinois without an owner or collar. I sent an InReach message to my wife, asking her to call animal control, then spent an hour trying to coax him into my car. He ultimately got spooked and ran back into the woods. A sheriff's deputy eventually stopped by to confirm there wasn't a missing human. That didn't appear to be the case, so there wasn't anything they could do. Unable to find the dog, I continued on to the dam.
Decided to check out Git Out Ridge first. The journey here followed existing and abandoned roads. I continued on to a great viewpoint of Spada Lake, Monte Cristo area peaks, and even the Pilchuck LO tower.
After a leisurely break, I headed back down the ridge and followed the road for a few miles to an old viewpoint on the north end. Pebbles and I watched the sunset here, accompanied only by the trill of nearby thrushes.
Darkness eventually fell and we enjoyed a quiet hike back to the lonely trailhead. On the drive back, I searched the woods again for the dog with my brightest headlamp. Before giving up and heading home, I decided to check the spot where I first found him. To my great relief, there he was! He was shivering and scared. I messaged my wife and learned that animal control never answered the phone. WASART was unable to help because the dog didn't require a technical rescue. So we decided to take matters into our own hands. I gave my wife my coords, but she was an hour away. I managed to keep the dog nearby until she finally showed up around 10pm. We coaxed the dog for over an hour. Around 11:30pm, we finally captured him. We were exhausted and cold but so relieved. We took him home and gave him lots of TLC.
The next morning, we tried calling the Everett Animal Shelter, but they didn't answer the phone. Their website indicated that we had to fill out an online form before they could contact us about a drop-off appointment (no one ever contacted me...). We reached out to local rescues and posted in lost dog Facebook groups. Then, on Sunday afternoon, a woman reached out and said her friend's dog had gone missing after jumping out of his car in the same area. We compared pics and it was him! We got in contact with the owner, who came and picked him up. Turns out his name was Woody and he was only 7 months old. We sure enjoyed his company, but are glad he is home. Stay safe out there Woody!

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 7:13 am 
Thank you for making a serious effort to bring the dog in. Few things are more hearbreaking than lost or abused animals.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 7:27 am 
Thank you for being so diligent with helping this lost dog and the return to its owner. I have had great success with capturing strays by enticing them to approach with food but doing so while lying on my back. In dog language being on your back means you are not a threat. The car mats can be taken out of the car and placed on the ground to avoid getting soiled. That technique works like a charm.

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 10:01 am 
You are a hero! Thank you for your compassion and tenacity to return this pup to his owner. angel.gif

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 10:16 am 
Wow, fourteen410 what a story. Yes, indeed you are a hero. That dog is so lucky you ran into him. ~z

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 2:08 pm 
Waterman wrote:
Thank you for making a serious effort to bring the dog in. Few things are more hearbreaking than lost or abused animals.
+1 That's so great that you were able to rescue the dog and it got back home safe! Serious kudos. up.gif up.gif up.gif

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 2:50 pm 
Thank you so much for going the extra mile. Heartwarming.

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 2:53 pm 
Good job on your selfless effort to rescue a lost dog. up.gif You are calling into question the old clicheí of who is whose best friend!

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 4:31 pm 
Nice job, Woody is very lucky you came along!

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 4:51 pm 
Woody looks like a great dog. Thanks for helping him to get home.

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 5:37 pm 
sometimes when the news is all bad.... Thank you for giving our community a positive story!

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 6:24 pm 
This is the best thing I've heard about in I can't recall how long. Thanks for telling us about it, and all your efforts to get Woody back to his owner. There's a special place in the spirit world for people who are so compassionate to animals. flowers.gif up.gif up.gif

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PostTue Apr 02, 2024 7:27 pm 
Great story. What a fine looking pup

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PostWed Apr 03, 2024 9:24 am 
So very kind of you and your wife

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PostWed Apr 03, 2024 2:30 pm 
This is the best off leash dog story ever. Good work!

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