Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without loved ones, and thankfully the Liang family was able to celebrate with their long lost pooch, Cody. After 6 months of being in a North Vancouver forest, the dog was rescued by PetSearchers. Petsearchers is a Vancouver owned company that finds missing pets and returns them to their owners.
In May, Liang was walking Cody off leash when a sound startled the retriever causing him to run away. Originally Liang thought it would only take a couple of hours at most to have Cody back home, little did he know that it would take until December for the dog to return.
There had been several sightings of Cody over the next few months, picking through the garbage in the local neighbourhood; however, every time the dog was gone before Liang could get there. Having been left in the wilderness had caused Cody to become feral and skittish of humans.
PetSearchers’ owners Alex and Alesha McLellan use their own dogs (Bloodhounds), to locate missing pets. In Cody‘s case, however; he had been in one localized area meaning his scent was everywhere preventing the dogs from being able to narrow down his location.
Alex and Alesha had quite the time catching Cody. He outsmarted their usual traps and baiting, but enjoyed the meals that were provided of bacon and chicken. They managed to finally catch Cody by the Seymour River, where nets were needed to contain the dog before he surrendered and accepted that he was caught.
Cody is now happily home after being checked out by a local vet. Aside from losing a bit of weight he has been given a clean bill of health; though, it has been advised that Cody stay on leash at all times. His rehabilitation into being a domestic dog can take up to 4 months, or longer depending on the dog’s living conditions. According to Liang, though, Cody has already gotten back into the swing of things.
The cost of a PetSearchers is $245 per day for searching on foot without the help of their own dogs, and $595 per day if the bloodhounds are included in the mix.