April 4th 2012 10:09 am
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As you all know April 1st Duke was stolen out of our Chicago Apartment home. Here are the details that have been attained attached to what likely could have happened.
P.S. Details must be too tramatic for Duke to tell because he hasn't said a word about the experience. He is just happy to be home.
We (Duke's human parents) went out to lunch in Evanstan with some friends who drove down from Rockford, IL. Lunch was going well...in the mean time.
The Girls were at the farm because the baby is on his/her way and we wanted to make sure things would be easy for us until D-day (due day) and we were told the baby would be here over the weekend or early in the week. Duke is not allowed in the farm house ever and the girls sometimes are allowed inside. Duke has to stay in a barn where he is sad and usually gives himself kennel nose rubbing it along the bars of his gigantic pin crate. So we decided to keep him at home with us. He is very calm and quiet so he wouldn't be much trouble.
Duke was missing the girls when we left for lunch so he did a little barking in his crate (we heard him as we left but this is normal and he usually quiets down in a few minutes).
While we were gone things could very well have gone like this:
The neighbors were watching and came down knowing that Duke was the only one home and he is more docile than the girls. The neighbors entered the house by credit card through our back door. Duke was still in his crate in another room. They tipped over the garbage can not spilling anything and opened dead bolt lock and the kitchen door that leads to the outside and opened the glass screen door. Duke may or may not have been barking because they were in the house but barking is not his nature. They released him from his crate and ran to our bedroom door and closed it behind them. Duke being on the other side started scratching at the door trying to get to them (which is not like Duke but there is a big scratched area on the outside of the bedroom door -- but the scratches do not go through to the second layer of the door...which is odd and makes me wonder if this was planted as well to make it look like he freaked). The theives waited until Duke stopped scraching and went out the open door. They came in and shut the kitchen door on him leaving him outside. Then he stuck around for a couple minutes and went around the block where he was caught and fed by a couple people and turned over to a Mexican man who drove by and asked if that was there dog. They said that they found him and he took him in his white van.
While Duke was around the corner the people broke the glass kicking it outward and put ketchup on the broken shards of glass to make it look like Duke broke out and injured himself greatly (my husband pulled the broken glass out of the garbage and smelled one of the pieces three days later, after the Chicago Cops refused to investigate, and he said it smelled faintly of ketchup although the house did not reek of ketchup when we came home so ultimately the source of the "Blood" is also still a mystery but now that Duke is home it is clear that the "Blood" was not his). Then the eye hook was reattached and they returned to their apartment to call the landlord and tell him that our dog broke through glass and ran away bleeding and that it was so bad that his heart was coming out through his chest. We got the phone call and raced home. To find a broken storm window with "blood" on it and the search began.
It was an enourmous amount of time and effort to find our dog and it did not stop the entire 48 hours over the 3 day span he was missing. I got a total of 5 hours of sleep in 2 days. Details of his search and getting him back are really long and tiresome. They would take alot of reading to get through. If your curious about anything ask and I'll try to give you a short version...unless of course too many questions and then I'll just relate the events.
I know with any search the first 48 hours are critical. This is when details are fresh in people's minds and you'll get your best leads. Luckily we were able to act quickly and had some very able bodied friends and family members and also some that spoke spanish and understand how to talk with people who don't want to give your wonderful dog up for one reason or another. If not Duke would have never come home to us. We are so grateful for everything everyone did to bring our boy home. He means the world to us and the last 3 days were the most frightening ever. I'm tearing up just writing the last sentence. Thank you all for caring so much and praying for us because it truly was miraculous that we got our boy back.
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Mom cried when she heard he's home. She was crying again reading Duke's diary. THANK GOD HE"S HOME. Mom's been praying alot. I hope you can bring charges against the SOB's who did this. My mom said she would be a basketcase if anything happened to me. I'm soooo glad your back with your family.
Duke bein' founded r da bestest nues, eber! YAY, Duke ♥
Your prayers were alot of help. Finding me and getting me home was a group effort. No one person could have done it alone.
those sick jerks...Im just glad that you are home and safe now, I know your parents were so scared for you. But they got you back cause they love you so much. Have you seen the girls yet? I bet they want to love on you too!
We are just thankful your pawrents were able to find you! What a terrible ordeal to go through, mom would be a basket case too! We agree with Riley & hope there is some way to charge the people responsible!
Big Hugs for Duke!
Duke what a horrible experience for you to go through. I just don't understand why anyone would do such a thing. I am so relieved that you are home safe and sound. I suspect it is very hard for your pawrents to feel safe in their place now, though. Love and thoughts to you and your family.
Yes the girls were picked up the night before I was found so they didn't really even know I was gone. They probably just figured I was staying with some friends like they were although I hear they seemed kind of down hearted that night.
Ruby didn't give me a warm welcome but Paisley was happy to see me when I was retrieved early the next morning. I gave all my attention to Ruby which made her kind of angry at me. I can do no wrong in the eyes of my parents right now but I don't think I'm taking advantage of that just yet. We could not press charges because the city police refuse to investigate the "Blood" on the door or fingerprint. They wouldn't even give us a Police Report of a burglary or B&E. They just told us to change our locks and put dead bolts on every door. Without a Police report we will surely lose our security deposit and will be unable to get out of our lease early. Momma now takes all 3 of us dogs with her everywhere she goes. She says they can steal all her stuff just leave her family alone. The landlord is not too happy with us either since we told him that we suspect the upstairs neighbors. He told Momma maybe I got into the trash and smeared ketchup on the glass and it was ketchup the neighbors saw all over me. This is absurd. Plus I am white...has anyone ever given a white dog a tomato bath before to get rid of skunk smell. It would stain my coat red or orange at least plus I haven't recieved a bath...Even Momma's puny sense of smell can tell that. Plus, there was no ketchup in the trash can and no trash on the floor. Momma told the Landlord that she didn't and would never point fingers in that direction without proof of an investigation because it is just speculation but due to past actions it seemed very plausable to her.
Duke, we're so glad that you're home. We were very worried about you and are still worried for you and your pack. Be careful pal.
Soon you'll have a little baby home with you. Enjoy your new addition and put this last week behind you. You have lots to look forward to.