On Feb. 2nd, a dog went missing in Bellevue, Wash. - and he needs your help to find his way home.
Oban the dog jumped out of the car at the corner of 148th Ave SE and Eastgate Way, across the street from the east side of Bellevue College. Oban and his owner, Erica Toikka, were on their way to Snoqualmie when the barrier in the back seat of their hatchback fell down. When Erica stopped to fix it, Oban leapt out of the passenger door, when her friend opened it.
"It was very out of character for Oban to do that," Toikka said sadly.
Oban then crossed the street to greet a dog that he saw on the other side. As he came back to see his owner, he was struck by a Jeep. He then bolted south on 148th.
While someone sighted the dog approximately 10-20 minutes later near the Eastgate I90 exit, he has not been seen since.
"He was walking normally, so I'm hoping that he isn't too badly injured," Toikka stated.
Oban is a neutered male who appears to be a Whippet / Shepherd mix. He is a brown male with a black mask on his face.
He is chipped and tagged with a rolled collar and green bone-shaped tag. He has short, smooth fur, his ears flop over, and his tail is long and smooth with a slight curve.
"Oban loves to lay in mud puddles and explore, so he may be really dirty," said Toikka.
"He's very shy and skittish. He's probably hiding in one of the many many wild areas near Bellevue College, such as the Mercer Slough, Kelsey Creek Park, or the Phantom Lake area, but may have ranged anywhere.
He loves to chase things, particularly balls or small furry creatures. He's been known to catch rabbits and quail."
Toikka adopted Oban as a small puppy from a rural Kamuela, Hawaii shelter.
"He has been shy," Toikka explained. "I used to take him everywhere as a puppy, and would even take him along on my extra long school days.
I would take him for walks between classes, or he would hang out with me while I studied, but no matter how much time he spent with other people, he was never comfortable unless there was another dog there."
Because he is shy, Toikka believes that it would be unlikely that Oban would interact with a person, but she hopes that someone finds him and alerts her.
"Under NO circumstances should someone shout his name or chase him," Toikka requested.
"He doesn't even like to come when I call him - when we would walk off leash in Hawaii, he never wanted to be far from me, but he didn't want to be right next to me, either.
He is trained, and will sit when asked, lie down, and will also shake a paw. If he does those things, he will expect a treat."
You can find Oban both on Facebook and on his blog.
Oban's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/HelpMeFindOban?fref=ts
Oban's blog: helpmefindoban.blogspot.com.
If you see Oban, you can also call Erica Toikka at (808) 938 5861.
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