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Sable is so lost! Can anyone help?

February 22nd, 2007, 03:05 PM
Sable, our Shepherd/Norwegian Elkhound cross has been missing since
the end of August/06 from our cottage just south of Orillia on Lake
Dalrymple. I think we have done all the things we should do with ads,
posters, fliers etc but still no Sable. I think I have posted him on all the
internet sites I can find. We live in Oshawa which is about 75 miles from
Orillia where all the sitings have been. Sable has been seen many times
along Lake Simcoe from Beaverton around the lake north and back down into
Barrie going in and out of cottages looking for home. The last confirmed sighting we had was in Hawkestone just off the rail trail in late January.
We have had a couple of other sightings but none confirmed, the latest
Feb. 12th.
We are fearing the worst but hoping for a miracle. Sable is a survivor and has some good hunting skills and a very thick winter coat.
We go to the SPCA in Orillia whenever we can but with the distance it is
There have been so many incredible and caring strangers we have met
thru it all and for all their kindness I am grateful.
It has just been my son and I in the search for Sable. We have spent countless hours driving to Orillia and running down leads. We have had some folks call us and say they have Sable but when we get there it is not him and the SPCA is called and hopefully they are reunited with their owners and for that I am thankful.
We are not giving up but the search has been very long and stressful and
without new leads it is very discouraging.If anyone can give us any ideas on
how to proceed it would be most appreciated.
My heart goes out to all of the others who have missing is just heartbreaking...

Dog Dancer
February 22nd, 2007, 03:27 PM
I'm so sorry your Sable is missing. I don't live anywhere near or have any advice other than don't give up hope. At least you're still getting sightings. My thoughts are with you for a good result. Sable please come home. Have you thought about maybe leaving articles of clothing that smell of you in some areas where he's been sighted. Maybe he'd return to the clothing and someone would see him. Just a thought.

February 22nd, 2007, 03:34 PM
Thanks so much for your thoughts...we have left clothing, food, we have taken our two females in heat to sighting areas.
We have put in a toll free # for sightings 1-800-445-6395
We tried a humane trap in a couple of area but nothing
Has anyone tried animal communicators. We have tried a couple and one
was helpful to some extent but....not sure

February 22nd, 2007, 03:48 PM
Is Sable microchipped, tattoed or licenced ? If so, what I did when my grrrl was missing was fax, mail or email a picture of, in your case, Sable and his info to every Vet, Animal Control Services and Groomer's in that part of Ontario. Also try the Feed Stores, the local BIA's and the local Commerce Association. Hawkestone and Beaverton are a heck of way from Orillia ~your boy is clearly looking for you ~ best wishes :fingerscr

February 22nd, 2007, 03:57 PM
Thanks for your suggestions.. Sable is microchipped, tatooed, and he
did have Oshawa tags as well as id tag with info on it. When he was
sighted in Barrie back Nov. 3rd he still had his collar on. There has been
a couple of sightings since then but with a brown leather collar and a
piece of broken chain on it. We can only presume that someone did have him and he broke away. He is a very strong dog.
I have been in to most of the vets in the Orillia/Barrie area and left
flyers with them. I have been into the pounds and shelters and have
emailed anywhere he might be heading from Haliburton/Midland to
People have been so kind in reporting their sightings but most of the time
it is a day or two later and by then he has moved on again. We have had
a couple of sightings that have been within hours but by the time we get there he is not there. It sometimes seems like we are tracking a "phantom dog".
Again thanks...knowing someone cares helps

February 22nd, 2007, 04:24 PM
Shirley ~ we do care. While not everyone on this board will respond, most of us will pass your info along to other boards or to our Vets or to SPCA's or we will keep simply keep your sweetie in mind

Never give up hope. If you put up posters a month ago, do so again in a bright pink. Phone, fax and mail and post again and again. I've been there, I know and I am happy to report I got my grrrl back, I wish the same for you.

February 22nd, 2007, 05:21 PM
It sounds like you've done everything possible that there is to do. Will Sable come to a stranger if called? I hope you are re-united with him soon. Good luck and good vibes coming your way. :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes:

February 22nd, 2007, 05:57 PM
Thanks...I will do anything to find him. I don't know if he would come..spoke with a pet detective out in Washington State and she doesn't think he would. She says he will be in survival mode and may not even come for us.
We have a couple of things we are still looking into...long shots but any shot is better than none after this fellow thought he saw someone walking Sable north of Orillia and knows the area he was from....a farmer
told another wonderful soul who has been keeping me posted in an area
west of Orillia that a "coyote" who was injured had taken refuse in a loft
of a local barn. Sable has often been mistaken for a coyote (one of the
reasons it takes people seeing his picture to realize it was a dog they saw
and they don't call in the sighting for a few days) and we have an
unconfirmed sighting on the trail outside of Coldwater as well to follow up on.
Thanks to everyone who gives me the courage not to give up.

February 22nd, 2007, 06:08 PM
Fingers crossed that one of the tips leads to Sable. Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes:

February 24th, 2007, 02:53 PM
Well the one lead - the coyote didn't work out - the farmer
says it was definitely a coyote.
I feel so helpless. A month ago we were getting leads every week..
lots of sightings and spent almos all of my time following the leads and
looking for nothing and I don't know what to do.

February 24th, 2007, 03:12 PM
Awww Shirley,I am so sorry,I could imagine nothing worse than not knowing:sad:
It is possible someone has taken him in,liked him and kept him,maybe a farmer who is not necessarily going to rush him to a vet.
But please don't give up hope of getting Sable back,we are all:pray: that you will get that one very important phonecall:fingerscr

February 24th, 2007, 04:27 PM
Thanks for the optomism!
The one thing that really upsets me that in my search for Sable I have
come to find out that Vets are not required to scan for a microchip and
that someone who has picked up a stray dog or even stolen a dog
may not ever caught. My next crusade is to have a new "patient"
pet be scanned as a mandatory procedure by the vet. A list of
lost and stolen pets could be sent to the vet for them to check.
I'm sure there are a lot of pet owners who could have been saved a lot
of agony if this was mandatory.
Again, I am hoping for a miracle.

February 24th, 2007, 05:03 PM
Don't ever give up, Shirley.....miracles do happen.

We live in Oshawa which is about 75 miles from
Orillia where all the sitings have been. Sable has been seen many times
along Lake Simcoe from Beaverton around the lake north and back down into
Barrie going in and out of cottages looking for home. The last confirmed sighting we had was in Hawkestone just off the rail trail in late January.
We have had a couple of other sightings but none confirmed, the latest
Feb. 12th.

I don't know the area in Ontario but is Sable heading towards Oshawa? :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes:

February 25th, 2007, 02:50 AM
Oh Shirley. I am so so sorry that you are going through this. My heart is absolutely breaking for you. I can't even imagine what you must be going through not knowing where he is. :sad:

Your post really hit home for me because our dog Raven (a female shiba inu/shepherd mix that we adopted in Bowmanville 6 months ago) is so strinkingly similar in appearance to Sable in the pic you posted. I honestly did a double take when I first looked. People often tell us that she looks like a coyote too. Raven tolerates the cold exceptionally well with her winter coat in and is a natural hunter so I think it's entirely possible that Sable could fend for himself through a cold Ontario winter.

I'm going to email the picture of Sable to my in-laws, aunt, uncle and cousins in Barrie and tell them to call me immediately should they ever see a dog in their neighbourhood that looks like him.

Please know that I'll be praying extra hard for Sable. :pray: That he finds his way back to his loving family after all this time. Please don't give up because miracles DO happen! :goodvibes:

By the way, it's nice to see someone from my neck of the woods on here! I only wish it was different circumstances that brought you here. (((hug)))

February 25th, 2007, 07:02 AM
Wow! I took a double take too and if it wasn't a female .... most folks
who have called on sightings have said how much he looked like a
coyote and then seeing his picture in the paper they knew it had been
him. We haven't had any calls in the past couple of weeks....but then
maybe someone does have him...... We love him so much and miss
him terribly and we have searched so hard to find him and I hope if
something has happened to him he knows how much we loved him and
spent so much time following leads and looking for him. Thanks for
your prayers and your encouragement....I hope he has made it.

February 26th, 2007, 12:54 PM
WE just had a call from Washago north of Orillia but when we sent
her thru coloured pictures she said the dog she saw had no tan on him
so I guess it's not him...but we need to go up and look. At least we
know kind folks are still looking for our missing Sable and pray someone sees him. I feel so helpless being this far away from where he was lost.

February 26th, 2007, 05:07 PM
More good wishes being sent your way. :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes:

Do the confirmed sightings of Sable show that he is heading towards home?

February 26th, 2007, 06:08 PM
No...he is totally lost. He is circling Lake Simcoe looking for the cottage but he is on the wrong lake. We don't know how he got over onto Lake Simcoe..if someone picked him up and he ran but he has been back tracking around the lake.

February 26th, 2007, 07:01 PM
Is Lake Simcoe far from Lake Dalrymple? Could you stay at your cottage on the weekends and go searching? Is Lake Simcoe big or can you walk around it? I'm sorry for the dumbe questions but I'm not familiar with your area and I'm only picturing places where we have camped in B.C. :o

February 26th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Lake Simcoe is a really large lake. It would probably be about 125 miles around the lake. We lost him from our cottage which is about 20 miles to the east. They say that when they are lost they can smell water and the larger lake may have drawn him there. No we can't stay at our cottage...we sold it the week after he went missing so it means driving up there... which we have done sooo many times and I will whenever we get a sighting. The one we
had today, the lady took some photos but the dog was all black but was certainly the right size and shape for Sable.
Somehow Sable got into the town of Orillia. To do that he either had to
cross a bridge which I doubt he would have (it is very heavy traffic due to
a casino in the area) or he went up and around the lake which would have been about 30 miles. Sable has a very high stamina and it could have been what he did.
I just find I am feeling really alone and unproductive right now with no calls to follow up on and that I am failing him. I guess he call today at least means ppl are still watching for him. I hope the weather soon breaks so ppl are out and about more....that is maybe why the calls have been so scarce!
Again thanks for your interest and support, I really needed it.

February 27th, 2007, 03:11 PM
Just noticed on the site Ottawa location that Jace is
50 km. east of Ottawa. Has anyone heard that is a confirmed sighting?
I hope it is true and that they have had another sighting. I know too
well the feeling of not having any positive sightings....your life is just on
hold fearing the worst and waiting for the phone to ring or finding a
post on the internet. Our Sable is part German Shepherd as well and I
pray folks are right when they say they can make it.
To Jace and Sable....come home boys you are missed and we are all so
worried about you.

February 27th, 2007, 03:53 PM
Shirley,that was the last sighting of Jace,don't know what the date was,but it was a while back:sad:
We've all had our :fingerscr for Jace and he has some very devoted people looking for him,but I don't believe there has been any sightings for a while.:sad:
Even though people here might not have much to say,other than :fingerscr :pray: ,you should know that we are all anxiously waiting for some good news for Sable and you.
Please do not loose hope:pray:

February 27th, 2007, 03:59 PM
I found this little update on Jace from another forum...they beleive a female in the area that was picked up recently may have been who people are thinking was way to know for sure other than he is still out there somewhere?? I still think of him each and every day....Now we are thinking of Sable too! oh and Homer! Come home guys! Here is the last post on Jace!

Thank you Anna and everyone else for all your prayers and support.

I still think of Jace everyday but am at the point where I am not sure what to do. I still have hope but have given up on actively searching for him as we have had no sightings. I do however continue to call all the pounds and townships between Hawkesbury and Montreal every week, just so that they know that we are still looking for Jace.

Will update once again if I have any news.

marsupial mama
February 27th, 2007, 04:04 PM
Just came across this thread - I hope your Sable is found safe and well soon! :dog:

March 8th, 2007, 09:41 AM
I have just had a call from Barrie which is south of where Sable was
last seen. The lady said she saw him last nightin the area of
Huronia St. and Mapleview. She said he ran across a very busy street
and kept running west. She said he was very very thin. She has seen
colored pictures and does believe it was him.
If anyone is in the Barrie area, please keep a look out for him.
We will go up and look around over the next couple of days.
I guess I'm still praying for that miracle

March 8th, 2007, 09:52 AM
Shirley,please,please I hope you see him too and finally get him home:pray:
I know you've had tons of snow in Barrie,maybe that slows down his running a bit:fingerscr :pray:

Loves Labs
March 8th, 2007, 11:12 AM
Shirley, I hope this means a happy ending is near!

Wishing you all the luck in the world, keep us updated.

:fingerscr :pray: for Sable.

March 12th, 2007, 06:43 PM
This does sound promising. Sending lots of good luck your way. :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes: Please keep us posted. :fingerscr

March 12th, 2007, 08:54 PM
:fingerscr for a happy reunion !:goodvibes:

Loves Labs
March 12th, 2007, 10:34 PM
Any news??? :fingerscr

March 12th, 2007, 11:54 PM
My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family Shirley, and hopefully you'll find Sable soon. Keep us posted please...:fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes: :grouphug:

March 13th, 2007, 04:38 AM
:fingerscr that you find sable!!!!! Good luck and my thoughts and :pray: are with you.

March 13th, 2007, 07:30 AM
No News! We went up to the Barrie/Orillia area and hunted all weekend but
nothing. I went with another lady who has two shepherd/labs lost as
well in that area that went missing from a new adopted family. She runs
a rescue in Oshawa and the dogs had only been with the new family four days when they went missing and in the same area as Sable was last seen.
Hers went missing Jan. 12/07.
What wonderful news on Maddie!!!!! You don't know what hope that gives me to think that if one dog could survive this awful winter then perhaps mine has too.
Could you let me know the details on where they found Maddie...did someone have him or ??????
We won't give up. Thanks for all the support.

March 13th, 2007, 12:20 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that you never found Sable. I can imagine how heartwrenching that must be. Glad you are not giving up and my prayers and good wishes are being sent to you. :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes: :fingerscr

March 20th, 2007, 01:21 PM
sorry about Sable, maybe....
For me is the opposite, I found this one and nobody search 4 him, it seems was abandoned...
Maybe you'll be interested in adoption, is a magnificent dog.... here some links
if you need more info
good luck!

March 20th, 2007, 03:23 PM
Shirley,I am sorry you still did not find Sable,but look at Maddie,she was lost at a time when it was the coldest and survived to run away again and be found again:thumbs up
So please don't give up on finding Sable,in my heart I know you never will and I :pray: you'll one day have him back again:fingerscr

March 20th, 2007, 04:59 PM
No I won't give was Maddie that gave me so much hope...I can't seem to find out how or where they found her when she was out in the horrible month of February.

I would have loved to adopt the dog from Montreal but this is my son's soul mate and he isn't ready to give up or give his heart away again yet.

WE have had another call today someone thinks she saw is the
same person who confirmed a sighting back in November just between
Orillia and Coldwater where we have had numerous sightings last maybe.

March 20th, 2007, 05:10 PM
Good to hear ther's been another sighting of Sable. Glad you haven't given up and hope you're re-united soon. :fingerscr :pray: :goodvibes:

March 21st, 2007, 07:47 AM
Shirley,I would tell you if I knew the circumstances around Maddies capture,but I don't:sad:
There are people here who know,but they are not always on the Forum.
I know everything was tried,including a humane trap with food and she survived the coldest period of the year,somehow..
I wish people if they see Sable would try to catch him with some food and then call you,would that not be great,:pray: that will happen very soon!

March 21st, 2007, 02:14 PM
The lady who called that thought she saw Sable yesterday, said she
called him and he was coming to her but a car came up the road and he
bolted. She went immediately and called the OSPCA in Orillia and then
followed where he went. He went down a dead end road and thru a fence
She went out onto the road where he would have come out and saw
footprints but they he went into a bush area and she couldn't track him.
The OSPCA drove around for quite some time but couldn't see him. Problem is
I am at least 80 minute drive to this area so he is always long gone.
OSPCA said if we can find where he is for a few days they will try the
live trap but this is the first sighting we have had in almost two weeks.
In the 7 months he has been missing I have made at least75 trips to
Orillia (got a new car in Oct. and have over 50,0000 kms. on it)
I am going back up to make sure all my flyers are still up in that area and
give more out to the neighbors and have put the ad back in the Orillia paper
for the weekend. I am at a lose what else to do. Driving around looking
seems fruitless.

March 21st, 2007, 02:33 PM
I'm sure you have been getting lots of advice on how to capture Sable and I'm not sure if this was already suggested: The woman who had called you yesterday said that she followed him but was unable to track him. How about have him track her. If she's willing, she could sparsely lay a trail of food from where she last saw his prints to where she first saw him with a pile of food at the end. It may sound a little far fetched but this worked for me many years ago when I used to live on a farm and my cat got lost in the woods. We had not seen her for a couple of weeks but did see kitty prints in the snow. The first several times, she ate the food along part of the track but we never saw her. After a week or so, she finally followed the trail of food right home.

Just an idea. I hope you'll be reunited soon.

March 21st, 2007, 03:58 PM
Shirley,I am glad the OSPCA is also keeping an eye out for him:fingerscr
7 months is a long time,but people might have been feeding him at times,or he was able to catch his own food..
I believe you driving around looking for him at this point might be fruitless,but I can understand if you do,I probably would do the same.
You don't know if he is constantly moving,or if he is staying put in a safe place,has he been spotted in the same area more than once???
I know I am always looking and would try to catch a stray animal,but not everyone feels this way,unfortunately:sad:
Still,there are enough good people out there,like the lady who called and I still have great hopes Sabel will be found:pray:

March 21st, 2007, 04:12 PM
I was so hoping this was the best news possible.:sad: That he has been seen by someone who cared enough to follow up and the active interest the OSPCA has taken is of course goods news but what heartache. My heart really goes out to you Shirley. :grouphug:

March 21st, 2007, 04:48 PM
Shirley--I am so very sad:sad: to be reading about your poor Sable--my heart goes out to you. I am in the Beaverton area and my girlfriend lives on Lake Dalrymple, and shops in Orillia, I sent her a link to this forum so she could see what Sable looks like, we will both be watchin for him and we :pray: he makes it home to you.:grouphug:

March 21st, 2007, 05:05 PM
Thanks for all your support..this site has been so kind to me during this
The lady who saw Sable yesterday, has seen him before back in early
November. He has been in this area off an on since November..the last
sighting was in late January before the really bad weather hit and we
haven't heard much since then. There are a LOT of wild turkeys in this area so I'm sure he has a his share.

Sable was in Beaverton back in the first week of Sept. but for some reason he decided to go north, if he had kept on coming south he'd have been home months ago.

The suggestion to have him track the lady from Orillia is an excellent one.
She said she was away today but there we fresh footprints under her
front window and along a snowbank. I will go up tomorrow and give her
some food to bait him with. She is such a nice lady and will do anything to
help catch him. Thank you so much for the suggestion.

The OSPCA does have a special interest in Sable. The animal control gals
have taken a real interest in finding him. The Orillia paper has done a couple of front page stories on him and I think they understand the publicity they can get from his capture.:fingerscr

March 21st, 2007, 05:38 PM
My thoughts are with you!! I am always thinking of your Sable and poor Jace! He went missing back in November.. It is so great that this women is willing to help out! The food suggestion is wonderful! I also think that with the gals taking an interest in him things may change! I am sure there are lots of wonderful people on this forum thinking of Sable! I hope you have good news soon!

:fingerscr :fingerscr

March 21st, 2007, 06:31 PM
Shirley, it's so nice to hear that the OSPCA is being so supportive in finding Sable. :thumbs up And, hugs to the lady that has been so helpful in trying to track him. :grouphug:

Luckypenny's idea of using food for Sable to follow is an excellent one. I hope it works and that you are re-united soon. :fingerscr :fingerscr Lots of good vibes coming your way. :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

March 22nd, 2007, 07:49 AM
Shirley,wow,if this is Sable coming to this ladies house and she will be able to feed him,that would be wonderful,maybe if there is food,he'll stay put,tired of running:fingerscr :pray:

March 26th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Was wondering If you had any news of Sable..
I"m so sorry and pray you find him soon :fingerscr
Please keep us posted..

March 26th, 2007, 01:01 PM
No further word on Sable. I am going up to Orillia again
tomorrow for garbage day.

March 26th, 2007, 01:28 PM
Good luck, Shirley. :fingerscr :fingerscr :fingerscr And, lots of good vibes to go with you. :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

March 26th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Shirley,I am thinking of you and Sable every day,hoping for some wonderful news:pray:

Loves Labs
March 27th, 2007, 07:16 AM
Good luck Shirley, you and Sable are in my thoughts. :grouphug: :fingerscr :pawprint:

March 27th, 2007, 08:26 AM
:fingerscr :fingerscr :pray: :pray: I am sending you a whole bunch of ++++vibes your way...thank god for garbage day....:dog:

March 27th, 2007, 11:11 AM
Boy,I am slow,did not get the garbage-day comment,I should have cause Bailey loves to sniff all the garbage-bags,maybe Sabel does too:fingerscr :pray:

March 27th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Went to Orillia area today...but no Sable. Just before I got
back home my son had a call from a man at Bass Lake who says
he has seen him several times in the past few days and has tried
to catch him but he keeps bolting on him.
He said he saw him last fall as well and saw him crossing Bass Lake
back in the winter time.
At least the sightings from the past week are in the same area so
we will keep looking.

Loves Labs
March 27th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Sorry you had no luck today Shirley, but those sighting must keep your hope alive and strong.

It really sounds like you are getting close.

What if you just sat and waited where the man has seen Sable? Do you think if he saw you he could let you catch him?

March 28th, 2007, 06:32 AM
Shirley,if this man could put out food regularly,maybe he would gain Sabels trust,or did he try that already??
The fact he is staying in the same area is encouraging,somebody might already be feeding him and does not know you are looking for him.
I always check"lost-posters"but not everybody does..

March 28th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Thanks for your ongoing concern. We had another call today from
the same area and the SPCA was called but I don't know how they
made out. I will call when they open Thurs. morning at 11.
I think as well he is at least staying in a relatively small area now and we might have a chance to get him.
Also there is a paper that comes out "the North Simcoe News" which goes to every house in Oro-Medonte twp. (where he has been seen) and to the north in Severne Twp. and it goes out by mail so that may reach someone that
I haven't been able to with the ads I have been running.
At least with the warmer weather he seems to be out and being seen which is a good sign.

March 28th, 2007, 06:21 PM
It must be frustrating getting so close yet not quite close enough. Does the man that just called you live close to the woman that was going to try baiting him? Does she still see Sable?

March 28th, 2007, 06:31 PM
Shirley1011 ...positive thoughts are coming your way....I am really hoping that Sable will be found and put some rest to you and your family as well as Sable....I hope your call tomorrow leads topositive news!


April 1st, 2007, 11:54 AM
We have had about 8 calls on Sable in the past couple of days and all
from the same area of Orillia and just west of...the latest sighting today
April 1st at 1:30 a.m. People are just so concerned and have been watching Sable's quest to find home and it is just heartwarming to know that there are such good people out there.
We went out yesterday and spent the whole day looking but not near where this latest call has come in.
So many kind folks are looking and we are getting good leads so I hope we find him soon.
Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts....we know we are not alone

April 1st, 2007, 12:13 PM
HI Shirley! Not the greatest of news but promising! More sightings means people are paying attention and as well that he is still in the area! It is also promising that he made it through a winter which probably was rough! Keep strong! I know it must be tough since you are a good distance away! Sable come home! :fingerscr :fingerscr

April 2nd, 2007, 07:27 PM
I'm sure it's only a matter of time before you and Sable are re-united. Keep positive and lots of good luck coming your way. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

April 3rd, 2007, 07:16 AM
Shirley,I am soo glad more people are involved in finding Sable:thumbs up
The day he is caught and i am sure he will be,we will have a party here at the Forum:dog:

April 6th, 2007, 05:48 PM

April 6th, 2007, 05:52 PM
No, I just got back from Orillia and spent the day looking for Sable. He was seen again on Wed. night having a drink at Bass Lake. He was seen twice on Monday by a school bus driver in the Warminster area but that is all for now.A man who has been helping with my search...just a helpful soul, said he thinks he may have found a farm near Warminster that he thinks he is staying and we are going to go and check it out tomorrow again.
Thanks for all your prayers and best wishes...they are so appreciated

April 7th, 2007, 06:22 AM
OMG Shirley,this could be very possible,a farm where they are not aware people are looking for him,probably are thinking he's"just a stray"..:fingerscr
I am thinking ahead of myself,but it would cerainly make my day,week,month if he was reunited with you:pray: :fingerscr

April 7th, 2007, 09:17 AM
:cloud9: :fingerscr :goodvibes: Oh Shirley ~ I so hope this is IT !

Loves Labs
April 7th, 2007, 03:47 PM
Good luck Shirley, I really hope this is your happy ending coming! :fingerscr :fingerscr :pray: :pray:

April 7th, 2007, 05:47 PM
Oh Shirley...:fingerscr :fingerscr :fingerscr

April 7th, 2007, 11:40 PM
Shirley, I really hope that you have finally been re-united with Sable. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

April 8th, 2007, 06:25 AM
No, I have gone up and searched for three days now and still no sign of
him. The last call we had was Wed.night but I'm not sure it was him.
I Went to the farm that he was thought to be at, but no one was home and
there were no large dog prints in the snow, so I am no closer to finding him.
This is where it gets so discouraging....I am exhausted from all the driving and looking....but I know when I get the next call I will get my strength and hope back to go again.
Thanks for all the kind words

April 8th, 2007, 06:36 AM
Oh Shirley1011! My thoughts are with you! It must be exhausting for you! Try to stay strong! Sable will come home to you! I hope you have news soon!


April 8th, 2007, 12:13 PM
Awww, Shirley, so sorry to hear the people weren't home. Maybe a neighbour could give you a name/phone number so you could call them. It must get so frustrating and my heart goes out to you. :grouphug:

I know you won't give up.......more good luck coming your way. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

April 8th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Shirley,I was sooo hoping this would be a break for you and Sabel:sad:
I really feel for you and your family and Sabel of course,wherever he is..
Your constant devotion and love towards Sabel,is very admirable,not that I would fret any less,were Sabel mine,a loved family-member is missing:sad:
Don't know what to say any more,other than that you and Sabel are on my mind every time I check for New Posts and hope to see some good news:fingerscr :pray:

April 10th, 2007, 07:46 AM
Any new leads? I was so hoping that you would be reunited with Sabel by now..:fingerscr hope you find him very soon..I wish I lived closer to the area he went missing.I'd love to help you out in your search for Sabel..

Good luck and keep us updated..


April 10th, 2007, 06:57 PM
I am so sorry your doggie is lost! My doggie is also named Sable, and my dad has a czech shepherd that looks exactly like your Sable!

If he is sighted around the same area for a few days, you could see if any animal control agencies could set a large have-a-hart trap, the kind used for coyotes. It's just a big cage baited with food and when they walk in to get the food, the door shuts and traps them in. It's sometimes the only way we can catch stray dogs especially if they are too frightened to approach people.

Hopefully he will be reunited with you soon!!!!! :fingerscr

April 12th, 2007, 04:18 PM
I hope you're able to find and be re-united with Sable soon.I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :fingerscr

the gang
April 12th, 2007, 05:54 PM
hi shirley check your in box sent you a note brenda.

April 19th, 2007, 06:02 PM
Just an update to let you all know that Sable is still being seen in the
area west of Orillia in a little town called Warminster. He was seen
yesterday by an elderly man sitting on his front steps...he was going up
to the man and he held out his hand to pet him and he bolted. He was
seen on Saturday in another person's backyard sleeping and again that evening near the school in Marchmont. I have been there so many days
and never get a call. Saturday I got a call about him sleeping in someone's backyard and it was the only Saturday in the past six weeks that I have not been in Orillia waiting for that very call and of course by the time I got there he was gone. WE have had so many sightings over the past two weeks that I feel like we are getting really close to getting him back. He is letting too many people see him. Everyone is now at least trying to catch him but he is really scared. Will keep you up to date but I:pray: we will get him home real soon.

April 19th, 2007, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the update, Shirley. So glad to hear there has been lots of sightings. It will be one happy day here when you are finally re-united with Sable.

:fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

April 19th, 2007, 06:51 PM
I just came across this thread and have read every posting. Shirley I am so sorry you and your son are going through this. I hope you are reunited with Sable very soon. It sounds like Sable is a survivor and I feel certain you will find him soon. :fingerscr

April 20th, 2007, 07:07 AM
Shirley,although it's certainly encouraging and great news Sable is beeing seen:thumbs up
I wish he could be trapped in a humane trap,he must be constantly looking for food.
Since he is sticking to the same area,something must be keeping him there:confused:
I can feel in my bones he will soon be caught,especially with people spending more time outside:pray:

April 20th, 2007, 09:51 AM
If he is being sighted around the same property, The OSPCA would loan you a humane trap. It might work.

April 20th, 2007, 10:58 PM
Yup, a trap is your best bet at this point. That or if someone was able to lure him into a fenced in yard with food.

I hope he is captured safe and sound soon!!!!!!! :fingerscr

April 26th, 2007, 07:29 PM
Ohh I really hope you get him. What a journey he is on...Have you seen Homeward Bound?..Sable completley out beats both those dogs and the little cat!!

You put so much effort into this, you really keep me not giving up on SPencer.

You will get him!.:thumbs up

April 27th, 2007, 12:16 AM
WE had a call tonight that Sable is on his way thru Orillia again headed
north to Coldwater so at least we have a direction to go and canvas
again. I wish he would just sit at the side of the road...someone would
find him and bring him home! With all the canvassing we have done, there
are just so many wonderful folks on the lookout for him and he seems to
be wanting to be see as well. I have put a lot of scent and fur from our
other dog at places where he has been in the past couple of weeks so
hoping he slows down long enough to "smell the roses" at one of these
spots where the folks are looking for him.

April 27th, 2007, 06:41 AM
Oh COme on Sable....go home. I hope someone can feed him long enough fo you to get down there...or at least take a picture so you can at least see how he's doing...good luck

April 27th, 2007, 03:29 PM
C'mon's time to slow down and be caught. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

May 5th, 2007, 06:26 PM
Thanks for all your support.. Sable has been sighted for the past week in
the same area...1/2 mile radius in Oro Station. He was seen on Wed.
with a deer carcass that had been hit and he dragged it onto a front lawn.
He was then seen a couple of hours after that as well.
We spent all day from Orillia to Barrie on Ridge Road and the rail trail
and no sign....we just got back to Oshawa and the phone rang...the lady who
called about the deer carcass had just seen him run thru her yard and her
husband said he saw him last Sat. night around the same time. So he is
in that area for sure and we will go back up again tomorrow. I have left
scent and food so here's hoping. I will also call the SPCA on Monday or
perhaps will go there tomorrow and see if they will set a live trap as they
promised if he stayed in one place for more that a couple of days.
I hope if we can see him and just let our other dog go, she will bring him

May 5th, 2007, 06:32 PM
You are always just so, so must get pretty frustrating for you. I hope you have much better luck tomorrow. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

May 5th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Yes we are always so close but I think this time is a charm!
I just had another call from the gal who called earlier and she has
been tracking him for the past hour. She got close enough to him
that she saw a "green collar" on him. So he must have trusted someone
in the past few months to have on a collar. He has also been showing
himself a lot too which means he is trusting a little.
Will keep you posted.

May 5th, 2007, 09:23 PM
I wish you lots of luck tomorrow will be the day.:pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

May 6th, 2007, 06:22 AM
Shirley,I saw a Sable in the Canadian Pets &Animals magazine,at the Orillia HS,my heart went for a leap,but then I saw it was a female..
However on the other page there was your ad for your Sable as a missing dog,also for Daisy the Bulldog,but you must know that...since you put the ad in:) All the luck in the world to both you and Daisys owner:pray:

May 6th, 2007, 01:50 PM
Hoping for good news today...... :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

May 6th, 2007, 06:40 PM
IT WASN'T HIM! We tracked this dog for six hours is a dog
that does look like Sable but a little lighter in colour and belongs to
a local man. this poor dog has been missing for almost a year and was
right across the street from the owner and they just don't care!

I have given my all to find Sable and these people just don't care what
has happened to this poor dog. I am so sad for the dog!

So Sable is still missing a we haven't a clue where to begin the search now
and we are still getting calls on this dog with the green collar.

It would be very easy to give up right now but we are trying to stay
positive and keep up the search.

May 6th, 2007, 06:48 PM
I'm so sorry.i was really hoping it was going to be Sable and you were going to catch her.i'm glad your keeping positive and keeping up the search.:fingerscr :pray: for a happy ending with finding her.

May 7th, 2007, 08:33 AM
Did the dog that wasn't Sable get back to his owner?
Sorry it wasn't your dog. Agonizing.

May 7th, 2007, 11:32 AM
No the Green Collar dog did not get back to its owner! The owner says
he can't catch him but was making no attempt to either. He has been
right in their front yard almost for a week. They say they don't want him
because he will only run again. I called the Orillia SPCA who said that if
someone catches him they will go and pick him up but they will not
actively look for him. Grrrrrr. I am so dang mad that poor dog doesn't stand
a chance with not even the SPCA trying to help him.

Of course we are heart-broken it wasn't Sable and don't know where to turn
now. I really am fearing the worst...other than the calls about this "green
collar" dog we haven't had anything for a month now.

May 7th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Awww Shirley,I was sooo hoping it would be Sable,but no:sad:
What do you do now??
I think all you can do at this point,is wait for the all important phone-call once again and just hope..
I can imagine the worst to be not knowing,if you knew he had gone to the Bridge,you could say your good-byes and mourn,but all this must be tearing you apart:sad:
That poor green-collard dog with that jerk of an owner,would make me soo angry,some people just do not deserve the love and devotion of an animal.
We will still hope for you and Sable and :pray: wherever he is he will somehow find you and you him,we would have a virtual party here at!

May 7th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Oh no....what disappointing news. :sad: I am so sorry this wasn't Sable. :grouphug: Hopefully you will have better luck with the warmer weather here now. :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

Very sad about the green collar dog. :sad: What a ***** of an owner. :mad: Can anyone get close enough to catch him? :fingerscr

May 7th, 2007, 09:03 PM
Thanks again for your support...and we will have a virtual party, I will bring the ::wine. We did get another call tonight in the area we were looking prior to the weekend marathon. It sounded very promising and this lady actually had him barking at her dog. She said he has such a deep bark....Sable has a very deep loud nothing I have heard before so.....who knows. I
will go up again in the next day ..prob. tomorrow and show her some pictures and go from there.
I am p....ssed right off with the SPCA in Orillia...they won't do anything to help rescue that poor dog with the green collar... I felt that the effort would be worth all the heartache if he was rescued but unless someone catches him they won't do anything. they could at least put out a live trap but they won't! A lady up there where the deer carcass was is going to keep putting food out and she is determined to win his trust. She is just a wonderful caring person and I am sure if anyone can do it she can. She says she probably can find him a home once she socializes him as well.

So all is not lost...we still have hope

May 13th, 2007, 04:45 PM
Still nothing on Sable....just a few calls that didn't go anywhere.

I had another communicator reading...the one that gave us right on
locations back in the late fall.

I need some help ...

This is the second reading and she is getting the same information so
believes he is staying with this person....

Collie Dog there/ a horse/ two old grey barns / front porch with a round
back wood chair but

TENTS!!! About ten of them... green nylon

she believes the man there is a guide of some sort.

This is the Orillia/Barrie/Coldwater/Washago area.

Can anyone think of what type of guide would need tents on a farm??

I have been thinking some kind of organized turkey shoot...but am coming up
empty on leads for that.

We drove around all weekend on the back roads and came up with ZIP!

Can anyone help with suggestions of what it might be.


May 14th, 2007, 06:54 AM
Shirley,wish I could help,I am not familiar with anything regarding hunting,maybe it is some sort of research group?
Did you see it yourself??
I believe it's very possible someone at one point took Sable in,someone in the country,but with all the posters could they miss reading about him.?

May 14th, 2007, 09:24 AM
The two don't have to be connected. Maybe he rents out part of his land for...military exercises? hunting parties, paintball? Is there a military base around there? A farm that is no longer a farm, looking for ways to make money?
Intriguing that she came up with the same picture, that's good isn't it?
When you find her, PLEASE start a new thread, the suspense is killing me!

May 14th, 2007, 09:53 AM
I did start a new thread on this one...this one is getting pretty long!
I think your military thing might be worth looking into...Camp Borden is
just south of Barrie.

I am not coming up with much that matches but at least with the description
being the same for the past two times, he is with someone which is the
important thing.

Thanks for any suggestions of what the location of these Green tents might be.

May 14th, 2007, 10:05 AM
When you mentioned the green tents, my first thought was CFB Borden doing some small training for one of their courses. You may want to check with what used to be called Non-public funds may be called PSP now and see if you can put a flyer up at the military store on the base as it is a gathering place for military personnel, both those living on base and off. The store is called Canex. You never know, one of the instructors may have seen your dog during manouvers. The guide could be the instructor. The base operators number is 705-424-1200.

The military used to rent farmer fields for exercises in the past, not sure if they still do.

Hope you find Sable soon:fingerscr .

October 27th, 2008, 11:00 AM
You are getting bumped too Sable, maybe just maybe you will ring somebody"s bell :pray:

December 1st, 2011, 09:09 PM
I know this is a HUGE long shot....but I just found this guy on kijiji.....looks so much like Sable .

December 2nd, 2011, 06:59 AM
I know this is a HUGE long shot....but I just found this guy on kijiji.....looks so much like Sable .

Shirley is no longer on this forum :cry:, I'll pass your message on to her, thank you for posting it.

December 2nd, 2011, 08:29 AM
I've just talked to Shirley and this is not Sable :cry:. I was hoping this was going to be a happy reunion :cry:

December 2nd, 2011, 12:38 PM
I logged in,hoping that by a miracle it would be Sable:cry:

December 2nd, 2011, 07:41 PM
I'm so sorry :cry: I was hoping so much it was sable.......Sable has been one lost dog that I have never gotten out of my mind . :pray:

December 3rd, 2011, 06:02 AM
Happycats I know what you mean!

I will never forget Sable of Billie!


December 3rd, 2011, 12:00 PM
Neither will I,Sable and Billie will never be forgotten..