Our pets are family. Can you imagine your dog or cat missing for seven weeks and then being reunited? TJ the beagle went missing in Fort Collins and was found seven weeks later in Boulder.
TJ The Beagle, via City of Boulder Press Release
Yesterday, Wednesday, July 9, at 4:45 p.m. Boulder Animal Control Officers responded to the area of 15th Street and Lee Hill Road after receiving a report of a dog being struck by a car. The officers located a beagle-mix with severe leg injuries. While preparing the dog for transport to a veterinary clinic, they scanned him and discovered a microchip, which provided information about the owner.
During the transport to the emergency vet clinic, officers contacted David Snyder of Fort Collins, who informed them “TJ” a four-year-old Beagle-mix, had been missing for seven weeks. He was ecstatic that his dog had been found. Mr. Snyder told Boulder officers he notified Fort Collins Animal Control, the local Humane Society and had posted flyers when the dog went missing. For several weeks, he received calls from people saying the dog had been sighted but attempts to catch him failed. Mr. Snyder even spotted the animal himself in LaPorte, CO but TJ managed to escape. He told officers the sightings stopped on June 8 and after that he believed the dog had been hit by a car or killed by another animal.
Boulder Animal Control began getting calls about a dog-at-large in the area of 15th Street and Lee Hill Road about three weeks ago. They attempted to capture the dog on numerous occasions and even set a large dog trap to no avail. They were unaware the beagle was missing from Fort Collins until yesterday. Upon speaking with Mr. Snyder he believes TJ had quite the adventure, traveling on foot from Fort Collins to LaPorte then headed south to Boulder.
Although TJ’s injuries are severe and may require a partial amputation of one of his legs, it is believed he will survive. He and Mr. Snyder are now back home where TJ will receive follow up veterinary care.
Fireworks in celebration of Independence Day may frighten cats and dogs, causing them to panic and escape the confines of a yard or even the house. To help protect pets during the Fourth of July holiday, the Dumb Friends League is offering the following tips for pet owners:
•Keep your pet indoors during fireworks celebrations in a quiet, isolated room with covered windows, such as a bathroom, or a basement where there are no windows. Turn on a fan, radio or TV to muffle the sound of fireworks. These devices provide familiar indoor sounds and may help soothe your pet if he must be alone on this noisy holiday.
•Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks display.
•If you know from past experience that your pet will suffer from severe anxiety caused by the loud noise of fireworks, you may consider talking with your veterinarian in advance about giving your pet a mild tranquilizer.
•If your pet behaves nervously by pacing, whining or crying, try playing with her as a distraction or doing something she enjoys. Attempting to reassure your dog or cat by petting, soothing or offering treats when she’s afraid may reinforce fearful or anxious behavior.
•Make sure your pet always wears an appropriately fitted collar and an I.D. tag with your current phone number and address. Your pet should also be wearing a current license/rabies tag. You may want to talk with your veterinarian about providing your pet with a microchip identification implant in case your pet loses his collar and tags.
•If you find a lost pet, take it to your nearest animal shelter. You can also place a “found” ad in your local paper or on Craigslist and post notices around your neighborhood.