Monday, March 7, 2011

The Rest of the Story

Here is the rest of the "Hank" story!

Yesterday afternoon, despite many, many internet problems, I was finally able to bring up Craigslist and found this:

* Lost Pointer in Tonganoxie* (Tonganoxie)


Date: 2011-03-02, 9:36AM CST

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It is male, he is a little over a year, lemon and white in color. He has a large scar on hid hind leg from surgery. He usually comes back home so we are guessing someone picked him up. He is very friendly. We miss him and would like him back home. If you have him or know who does please email or call me anytime. (Phone number removed). We live off 182nd st. Close to 24/40.

•Location: Tonganoxie

•it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Attached to this posting was a picture of "Hank". 
We duly called the folks, and were being very careful to be sure they were the owners, and also that they really wanted the dog back... they did!  They came right over within five minutes, since they lived exactly due east of us on ten acres. 
* Lost Pointer in Tonganoxie* (Tonganoxie)Hank, whose given name is "Oliver" got away last Monday and somehow crossed Stranger Creek, easily 14 feet or more deep behind their farm, crossing all the bean fields, and coming through a tree line until he came out in the pasture down the road from our place.  What he was doing for five days, who knows, as there are several large coyote packs between here and there. 


Location: Tonganoxie

•it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Olive had had surgery on his right hind leg, accounting for the scar and loss of hair.  He was, however, very, very thin, and our resident Pointer breeder at my office (an animal health company) tsked tsked at the shape he was in.  He was very, very glad to see his owners, though, and they were very glad to see him.  We had a good visit, and found out that he lives inside, and there is another lemonhead pointer (a girl) and three other dogs.  We made no comment when we found out they are set loose outside to go to the bathroom, because we are firm believers in keeping our dogs up.  We found out, to our dismay, what happens when we forget to shut the gate, when we lost Oscar. 

I hope that they, too, realize that the dogs need to be confined in a yard to do their business, so this pretty dog won't get lost again. 

So, all's well that ends well. 

My thanks to all of you who commented... and yes, we might have would have ended up keeping him, because he was a lovely, lovely dog.  I found out in talking to Valerie today more about pointers that they are particularly "lovebugs" and love to get all over their owners.  I had not known this about them, and find it endearing.  Oliver's owner told us he was a year and a half (Keith pegged him at a year) and that he was, indeed, a good hunting companion. 

I did not get to read the entries at Farm Friend Friday this weekend, since our internet was giving us fits.  It seems to be repaired tonight, so I'll try to get caught up. 


  1. So glad to hear the rest of the story and that it has a happy ending! I struggle occasionally to keep my Great Pyrenees in the yard. She likes to go ranging and always comes home, but I hate when she gets out.

  2. I totally agree Mary Ann, I have fenced yards within fence yards for my babies, they are trained which are play areas and which are potty areas. But my reasoning is to keep critters that may harm my guys (scotties)out as well as keep the scotties in. The house we just moved from was 18miles from town and we had a mountain lion that roamed at nite mostly, but the scotties were never allowed out unless one of us was with them.

    I am so glad your story turned out so well.

  3. *WHEW* So glad this story had a happy ending, Mary Ann... although I do hope they are more careful about letting him out from now on!

  4. Glad you found the owners. Such a sweet dog..poor baby. I imagine he missed the other dogs too. LOL Mary G.

  5. Its always a pleasure when the animal has a good home.

  6. I'm glad you were able to get him back to his owners. Hopefully, they will put a name tag on him. Best would be that they would not let them loose like that.


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