Goose Tracks - Lost Dog Tracking

Goose Tracks - Lost Dog Tracking Goose Tracks - Lost Dog Tracking works to help reunite owners and their missing dogs through scent tracking and other knowledge/resources in the Northern VA area.
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It’s official, Goose is now a therapy dog! We are excited to start spreading some puppy love to the veteran community wh...
02/12/2020

It’s official, Goose is now a therapy dog! We are excited to start spreading some puppy love to the veteran community while continuing to help reunite lost dogs to their families.

Update! Thanks to a combined effort with folks from Lost Animal Response Group (LARG) and Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In F...
02/06/2020

Update! Thanks to a combined effort with folks from Lost Animal Response Group (LARG) and Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith, Katie has been caught and is safe! This is truly one of those situations where community awareness was key! Thanks to everyone who saw the flyers and called to report sightings!

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‼️Leesburg, VA‼️ Katie is still lost! She is in flight mode and although she put in several miles the first 24 hours she seems to be staying near the area of the new Walmart (Compass Creek Parkway & Battlefield Parkway) and the area of new home construction near the intersection of Battlefield Parkway & Route 15. We were out putting flyers in the area of the new Walmart with more to go up tomorrow in targeted areas. If seen, please contact myself at 703-261-4492 or the owner at 703-727-1386. DO NOT CHASE! A number of trackers from Lost Animal Resource Group (LARG) in addition to myself are working this case with the goal of luring her to a smaller area of sightings with intent to trap. She remains skittish and in flight mode.

Update! Thanks to a combined effort with folks from Lost Animal Response Group (LARG) and Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In F...
02/04/2020

Update! Thanks to a combined effort with folks from Lost Animal Response Group (LARG) and Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith, Katie has been caught and is safe! This is truly one of those situations where community awareness was key! Thanks to everyone who saw the flyers and called to report sightings!

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‼️Leesburg, VA‼️ Missing since the morning of 02/04. Last seen this afternoon on Route 15 near 267. Skittish and in flight mode, DO NOT chase or call out! Please send sighthing details to the owner at 703-727-1386.

Things have been pretty quiet in the Goose Tracks world for good reason (not due to lack of missing animals, unfortunate...
01/16/2020

Things have been pretty quiet in the Goose Tracks world for good reason (not due to lack of missing animals, unfortunately). Here is a little bit of what has been going on behind the scenes:

First, I am excited to announce that I am now going through the Missing Animal Response Network (MARN) course (approx. 10 weeks) to expand my knowledge on missing pet behavior, reunification techniques, and outreach ideas. I then plan to follow that up with the MARN K9 Training Course to expand on my and Goose’s tracking capabilities! Goose and I have previously been through tracking training, but the MARN training is the gold standard and I am now in a place to be able to do this! Kat Albrecht is a pioneer of the missing pet reunification and lost pet tracking fields. I’m excited to learn from all of the “greats” in this industry and improve upon the knowledge and technical abilities that Goose and I have in order to continue reuniting lost pets with their families. With this may come the opportunity to start working lost cat cases, which is something I have previously not offered, but we will see.

Next, Goose has been working toward his therapy dog certification and, fingers crossed, will receive two thumbs up at his final observation/evaluation tomorrow! As a veteran, I hope to bring him to the VA and other veteran service organizations to spread some puppy love.

Finally, I have begun brainstorming some outreach ideas, including some that combine your pets and emergency preparedness and response (my day job!). More to come on that later!

Goose and I went out to search for Koda, the senior Boxer missing from Haymarket. Goose had the scent but we did not fin...
12/15/2019

Goose and I went out to search for Koda, the senior Boxer missing from Haymarket. Goose had the scent but we did not find Koda. If you are in the area of Solheim Cup Drive, please be on the lookout. The family will check shelters and vets offices tomorrow and is continuing to spread awareness throughout the area.

UPDATE! Koda has been found safe! He is at the vet now. So happy for his family. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~‼️ ...
12/14/2019

UPDATE! Koda has been found safe! He is at the vet now. So happy for his family.

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‼️ Missing Boxer - Haymarket, VA ‼️
Koda is an 11 year old male brindle Boxer who was last seen off of Solheim Cup Drive on 12/13 at approximately 5:30pm. He is not microchipped and is not wearing tags. We ask that those in the immediate area check under decks and cars and in sheds, garages, and ditches. If seen, please contact Goose Tracks at 703-261-4492 or Koda’s owner at 301-741-7223.

THIS is why I am a firm believer in GPS collar. Goose wears one just in case. I pay $10 a month for peace of mind. It’s ...
12/06/2019

THIS is why I am a firm believer in GPS collar. Goose wears one just in case. I pay $10 a month for peace of mind. It’s easy to look back and think “wow, I’ve spent all this money for something that’s never been used” but I know that it’s worth the money to have that safety net.

***LOOKING for ten solid commitments to order GPS collars*** please let me know or ED below if interested! 💕💕💕

THIS IS AMAZING & a local story. Had a GPS collar for 8 YEARS and finally today it proved its worth ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

11/27/2019
Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith

Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith

🗣🗣⚠️‼️Before family and friends start knocking on your door tomorrow please take a few minutes to make sure your baby has a collar and tags on. Or at least write your phone number on the collar. We don't want anyone to go missing tomorrow. In my house we have a baby gate by the front door so the dogs can't even get to the front door.‼️⚠️

In addition to being a tracking dog, I am proud to announce that Goose has passed his Therapy Dog evaluation. Puppy love...
11/09/2019

In addition to being a tracking dog, I am proud to announce that Goose has passed his Therapy Dog evaluation. Puppy love always makes people feel better and I am hoping to bring some of this lug’s love to the patients at near-by VA hospitals. 💙❤️💙

I am attending the Clean Gulf 2019 Conference in New Orleans, LA this week and learned that there are K9 Scent Detection...
10/29/2019

I am attending the Clean Gulf 2019 Conference in New Orleans, LA this week and learned that there are K9 Scent Detection dogs being used to identify oil and gas leaks before other technologies are able to pick it up. I found this fascinating, and thought the Goose Tracks followers may find it interesting as well. Maybe Goose has a future job in that field 🤔

A great idea to spread awareness of your missing pet this Halloween.
10/22/2019

A great idea to spread awareness of your missing pet this Halloween.

🐾What a great idea for all of those with missing pets this Halloween!🐾

FOUND has posted this brilliant idea. With Halloween coming up, take advantage of the opportunity to distribute flyers o...
10/05/2019

FOUND has posted this brilliant idea. With Halloween coming up, take advantage of the opportunity to distribute flyers or cards with your missing dog’s information on them.

Halloween is coming!! Here is a good way to remind the community your pet is missing! Add flyers to the candy or drop flyers into trick or treat bags!

Goose Tracks is now available to get back to work reuniting missing dogs with their owners. Please be patient and unders...
10/03/2019

Goose Tracks is now available to get back to work reuniting missing dogs with their owners. Please be patient and understand that I can only take a limited number of cases as I am back to work full time and am also going through out-patient medical treatment through the VA. Know that I have your pets best interest at heart and if I cannot take your case I can refer you to another tracker. I know Goose will be happy to get back to work!

Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith
09/04/2019

Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith

🗣🗣🗣 SPREAD THE WORD! ❗️NO excuses as to why your cat or dog is not Rabies vaccinated & MICROCHIPPED!!! NO EXAM FEE & DISCOUNTED RATES👏🏼🎉👏🏼 SHARE ‼️

A good reminder from FOUND on how to prepare for hurricanes, or any emergency that may require evacuation.
08/28/2019

A good reminder from FOUND on how to prepare for hurricanes, or any emergency that may require evacuation.

Hurricane season has started!! Make sure you and your pets are ready!

08/16/2019

#Throwback to when Goose was just a pup learning to track! He’s come a long way and is doing amazing things now ❤️

Sadly we found this sweet pup this afternoon. It was not the outcome we had wanted but we appreciate the call received f...
08/13/2019

Sadly we found this sweet pup this afternoon. It was not the outcome we had wanted but we appreciate the call received from someone in the community that ultimately led Goose and I to find her. Please keep the family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

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‼️Chantilly, VA‼️ Lost black lab mix missing near Chantilly High School since August 11. She is not familiar with the area. If seen, please report sighting to Goose Tracks at 703-261-4492.

Update! Biscuit was found by someone who was able to get him contained in her backyard just over a week after he went mi...
08/06/2019

Update! Biscuit was found by someone who was able to get him contained in her backyard just over a week after he went missing! He is back safe and sound. This is a great example of how important it is to bring a community together through posters, social media, and education in order to help reunite a dog with their owner.

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‼️Leesburg, VA‼️ Last seen near / behind the old Walmart in Leesburg. DO NOT CHASE! May be wearing a cone from medical procedure. If you see him enter a backyard or garage please shut the gate/door to contain him and call (703) 598-1748.

07/21/2019
Deputy sits in hot car for 25 minutes!

🔊 PSA 🔊 Leave your pets ar home! Don’t leave them in your car even if it’s “just for a quick trip inside the gas station”. It is SO hot and the temperature inside the car can ride so quickly. If you see a dog (or child) left in a hot car, call 911.

Forsyth County Deputy sits in a hot patrol car for 25 minutes. The temperature reaches 177 degrees on the dash and the deputy's heart rate jumps to 151!

07/14/2019

So often with dog tracking we don’t find the dog on site (though it does happen). Tracking is used to help confirm or rule out possible sighting locations, narrow a search area down, and come up with a game plan (areas to flyer/focus on, feeding station, scent/chum trails, etc). That means that the tracking dog often doesn’t see the fruits of his labor. I always try to conduct periodic “positive reinforcement” tracks where Goose is set up to find the dog. These are of varying levels of complexity depending on how much time and help I have. I have been super busy with work lately but I finally had some time to run a couple of short, easy tracks with Goose this weekend. Apologize in advance for the shaky footage! It’s hard holding my phone and working the lead with a 100lb dog on the end.

📢 Let’s talk about GPS Collars vs Microchips. I hear a lot of misconceptions that I hope this post will clear up. ⭕️ Mic...
07/13/2019

📢 Let’s talk about GPS Collars vs Microchips. I hear a lot of misconceptions that I hope this post will clear up.

⭕️ Microchips are inverted via a needle by a vet under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades and the back of the pets neck. Each microchip has an identification number and can be picked up using a scanner that (almost) every vet, shelter, and animal control office will use if a pet is brought in. (I say almost, as there are some shelters or AC offices in the deep south that do not check for chips). Microchips MUST BE REGISTERED with the owner’s contact information. When an animal is scanned for a chip, the organization will be able to see a) if there is a chip and b) if it is registered/who it is registered too. ** It is so important to register the microchip and keep it updated with your contact information. Without this, the intake organization will not have a way to contact you and the microchip is effectively useless. Some microchip companies will send out a blast “lost pet alert” to vets, shelters, and other networks if you notify them that your pet is missing. A lot of people comment on missing dogs asking “if he has a microchip can’t you just track him?” It doesn’t work like that. You CANNOT track a dog with a microchip. It is NOT a GPS.

⭕️ GPS Collars are worn by your dog and powered by a battery. These devices must be charged regularly in order for them to work. Most GPS collars will require a subscription of a cell network service in order to do real-time location tracking. Most collars have an app you can download on your phone to see your pets location, create a “lost pet alert”, track activity level, etc. There are numerous GPS collars on the market and I have tried a few for my personal dogs. Be aware that some, such as the Tile, work by Bluetooth and only work if the dog is nearby another Tile user. This is why it is recommended to use a device that is connected to a cellular network that communicates with your app. GPS Trackers are invaluable.

By far the most user friendly and reliable GPS device I have found is by Whistle. With Whistle, I can set a “safe zone” (my house/yard). If my dog leaves that safe zone, I get a text message alert to my phone. If I take my dog to the 400 acre farm, I can open my app and see where my dog is. If he ever wanders off, I have the peace of mind knowing that I can track his location and quickly work with Whistle to find him. I’ve attached some screenshots of Whistle from my day to day use with Goose.

Hopefully this clears up any misconceptions or general questions about each of these. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions on the topic.

Update!! After 11 days missing Lilo has been FOUND! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~‼️Clifton, VA Area‼️ Lilo is STI...
07/10/2019

Update!! After 11 days missing Lilo has been FOUND!

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‼️Clifton, VA Area‼️ Lilo is STILL MISSING but was spotted this morning near Cavalier Woods Lane in Clifton, near Route 29 and Union Mill Road. She has been missing since 6/29/19. She has a flea collar on but is not wearing a regular collar or tags. If seen please contact the owner at 703-309-3918 or Goose Tracks at 703-261-4492. Do not chase! She is very skittish. Please keep eyes on and if able, snap a photo of the sighting.

07/04/2019

Guys, I cannot stress this enough. Please keep your dogs secure! If it means keeping them crated or hunkering down in a bedroom or bathroom with some music on for the next 24-48 hours, with leashed potty breaks, do it!
In the last 90 minutes I have already seen 6 posts of missing dogs directly due to fireworks (including one who ran out and was hit by a car). It’s not even July 4th yet! My heart breaks knowing that more dogs will go missing tomorrow than any other day this year. Please, take steps to keep your dog safe and avoid the heartbreak of your dog going missing. Once your dog runs off there are NO guarantees that he will be found. It’s just not worth the heart ache 💔

07/03/2019

Goose has a message for all of our followers this Fourth of July.

‼️Clifton, VA Area‼️ Lilo has been missing since 6/29/19, last seen near Lonesome Dove Court in Clifton. She has a flea ...
06/30/2019

‼️Clifton, VA Area‼️ Lilo has been missing since 6/29/19, last seen near Lonesome Dove Court in Clifton. She has a flea collar on but is not wearing a regular collar or tags. If seen please contact the owner at 703-309-3918 or Goose Tracks at 703-261-4492. Do not chase! Please keep eyes on and if able, snap a photo of sighting which would be super helpful as well.

06/30/2019

Goose Tracks is going to be temporarily extremely limited in our availability to take cases through the summer and fall. With summer comes hurricane season and wildfire season, which with my line of work (Emergency Management) will keep me busy and will likely lead to working overtime. I apologize in advance if I am unable to take your case. Please don’t hesitate to reach out; if needed I am able to refer you to other area trackers.

Please make sure your dogs are kept safe AND secure leading up to July 4th. I have seen nearby towns advertise fireworks...
06/29/2019

Please make sure your dogs are kept safe AND secure leading up to July 4th. I have seen nearby towns advertise fireworks beginning this weekend.
💥Ensure your pets have a collar with ID tag (and preferably a microchip).
💥Don’t leave them outside during fire works, especially off leash and/or unattended, even in a fenced backyard.
💥Don’t bring your pets with you to watch the fire works. Every year dogs slip their collars and take off during this time, it’s not worth it and I promise you your dog will not care if they stay home.
💥Have a crate or other quiet, safe place available for them. If you are having guests over, keep your pets secure and ensure all doors are closed so they don’t slip out.
💥If your dog is extremely anxious, ask the vet for some sedative. Keep them in a secure crate or room with the TV or radio on to drown out the noise.
No matter how calm your dog may be, please set them up for safety and success this Fourth of July. I really don’t want to have to talk to you and try to track your dog when you are heartbroken that your dog is missing.

‼️Found on Patrice Drive in Kincaid Forest subdivision (Leesburg, VA) ‼️ No Tags. Currently at Animal Control.
06/11/2019

‼️Found on Patrice Drive in Kincaid Forest subdivision (Leesburg, VA) ‼️ No Tags. Currently at Animal Control.

💥UPDATE💥 Bruce was found safe after over a week!! A member of the community contacted his owners when they saw Bruce in ...
06/09/2019

💥UPDATE💥 Bruce was found safe after over a week!! A member of the community contacted his owners when they saw Bruce in their backyard. This is a great example of how a community can come together and why placing physical posters as well as posting on social media is key to bringing lost dogs home.
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‼️Sterling / Great Falls, VA‼️ Be on the lookout for this Brazilian Mastiff makes Bruce, last seen at the intersection of Algonkian Parkway and Whitewater Drive. If seen DO NOT CALL/CHASE! He is in flight mode. Take a photo and annotate the location. Try to keep eyes on if possible and contact the owner at 571-379-9947 or Goose Tracks at 703-261-4492.

This is why I started Goose Tracks- to help bring your family members back home. I personally know the horrible feeling ...
06/06/2019

This is why I started Goose Tracks- to help bring your family members back home. I personally know the horrible feeling of panic and fear of not knowing where your dog is and wouldn’t want anyone to go through that.

Since launching Goose Tracks on March 24, Goose and I have worked 9 missing dog cases. Of those 9, 3 dogs were directly found on scene by Goose and 4 dogs were found within 24 hours of us tracking, assessing the scene, and implementing measures such as feeding stations, chum trails, or scent trails/marking with owners clothing. 1 dog was found by the community (could not be attributed to Goose Tracks) and 1 dog remains missing.

Goose Tracks is not my full-time job, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dedicate 100% of my focus to finding your missing pup. I only take a few missing dog cases a month to ensure that I can dedicate my time and resources for as long as needed until your dog is back home. If we are unable to take your case, I am still able to refer you to fantastic trackers who do this work on a full-time basis. No matter what, the priority is always doing what we can to bring your pup back home ❤️

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A dog is considered personal property, so stealing a dog does not give rise to a kidnapping claim. ... It may also be burglary if the dognapper broke into a structure to take the dog. In some jurisdictions, such as Virginia, dognapping is considered a felony and can be punished by up to 10 years in jail.
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HELP Snickers is STILL missing! WENT MISSING 5/2/2019 at 9AM. Turning to the community for as much help as possible. last seen in Frostburg MD in front of University Park Apt. Cross streets of Bowery, Hill And Park Ave! His chip is updated. I’m convinced someone took him as his collar was found in the front yard!! I have posted a $500 reward thanks to some friends pitching in. We have also notified police. We also got word that there was a male and female in the area ! I don’t want to accuse them but simply just want to know if they saw or know anything. Snickers is 10 years old I have had him since he was born. For anyone looking he has a lump on his belly and needs allergy Medicine daily because of his skin!!! With all the rain I suspect his allergies will flare up soon!!! Please keep an eye out!! He won’t last more than a few days with out it and needing medical attention! 858-956-9200 any help or information please let us know.
My neighbors 15 year old springer spaniel went missing for a week. Goose found her in less than an hour! Anyone who has had a lost dog knows what a nightmare it is. As far as I'm concerned Goose is a hero. And Shannon this is a great service that you provide. Thank you!