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What would you do if you found this?

I found this Thanksgiving morning in an open space where I take my dogs for a walk that has a lot of coyote activity. Notice it's faded and rusted. It'd been out there at least a year. There is a pet's name and phone number on the tag.

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Comment by Claudia Inoue on December 1, 2009 at 9:04pm
Oooyyyyyyyyyyyyy, so sad to hear about the tail you found, Zippity! I have one cat and I do NOT let her out unless I am right there with her on the back porch. I couldn't imagine losing her like that or never finding her again and wondering for the rest of my life....I believe you did the RIGHT thing making that call....if people don't want to know, why do they put collars with phone numbers on their animals? It seems silly. You did the right thing.
Comment by Julie L on December 1, 2009 at 8:18pm
Oh Jo, that is amazing! I've passed this place where the collar was many times over the years and I just noticed it glint on Thanksgiving. Closure is an elusive thing, made worse when you don't know what happened. For me, as much as it hurts, knowing the hard truth is better than not knowing.
Comment by Claudia Inoue on December 1, 2009 at 10:15am
JoCady, what a moving and heartfelt comment, no need to apologize for the length of it, it was wonderful to read and brought tears to my eyes...thank you for taking the time to share!!!!! This is what this site is all about!
Comment by Jo Cady on December 1, 2009 at 10:13am
P.S. I will post some photos of Kevin in the next few days.
Comment by Jo Cady on December 1, 2009 at 10:10am
Julie...Around mid summer my Manx cat "Kevin" was missing.
After being absent for two days, I came to the realization that Coyotes had probably taken I decided to search the arroyos' around our house, sure enough I discovered a small tuft of Kevin's fur on the west side of our property. This was hard to accept, but provided some closure.
I still had an intense feeling of unrest regarding the situation, then while walking my Dogs (on the west side of the property) I saw what I thought was a Coyote running into this arroyo, quietly I made my way into the area while the dogs were off doing their thing, I wanted to see if I could spot any tracks or sign of Coyote activity or presence of tracks. With my eyes glued to the fine soil of the arroyos' wash, I noticed a glint of something shiny, it was slightly buried under the fine soil (and beneath a perfect heart rock) after moving the rock and brushing away the soil, I found Kevin’s' collar! What are the odds of that happening? As a tears formed in my eyes, a smile came to my face! My friend was back with me in a way! Was the sighting of the Coyote that lead me to this spot an apparition, a spirit maybe? It was a quarter mile away from where I had found Kevin’s' fur! Any way to make a long story short...I was so happy to find my friends only remaining material possession....I keep this collar in a safe place and feel that Kevin is with me now in spirit (safe at home) and now I rest easier! Sorry about the lengthy comment, but when I saw this photo of the collar, it took me back to that day and I thought you might like to hear that story.

I would want some one like you to call me if you had found my best friends collar....that is what they are for!

Comment by Bobbi Heller on November 30, 2009 at 5:17pm
I believe not knowing what happened is the worst so I believe that calling the number on the tag was the right thing to do.
Comment by Claudia Inoue on November 29, 2009 at 10:53am
Yikes! I didn't consider the angle of opening old many different angles to everything in life...3 years ago, wow! I would have called too though....
Comment by Julie L on November 29, 2009 at 10:40am
Well of course I called but I waited until Friday. I brought it up because I talked to a friend about it with a different perspective. He had said they may have already come to terms, come up with a story of what they decided must have happened and I'd be opening old wounds. So I called and I think she was in a bit of shock. She was quiet, sort of guarded. She didn't offer up any information. I'm not sure if it was a small dog or cat, boy or girl. But the pet was lost 3 years ago. She asked me where I found it. She thanked me and said I could throw it away. The name of the pet indicated to me it was probably much loved and spoiled. I didn't think twice about calling, but it did feel like I opened old wounds. Having lost a dog unexpectedly 3 years ago, I'm not sure if now I could handle hearing more details of her last moments if someone came forward with more information. Shari I do remember your story and it's amazing! Closure is important. And it's true the collar could have fallen off and the pet is with some other owner now.
Comment by Claudia Inoue on November 28, 2009 at 9:03pm
PS: The dog may have just lost it and may be alive and safe? We once lost Nita's tags (and collar) up in Taos on a hike and had to get her all new ones, never found them...
Comment by Claudia Inoue on November 28, 2009 at 8:59pm
I would DEFINITELY call!!! Closure, even if it's bad news, is always better than uncertainty!!!! If it was your dog's tag, wouldn't YOU want to know, Julie?

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