From her Family...
Olivia and Lucy go Missing...
Both of my dogs, Olivia & Lucy, went missing on from our back yard on 10/30. As soon as we found out they were missing we started looking everywhere we could think of. After an entire day of driving around town and walking around our neighborhood, we started to put up flyers. By the next day I think I had about 50 flyers put up and had plastered their doggy faces on every social media site I could think of. Every day we would drive around until it got dark. We got a couple leads, but they were always at least a few days old by the time someone called. I was still hopeful, but we were getting discouraged.
The Call to LPP... Olivia is recovered
After both dogs had been gone 11 days, I called Karin TarQwyn on 11/10. After going over my case, she decided that we were a candidate for her tracking dogs. She designed signs, mapped out placements and told me how to answer the phone. She also made me put her on speed dial so I would call every time someone called me. Everything happened so fast and I was out putting up signs that day. As I was in the process, I got a call. A sweet lady thought she had Olivia. She wasn’t sure that it was her, but after a brief description, I knew that she had my Olivia. I got in the car and within a few minutes, I had Olivia back! It was bitter sweet, because I knew now that Lucy was still out there and she was by herself. Karin had told me that she thought the dogs may be separated, but I was convinced they would stay together. She was right. Now the hunt for Lucy was on.
Karin and her dogs arrive.
Karin came to my house on 11/12. We started from my house where the dog's had escaped and found that they had both crossed the creek behind our house. After that we went to check all the sightings. We found that none of the sightings were Lucy nor Olivia. We regrouped. We knew that the two dogs had been separated for at least a week because the lady who found Olivia, said that Olivia had been hanging around her neighborhood since Monday 11/7. The woman said she had never seen Lucy. Karin theorized at this point that Olivia had been hit by a car as she was injured and had to be hospitalized. Karin thought may be Lucy and Olivia had been separated when Olivia was in the accident. Later, this would prove to most likely be the truth.
During the search... a call comes in.
A lady stated that she just saw a black dog with a purple collar and it sounded like Lucy. We all raced over to the sighting. I did not see a black dog and I went deeper into the woods to see if I could find it. Karin quickly got out K9 Camden to see if this really was Lucy. Camden said yes and he began to track Lucy through the back of the neighborhood and then into the woods. As we were following Camden through the woods, Karin stopped and said that I needed to go into the woods by myself, because since Lucy was ahead of us, we did not want to chase her away.
Finding Lucy in the woods... and she runs
The woods and briers were very thick and I had to find a walkable trail. I walked through the woods calling Lucy's name until I reached the end of the trail near a swampy pond. I was actually on the phone with my friend Bri, who was helping us, when I saw Lucy about 20 yards ahead of me. Bri put Karin on the phone and Karin instructed me to sit down and talk to Lucy calmly. I was pretty hysterical at this point but I did as she said. After a few seconds, Lucy started to walk towards me, but then turned back and went further into the woods.
I was now very deep in the woods and Karin told me not to worry and to sit down and just keep talking to Lucy. I knew she didn’t go far, because she just kind of walked into the woods, instead of bolting. So I sat down in the trail and called my husband to give him an update. I wanted Lucy to hear my voice and I tried to stay as calm as possible. After about 10 minutes of being on the phone, Lucy came running up to me and licked my face. I quickly attached the leash to her collar and gave her the biggest tear filled hug ever. I called Karin who now had to find us.
After about twenty minutes, Karin found us but Lucy was very frightened and would not go anywhere near the busy road so I sat with her in the woods while Karin got my car, stopped traffic and got near our location. I was able to carry Lucy from the woods and we were able to finally get her in the car and back home.
Both of my babies are now back home and they are both recovering. Like Olivia, Lucy was also injured and we think both dogs were hit by a car as Karin had thought. If Karin and her team were not here, we would have never found Lucy. She was a long way from the sighting by the time I got there and I would have went to the location, looked in the woods but would have never went that deep into the woods without Camden to guide us.
"We are so thankful for Karin & her team! She is truly an expert and a blessing to anyone searching for their missing pet."
Amanda Robinson Smyrna, Tennessee
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