Something to do when you've lost your dog and feel helpless: If you've taken your dog away from home and it decides to go off on it's own for a while it can be pretty scary for the dog owner and the dog. Here's something you might try. When I was a boy in Pennsylvania I grew up in a home where shotguns and beagles were a way of life. Sometimes we were ready to leave the woods and the dogs were chasing a fox two ridges over and wouldn't be back till long after dark. The standard procedure was to leave a hunting coat (familiar scent) on the ground in a safe area close to where the car was parked. When we returned later that night or the next morning, the dogs would be sleeping on the coat. We never lost a dog and I saw this work many times. Today I live in an urban environment but we still have a dog. Thankfully we have not had occasion to resort to this but I believe that if I was separated from my dog in an area she didn't know I would try leaving bedding with a familiar scent (bed sheet) at the last place I had seen the dog and check it frequently........Thanks to Steve R; St. Pete, Florida 3/16/04 for this tip.

It cannot be stressed enough, you must visit ALL local shelters as often as you possibly can. It is not uncommon that a dog is registered as the wrong sex or breed and a verbal check over the phone will not suffice. Residents of Central Arkansas should also note that a Pulaski County dog can be put in any shelter within Pulaski County, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, etc. People living outside city limits are at VERY HIGH RISK OF NOT GETTING THEIR DOGS RETURNED.

Something to consider when you are trying to recover your missing dog; DON'T announce that you have involved law enforcement or filed a police report until you have completely thought that through. You can take names and kick asses AFTER you get your dog home but if you announce early in your search that law enforcement has been notified, maybe the crack head who found your dog takes a pass on getting involved because in the US , one in 45 adults is on probation or parole. Just think about it, someone who otherwise would gladly get involved and do the right thing might have second thoughts if there is any chance at all they might be accused of stealing/taking the dog.