Losing and Later Finding a Pet


At Lake Tahoe and in Truckee, you’re bound to see many people who treat their dogs as children. What do they do when their canines run away? It happens more often than you think. Lots of pets’ humans already know they can have their animal chipped and have it wear a collar with an ID tag. We asked locals to share any other bright ideas they have for recovering a missing pet.

What tips do you have regarding losing and later finding a pet?




Jeff Ruppell, Truckee

Wait for another pet to bring them back. We lost two huskies, and a golden retriever retrieved them for us. The retriever, Bonesy, was raised by a neighbor who raises avalanche dogs for Alpine.

Velia Estrella, Kings Beach
Small-business owner and dog lover

Retrack where you started [and] think back to where your dog’s been, because your dog always returns back where he started. I offer $100 rewards to teenagers to help. Go check at animal control and animal hospitals.

Michelle Kulchawik, Tahoe Donner
Local dog lover

When you’ve lost a dog out in the wilderness, leave a familiar-smelling item … for them to be able to come back to … If you can, camp out there, or revisit that spot to see if they’ve come back. It’s good for dogs that maybe chased after something, because they generally know how to get back to that spot, or even dogs that ran away because of fear. A familiar smell can bring them back.

Andrew Marcelino, Dollar Point
Seasonal ski junkie

I think you need community, so Nextdoor is a good tool to help spread the word. It [engages] different people from different ways of life, and is kind of their eyes and ears, as well. I haven’t lost a pet, but I know people who have posted on Nextdoor that have gotten hits from people that said, “I’ve seen this in this location.”

May and Alec Furtado, Truckee
Cheese lovers

Get a custom-printed dog phone number collar in nice big, huge numbers. [This] allowed someone to call us just minutes after our greyhound ran off.


  • Ted Coakley III

    Lived: OH-TX-OK-CA-NY-CA Visited (work and/or non-work): many states all over the U.S., MX, Canada, Central & South America, Asia & Europe. High on my wish list is Ireland, all over Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Norway, China, Iran, Bhutan, Ecuador, Iceland, Bali, Baja .... well, okay, any/everywhere would be great to visit. Worked: photo, film/video, manual labor, high finance, menial, profound. Someone recently asked me, "You like to talk to people that others don't like to talk to?" I answered that I do like doing that, as much as talking to anyone else, but it's not "a thing" for me that I'm especially into. A day or two later, it struck me why I was asked that - because a lot of people are not like that ... not like me in that way. I'm glad I'm not like others in that way. ¡All for fun and fun for all!

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