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Golden retriever leads owner to missing sibling [w/pix, vid]
MNN ^ | Oct 18 2012 | Laura Moss

Posted on 10/30/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Two golden retrievers that were missing for two weeks are now back where they belong after one found his way home and led his owner to his canine brother.

On Sept. 26, Baxter and Bailey were tied together on a double leash outside their Sandwich, Mass., home, but somehow they got loose and ran away. Owner Penny Blackwell searched for the dogs, made fliers and asked for help from her Facebook community, but she couldn’t find them.

“I had pretty much given up hope that they were going to come home,” Blackwell told CBS.

Two weeks later, while she was on a business trip, Blackwell got a text from a friend saying one of the dogs had been found. When she returned home, she found an antsy Baxter waiting for her.

Blackwell took Baxter back to the area where he’d been found in hopes of finding Bailey, and the dog took the lead.

“Baxter kind of led me off the side through the woods. I had twigs in my eyes and leaves in my hair,” Blackwell said.

Baxter pulled Penny down a wooded path until they found Bailey, whose leash was tangled in some bushes.

“I could hardly get him untied because he was jumping on me and jumping on Baxter because he was so happy to see us,” Blackwell said.

The dogs each lost 8 to 10 pounds while they were missing, but other than that, Blackwell says Baxter and Bailey are happy and healthy.

“Baxter’s my hero for taking me there,” she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at mnn.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: doggieping
Pix, vid at source.

A little something for FR's dog lovers.

1 posted on 10/30/2012 11:31:37 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping!


2 posted on 10/30/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Two golden retrievers

One each box of rocks and sack of hammers, but loyal to the end. Just say 'bang' and they start looking for falling ducks.

Sounds like the owner needs to work them, so they don't get into trouble.

/johnny

3 posted on 10/30/2012 11:40:39 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows

thanx


4 posted on 10/30/2012 11:43:58 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

First question... Why were they tied up outside alone on a leash?


5 posted on 10/30/2012 11:44:51 AM PDT by TBBT
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To: stuartcr

My pleasure.


6 posted on 10/30/2012 11:45:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They ran away. “Bad dog!”

They came home. “Good dog!”

Gotta love Goldens. They can be naughty, but they’re a beautiful breed.


7 posted on 10/30/2012 11:46:50 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: TBBT
First question... Why were they tied up outside alone on a leash?

Smiley - Confused - 2

8 posted on 10/30/2012 11:47:02 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

bttt


9 posted on 10/30/2012 12:04:09 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I love a happy ending.


10 posted on 10/30/2012 12:11:52 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

11 posted on 10/30/2012 12:31:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sunshine Sister

Amen.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 12:50:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great story. Usually when goldens disappear around here, they’ve been stolen.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 12:54:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Why did this idiot leave them tied up while she left town. Something smells about this story.


14 posted on 10/30/2012 12:59:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I thinkI have seen pic of those dogs before.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 1:01:34 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Sorry, it seems I misread. Left town after dogs went missing. However, something still stinks here. I could swear I have seen these dogs before not in connection with them missing. I still say why were these dogs tied up in the yard. That can make them aggressive.


16 posted on 10/30/2012 1:05:02 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TBBT

Good question.


17 posted on 10/30/2012 1:12:11 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: freekitty

They could have just been tied up for 30 seconds. I’ve done that.

Come home from a walk in which my beagle decided to roll in HUMAN FECES. No way was she coming in the house like that. I tied her outside while I went in the house to get a plastic garbage bag to wrap her in so I could get her to where she could be hosed off (and washed six times and fumigated and scrubbed and destunkified and hosed some more).

I’ve brought dogs home from extremely muddy, stinky walks involving ponds, ducks, dead deer, deer urine, etc. and have said, “No way are you going in the house, stay here while I get the hose and a towel or three.”

So the owner might not have abandoned them outside; she might just have tied them too loosely for a couple of minutes.


18 posted on 10/30/2012 1:21:20 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"somehow they got loose and ran away."

I tend to agree (though I'd use the descriptions for the owner(s))

Why wouldn't they just return when called?

19 posted on 10/30/2012 1:33:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ottbmare

Possibly. Just stating my opinion.


20 posted on 10/30/2012 1:49:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m lucky enough to have two goldens, an 8 year old female who’s well trained and smart as a whip, our 3 yr old male we adopted when he was a year & a half old, he’s still a big mooshy puppy and not the sharpest pencil in the golden retreiver box, but still a great dog and a retreiving machine.
Almost forgot, this morning while out on an errand, I left the pantry door open and mr shithead decided to eat a half-full can of cashews-he’s eaten worse


21 posted on 10/30/2012 2:00:42 PM PDT by orlop9
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To: orlop9

Could’ve been worse, you betcha.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 2:01:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Paladin2
Dogs are dogs. If there's a problem, it's the owner/handler that's at fault.

You have to admit, though, no retriever is going to win a Nobel prize for anything more complicated than "Duh...".

/johnny

23 posted on 10/30/2012 2:02:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Dog Intellignece Rank by Breed
1 Border Collie
2 Poodle
3 German Shepherd
4 Golden Retriever
5 Doberman Pinscher
6 Shetland Sheepdog
7 Labrador Retriever
8 Papillon
9 Rottweiler
10 Australian Cattle Dog

#4 on the doggie smarts list.

Have two goldens. Great dogs. They’re part magician, don’tcha know. They can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich disappear off the cabinet without you seeing them, while you’re standing right there.

They’re only as smart as their owners let them be.

Squirrel!


24 posted on 10/30/2012 2:21:53 PM PDT by Larry - Moe and Curly (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: Larry - Moe and Curly

I’m a Sheltie gal myself.


25 posted on 10/30/2012 2:30:08 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Larry - Moe and Curly
LOL! Squirrel, indeed. Oooh. shiny!

I've had 2 labs, and hosted a golden for a year or so until she got to go home, so, I'm familiar with their habits.

I don't bird hunt these days, so I won't be getting another retriever, of any kind, but I have been thinking about getting a standard poodle for the pig hunts.

/johnny

26 posted on 10/30/2012 2:36:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Larry - Moe and Curly

To add to the list of very smart dogs...

Belgian Malinois (much smarter than GSDs, and faster too)

The Havanese - a small dog almost done in by Cuba’s Castro regime, often used in circus acts.


27 posted on 10/30/2012 3:02:16 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: JRandomFreeper

Friend of mine had an Irish Setter that used to get lost at the end of her leash.


28 posted on 10/30/2012 3:08:37 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Friend of mine had an Irish Setter that used to get lost at the end of her leash.


29 posted on 10/30/2012 3:08:42 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Chickensoup

years ago a cousin had an irish setter, he couldn’t smell a quail if it sat on his head, but when he saw one of the pointers lock down on a bird, he’d throw the prettiest point you’ve ever seen


30 posted on 10/30/2012 4:20:25 PM PDT by orlop9
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To: JRandomFreeper

The OWNER sounds like she has the intelligence of a bo of rocks and a sack of hammers. Why would you leave your dog(s) tied TOGETHER outside. That is just an accident waiting to happen. I’m glad that they were found, but I think the owner needs to take some dog parenting classes.


31 posted on 10/30/2012 5:10:03 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: jacquej
The Havanese - a small dog almost done in by Cuba’s Castro regime, often used in circus acts.

After years of large dogs, my friend bought 2 "Havamalts" -- a cross of Havanese/Maltese. She's having so much fun with those little guys, and she is training them just like she did her big dogs. They are taking very well to it.

32 posted on 10/30/2012 5:12:41 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JRandomFreeper
You have to admit, though, no retriever is going to win a Nobel prize for anything more complicated than "Duh...".

'Scuse me! We had to SPELL in front of my (late) female Golden. She was scary smart. She slipped a disc when she was 4 and couldn't do field work anymore. (She lived to 15 1/2) To entertain her, I invented the "bird" game. We kept a duck, or pheasant, wing in the freezer. I would hide it some place in the house, and tell her the "find the bird".

They only way I could stump her was to take the wing upstairs. That confused her. It was hilarious to watch her track my footsteps until she found the wing and brought it back to me. But when I took it upstairs, she'd stand at the bottom of the stairs sniffing the air and looking confused. She'd find it eventually.

She also wanted to cheat. Somebody would have to hold her and cover her eyes while I hid the wing because she'd try to peek around the corner to see where I was going. She was a great dog.

33 posted on 10/30/2012 5:21:51 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
S'ok... I didn't mean that in a bad way.

I had to spell things in front of some of my airmen, too, so I understand. None of them were going to be up for the Nobel, either. ;)

They are cute, enthusiastic, and just smart enough to get into worlds and worlds of trouble if you don't watch them like a hawk. Dogs or the E-2/3s.

/johnny

34 posted on 10/30/2012 5:29:00 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I have to admit that my current Golden is not so long on smarts. He’s not dumb, but he isn’t as bright as the late female was. If they had lived together, I could see her getting him into a lot of trouble, and he’d love every minute of it.

But, but himself, he’s just a big, sweet lover boy. He comes to work with us every day and has traveled from coast to coast in the car with us.

We are really worried about him right now. He was just diagnosed with Lyme disease and is under treatment. He’s a little better, but it looked pretty grim over the weekend. He’s about 12 and has never had any orthopedic problems. He just suddenly went lame — big time. I mean SUDDENLY. He’s been into the vet for vomiting and a fever, and then the next day couldn’t walk.


35 posted on 10/30/2012 5:36:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
She also wanted to cheat.

If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.

She sounds like she was a great dog.

/johnny

36 posted on 10/30/2012 5:50:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

She sounds like a wonderful dog. I imagine you have lots of stories.


37 posted on 10/30/2012 9:13:48 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Slings and Arrows

All doggie fans,

I would highly recommend that you buy an embroidered collar for your pup pals. I can attest to the effectiveness of such a collar. You can order them on e-bay, or any number of outlets. You should order them with highly contrasting collars so the contact information is clear as day to whomever finds your pup.

Just include your dog’s name and your phone number, cell phone is best. This way your address is not at risk and if you use a cell number, then you can be contacted while you are out searching...

When I had Mocha Girl Dog (MGD), she escaped twice. First she broke through my screen door while I was napping and I had a very hard time finding her. I happened to find her by chance only....then the 2nd time she somehow broke out of my fenced in yard, but by that time I had purchased the collar I describe above. Hers was red with dark blue letters. I received a call within minutes of my discovering her escape!

Again, I highly recommend that type of collar!


38 posted on 10/31/2012 7:45:29 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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