February 23rd 2009 11:35 am
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On Sat, Feb 21 after 20 days on the lam, we finally caught Kasey. We had around a dozen people, a tracking team, and a herding team, all looking for him. It wasn't until 1 PM when we got a sighting. Good thing since we were considering calling off the search. We converged on the area but the tracking team couldn't go through the thick woods that Kasey went into. They came out of the woods and some were thinking we'll never get him this way. But we redeployed our teams to areas that he might go to.
Dad stayed behind in the last area he was sighted, and then walked to an treeline that he thought Kasey might use to double back. Dad walked half way down the treeline when he saw Kasey coming straight for him. He called in to report his location. But when Kasey was about 75 yards away he spotted Dad and after figuring out what was happening, he took off running into the field. Everyone tried to close in on him, he stopped a couple times to figure out what to do. He then made a break for the woods again. Dad walked into the woods, but didn't see him. Dad came out and saw a guy and his son who were helping out and walked over to talk with them. Soon the guy pointed, Kasey was running down the field away from the teams we had on the other side of the woods.
Suddenly, one woman took her SUV into the field to keep Kasey from breaking through our line. She pushed him back toward the farm where we had other people. Dad and the other guys saw Kasey run toward the farm, but lost sight of him as he ran on the other side of the buildings. Kasey ended up getting stopped by the farmers electric fence and was then grabbed by the farmer son. His big adventure was over.
It only took Kasey a couple hours to calm down and become once again, a good Sheltie dog. He's been cleaned up real good and is going to the vet today. He'll be added to Dogster once he's groomed and we get some better pictures of him. Here he is an hour after capture. http://tinyurl.com/cn6ve6
A big thanks to Anne & Heidi of http://www.dogsfindingdogs.com/
Ericka of Grandmas House for Pets (almost our next door neighbor) http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Grandmas.House.for.Pe ts.717-993-6336
Don R, who saw Kasey one day, but didn't see our flyer until a couple days later. From that day onward, he looked for Kasey everyday and helped us in any way possible. We are deeply indebted to Don.
And all those who helped us catch him. Almost all of these people never met us before, but decided to help when they read Kaseys story on the local forums.
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