Our little Chason, the road warrior, has died. "
Chase" is pretty famous in Toronto rescue circles. He was only 8 years old, if I remember correctly, originally an Ohio dog. He landed in rescue here back in the Fall? I think, of 2010. Shortly thereafter, when being transferred to a foster home, he bolted and ran. Then, he lead us on a very merry chase through Etobicoke for three full weeks over the Christmas period. Never has SUCH a large posse mounted to go looking for one little lost dog! I remember we had about 35 volunteers, searching around the clock. Finally, one afternoon, after MASSIVE campaigning in the community, we got a call that not only was there a sighting, but we may have found where he was holing up! Sure enough, we get out to this little house in Etobicoke, it's now gone dark, we've called his rescue mom and she's travelling in from out of town... there were about six of us rescuers there - and we blocked every inch of that yard so he couldn't get out. Finally, the foster mom Jackie Parkin, arrived with some lucious treats, as SOON has he heard her voice, he started to move forward and come out from under the deck ...and we were able to grab him. Oh the relief and happiness of the entire team! Chase went on to live very happily with Jackie, until he succumbed to cancer last week, at the age of eight. (I've long since forgotten the name of the wonderful couple who called him in, but I know you're on this newsletter, so if you read this, please accept our thanks once again for putting your shoulder to it that day and making the call.)
So here's Chase's legacy
: When we were done the search and Chase was safely back home with his rescuer (where he remained), a few of us put together a pretty comprehensive document called the
C4P Amber Alert for Lost Pets
, outlining the best and most effective practices we discovered and used during the search. In the in ensuing years, hundreds of people with lost dogs have received that package via email and on Facebook. So Chase, you little road warrior you, well done boy. I know I can speak for every member of your rescue team, in saying that we all loved you very, very much. And we are indebted to you as well. Thank you for your service Chase. RIP.
You can get a copy of the C4P Amber Alert for Lost Pets at the link below. If I could ask everyone to do one thing for Chase, it would be to please download this document to your desktops and/or bookmark it, and USE IT USE IT USE IT when you see a posting for lost pets. It's brought more than one dog safely home. So don't just "like" a lost dog poster -- send the family this link: