That Girl’s Blog: Samson, Please Come Home!

Samson Has Been Missing For Over a Month

Does it seem like there are a lot of pets that have gone missing on the Cape in the past year? If you follow any of the social media pages, it seems like new posts and pictures pop up daily for missing cats and dogs. I have also seen weekly posts from agencies with stray dogs and cats that have wanderedinto helpful family yards and police departments with pleas to find lost owners. Perhaps it’s simply that social media has given us a way to tell our neighbors that our sweet furry friends have gone missing and hopefully will come home.

You probably remember the happy ending to the long “tail” about Lyoness, the Newfoundland dog who wandered off in a blizzard while under the care of a dog sitter. It was a stressful story that unfolded over the course of several weeks through miserable winter weather. Happily, Lyoness eventually gave in to her hunger and crept into a large cage that had been set up as a trap with a camera and food.

Unfortunately, another gentle giant dog is wandering loose. Samson, a 6 year old 85 pound Burmese Mountain Dog, has been missing for over a month. He was spooked and broke loose while on a walk in the Cotuit area. Samson seems to be more skittish than Lyoness, which is making it even more difficult to get a good lead on his whereabouts.

Personally, I cannot think of a more stressful thing than the thought of my dog going missing. Dogs offer us unconditional love and we want to return that love the best we can. When our companions go missing, we are often at a loss for what to do.

Make flyers? Post on Facebook? Pray? Wander the neighborhood calling their name? YES! Do everything you can!

But what happens when the hours turn into days that drag into weeks that grind into a month?

In some cases, you look for professionals to help you. Yes, for a fee, you can hire a group like PackLeader Pettrackers. This is a group based in Rhode Island. They usually work in other areas of New England and upstate New York, but this is the group who finally trapped Lyoness.

There are several volunteer groups in the area with Facebook pages. They are incredibly helpful at spreading the word about lost pets… And also spreading the word about lost owners when stray animals turn up withoutcollars at police stations and in yards. They spend a lot of time doing what they can to help in these situations.

I know there have also been some negative posts directed towards the professional trackers and the dog owners who have hired them. I have talked with the trackers and they have pretty thick skin. At the end of the day, they have a job and their job it to help locate a missing dog. The sleep-deprived and emotionally drained owners of the lost dogs may not be as used to the darker side ofsocial media. They just want to be reunited with their loved ones.

I have watched the social media pages and I am saddened and dismayed by the judgments passed by the people who give negative advice and hurtful comments towards another dog lover. You don’t have to agree with someone’s methods. There is no rule book for finding a lost pet. You cannot completely predict how an animal will react in a particularly stressful situation any more than you can predict exactly how a person will react in a stressful situation. A scared dog may run until it’s exhausted… He may simply wander just out of reach for hours… He may run towards you with slobbery kisses… He may also reel around and bite out of fear.

Samson

I cannot tell you what method is right or wrong. Every situation is different.

I can, however, gently remind you that there is a great big fluffy dog missing in the woods. He has been out there for over a month. He was adopted and relocated to the Cape about a year ago, when he was 5 years old. He is not named Samson after our beloved Sampson’s Island in Cotuit, as I thought. He was given the name because his new owner had to cut off all his hair when he arrived on the Cape because it was so filthy and matted from neglect. He was given this name by a women who loves him and misses him very much.

I would ask you to please keep an eye out for Samson. He could be anywhere from Cotuit to Marstons Mills to Centerville or even Mashpee by now. He is so timid and scared that he will not respond to food bribes, well-meaning dog lovers or other dogs.

If you think you see Samson, please call the local animal control officer or the MSPCA shelter in Centervillewith the exact location of the sighting. Be aware and understanding. This is emotional for everyone involved.

I believe we can have another happy ending, don’t you?

About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.


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