Oct 19, 2015 by

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that helped look for Yoda, shared on Facebook and said a prayer. It was a long 4 hours (she was gone 6 but we didn’t realize it until 2pm). We have a gate on the west side that we haven’t used since we built the fence and it’s not visible from the house. Not sure how but it opened up today, some of the boys did yard work last week, that’s all we can think of. The boys called me at work to tell me she was missing.

The terrifying aspect of losing your greyhound is that they run. Just run, that’s their instinct. And we had no idea what direction she took. East would be our neighborhood. West is a busy street and… she has no street smarts. They are bred to race, not to think about intersections…

I immediately left work and headed home, canvasing our neighborhood aimlessly. I soon realized I need to be command central. I raced home and…

  • Called the police non-emergency number and reported her missing
  • Posted on the Lansing Facebook pages, thank you to all the admins that approved my post
  • Found a clip art of a fawn greyhound because I didn’t want to waste time searching for a picture of her
  • Asked for advice from Jeff Coggins, our rescue guy, and ultimately once of his suggestions found her
  • Because of the Facebook postings, two of my favorite people, Kim Jacobson and Jen Murphy, went out to look for her, found out later so did Fr. Bill and Terry Kapteyn. Liam and Seamus canvassed the area on bikes.
  • Called the South Suburban Shelter and reported her. She asked me if I called non-emergency and I told her I did.

Lansing residents, if you lose or find a dog (put it in your yard), and call 708-895-7150. They will put you on the list and if someone finds/loses her, they will call you so you can pick her up. I guess not all towns do that.

  • Called the shelter in Munster but they are closed on Mondays.
  • Called the Thornton Police in the rare case that she would have made it across Torrence (we live a couple of blocks east). They also put her on their list. I was comforted that the cemetery has a fence around it.

While I was driving around aimlessly, I went to the gas station on the corner (my boys work there and I wanted people to look out for her). She was spotted around noon at the Mobile on Torrence but they couldn’t catch her. That’s how we knew how long she was gone. After that, nothing…

Jeff (the rescue guy) responded right away, his advice is great for anyone whose dog is missing.

“Is she an outgoing dog? She will very likely come up to people and be relatively easy to catch. If she is shy, that is another story. Contact post office, police, fire, animal shelter, and city street, etc. department and ask to watch for her. Enlist as many people as possible. Likely someone already has her and seeing you out , they may realize you are looking for a dog they have. Get some signs, use a silhouette of a running greyhound if possible and put your phone and email and post around the neighborhood. Use fluorescent colored paper if possible.”

She IS very friendly so his advice that someone probably had her helped me calm down a bit and I tried to not think about intersections, cars, someone hurting her, etc.

I didn’t think of the flyers on my own and that’s what worked in the end. I took his advice and made a flyer on Publisher with a clip art of a greyhound and MISSING and YODA on them. (I am going out in the morning to clean them up.) I used the police non-emergency number and printed up about 20 on orange paper and Ciaran and I went around town at intersections and in our neighborhood. We covered east up to Burnham and ran out so I went home and printed out another 50 that, thankfully, we will recycle 30 of.

Made it to 178th & Torrence and saw some kids outside. I asked them if they had seen our dog and their mother, very rightly, questioned me for talking to them from my car. Once I explained my predicament, she was very nice. For the record, I talked to EVERY SINGLE PERSON I saw in our neighborhood and asked them to watch out for her. EVERYONE said yes, if they saw her they would call her and if they caught her, would call non-emergency. From kids walking home from school to dads washing their car to grandpas taking the grandson on a bike ride, EVERYONE said yes.

You guys are awesome.

The sun was setting, we hadn’t found her, she has no body fat to keep her warm outside all night, I’m thinking about forest preserves, coyotes, Torrence Ave, the expressway and I was about to cry.

We went to the corner of 178th and the first stop sign and AS I WAS PUTTING UP THE FLYER, one of the boys said he saw her in the park that afternoon AND a woman stopped on the north side of the street. She had just picked up her kids from the daycare on Chicago and they had a dog there, were we looking for one? What are the odds of that coincidence? The flyers worked, just like Jeff said they would. We briefly talked, the dog met Yoda’s description.

I asked her to call them because they were closing and raced off. Sure enough, Yoda was in their yard, we scooped her up, thanked the mothers profusely (they were sisters) and took her home. She is hungry and tired but home.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you. Lansing is a great place with great people. Between looking, finding , sharing, praying, and most importantly, putting a very naughty (but the sweetest in the universe) dog in your daycare yard you saved her life. We can’t thank you all enough.

I’m sealing the gates tomorrow…

When you see a loose dog, try to help. That’s the only way it will get back home. Thank you all for doing that for us.

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