Lost: May 12, 2014
Retrieved: June 6, 2014
Outcome: Returned to owner
Case Manager: Jen Eidbo and Greg James
Princess, a young German Shepherd, took flight from her home during the commotion of a medical emergency for her owner. During the loud noise and open doors of the emergency responders, Princess bolted through one of the open doors. She was seen numerous times over the course of the next three weeks and each time she seemed to settle into an area, another event would drive her away.
A friend of the owner reached out to The Retrievers to ask for help. Angie had done many things right with flyering and awareness to the public, and it appeared that after a few days, Princess had settled into another area. The area was rural with groves of trees, some newly planted cornfields and an interstate freeway within a 1/4-mile that had us all concerned.
With the assistance of Angie, a feeding station was set up near Princess’ safe area. The landowners nearby had all seen Princess here and there and wanted to help however they could. Once the feeding station was set up, Princess was seen returning to it frequently and Angie did a great job of keeping it stocked and safe. We often try to keep feeding stations and the trap in conspicuous areas. It was about a 200 yard walk to get food and water to the feeding station. But the location was quiet and Princess grew to be comfortable with it.
After waiting for approximately 90 minutes with no sign of Princess, and with a severe thunderstorm moving in, Greg decided to pitch his tent behind his jeep and get ready for the night. It was during this moment that Greg heard the gate of the trap close. Upon looking through binoculars, it was determined that either Princess or a black bear was in the trap eating food. After approaching the trap, it was quickly determined that it was in fact Princess, who was now trying to ram her way out of the trap gate that was locked.
Princess quickly calmed down after getting some pieces of hot dog from Greg. Angie was called and showed up on-site minutes later. Princess was covered in ticks and had mosquitoes landing all over her face for a meal. Greg and Angie were able to coax Princess directly into a crate from the trap. Once inside, Princess and the crate were slid on the ground to Angie’s car where she was loaded and immediately taken to the vet for care. She had lost significant weight and the ticks and mosquitoes were of concern.
Princess was, for the most part, given a clean bill of health. She had some sores and was given some Heartworm tablets, but no other long term effects. She was happily returned to her owner and we’re told was very excited to see her. Princess could hardly wait to get out of the crate to be next to her owner.
Thanks to Angie for reaching out to us and doing everything you did to get Princess home. It was another successful ending and Princess is safe again.