I don't want to blame the kennel since it was an accident and they've been doing everything possible to find him but it's been such a nightmare! I guess that they have kids who walk the dogs and this one 11 year old took Bailey out and while he was bending over to pick up some poop Bailey slipped out of the leash they were walking him with. From what my Dad told me they took off Bailey's normal collar and used a no-slip collar/leash, I have no idea why they would do this but obviously it wasn't a very effective no-slip leash! The kid tried to catch him but Bailey got scared, bit the kid and ran off into the woods (Bailey is shy and not very friendly with people he doesn't know, he's a Shar Pei and this can be characteristic of the breed). It's a pretty rural area so no one knows exactly where he went. He hasn't been seen since even though we've been searching every day, have contacted the Humane Society, the city, radio stations, have put up flyers, have taken out newspaper/Craigslist/Kijijii ads, spoken to farmers in the area etc. My parents got the earliest flights home that they could and have also been searching every day.
We're just so sad and left with so many questions like 1) why was a young kid walking him and 2) why didn't they keep his collar on since it has his ID on it (at least he's also microchipped). I was also pretty livid earlier this week when I got home to find a message from the kennel owner on my answering machine. It started by saying that he was looking everywhere and thinks that Bailey must be at someone's house or farm. Then he proceeded to say that he wasn't happy that I used the kennel name in ads looking for Bailey since it's "bad for business"!!! Umm, excuse me? 1) I was using your kennel as a frame of reference for where the dog was lost and 2) YOUR KENNEL LOST HIM!!! I couldn't believe it! I never blamed them or said anything bad about the kennel, the least they could do is own up to their mistake! Unbelievable!
It's been almost a week and we're still holding out hope. If you know anyone in the Ottawa area that has found a dog please contact me! Here is all of the information:
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LOST DOG Richmond ON/Ottawa Area: Bailey, black, Chinese Shar Pei, neutered male, 9 years old, ~40 lbs, not wearing a collar. He is shy so may not come to you if you approach him or call to him.
Bailey got loose while out on a walk Sunday morning (March 28th). Last seen near the Huntley Road area in Richmond. If you are in the Richmond area and see him or know of anyone who might see him in that area please call Melissa at 613-314-5365, or the kennel at 613-838-4478, or the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-9998. He is extremely important to us and we miss him!
Reward for his safe return!!!