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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:26 pm 
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A suburban greyhound was out in the February cold late this afternoon, exploiting a not-quite-latched door right around walk time.

The family got out into the area, called the hotline and also police -- where they got the good news that the dog had already shown up a couple blocks away.

A quick and happy ending, to which we'll briefly and anonymously flag an opportunity for improvement: collar and tags on dogs at all times. It's not uncommon to hear that someone did not expect the dog to get loose, hence there wasn't ID on the dogs.

Be careful out there, but don't hesitate to call like this owner did should you run into trouble. We are here.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:04 pm 
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A greyhound got loose in an urban area this morning; his adopter described the escape as the dog shooting out an open garage door. The area was checked, hotline called and police notified.

Within not too many minutes, a very nice lady at the local bowling alley called to say the dog had followed someone right into the place. A collar and tag led the finder straight to the right place, so good job, adopter! The dog was fine, and the adopter happily headed over to collect the dog.

(Shameless plug for greyhounds and bowling alleys: Pins for Paws is back!)

We're happy to share anonymous stories of those things that can happen to any of us (and have happened to some or even many of us) - especially in these cold and windy days when bad things can quickly happen.

Don't hesitate to call if you need us: 414-301-2599


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:38 pm 
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Catching up on two similar, late-July cases. One more urban, one more suburban, but both calls to the hotline from good neighbors finding themselves wandering greyhounds.

We don't have any immediate lessons from either escape, and will jump right into things that went right that we can all continue to learn and practice - mainly having a collar on your greyhound at all times (yes, it's not uncommon for us to hear that someone didn't plan on the dog to escape and therefore it didn't have a collar on at the time!) with current ID that includes our hotline number.

Enjoy the summer - be safe - and call if you need us.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:08 pm 
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A dog is home safe tonight after what amounted to a visit to the rural neighbors'...but it took awhile to piece together as we had an outdated recently address.

Thankfully we got the call of the dog being found due to a GPA-WI tag on the collar.

Please feel free to send your current address and contact information to records@gpawisconsin.org if you're not sure if we might have it. When someone's holding a dog, we're sometimes racing the clock as to how long the finder can hang onto it, keep it away from their cats, decide to hand over to authorities, etc. - so the more ways we have to reach you or a trusted person, the better.

Have a safe summer,

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:00 pm 
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A hotline call this afternoon came from someone arriving home to a greyhound in the yard. The dog was wearing a collar without tags and while it did not have ear tattoos, a texted photo (beautiful dog!) assured us we were on the right track. As it turns out, the caller was a previous greyhound adopter and knew the right tricks to grab and secure the hound. We were just heading out to pick up the dog pending further disposition when the caller rang again with the good news that the owner pulled up while cruising the neighborhood.

In talking with the owner, we learned the dog was adopted out of state and off the farm due to injury at a very young age and therefore no tattoos. A new collar had recently been swapped in, but the tags not moved. This isn't the first time we've heard this sort of thing, and as regular readers know we pass on these little lessons in the hope they can help someone else going forward. We're adding our new greyhound neighbors' info (the dog is microchipped, which is also good) in the database and reminding them of the greyt community here among GPA-WI.

Tomorrow would normally be a scheduled test of the hotline that we do internally just to make sure it's working - but we'll skip it given a bunch of successful calls this week. This is what it's there for, so please make sure it's in your phone as one more line of defense of our precious pups.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:05 am 
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A call from a suburban adopter reported a loose hound with leash attached. Nearby police had been notified and family were on the streets looking.

We didn't learn exact details of the escape, but mention it during this busy time of the year as a general reminder. Good things here were quick notification of law enforcement (likely to get a call from someone not holding the dog and looking at our tag), the family looking, the dog wearing collar and tags, and a fast hotline call.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:54 am 
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A second Thanksgiving weekend case overnight: A brother and sister called the hotline just before midnight Saturday after finding a dog where the city meets the farmland. The dog was standing in the road, and walked away from the callers who were able to follow and grab onto it.

We've met great people like this before, but are eager to use these stories to remind ourselves that not everyone will take the time to help a dog like this in the middle of the night - so when they do, it's very important to have useful contact information on the dog. When volunteers rolled up to collect this dog, the finders were standing on a field road holding the dog by the collar. They were in a two-seater car, and weren't sure what they'd have done had they not been able to reach someone quickly and easily. The dog is back home, from where it escaped through an open gate (#1 cause of loose greyhounds, we've always heard) that's getting padlocked today.

Be safe and call anytime: 414-301-2599


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:23 pm 
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A greyhound this afternoon grabbed some sun and 33 degree weather after getting by a dog sitter, out the front door and into a somewhat-suburban, somewhat-rural area.

The family mobilized relatives and called the hotline, and before we were even done checking in with authorities a family member had the dog back home safely.

We're as usual sharing the generic story so as not to forget how fast this can happen to any of us. And to note that there's experienced help available 24 hours a day at 414-301-2599.


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