After nearly 2 months, Wilmington, Ohio K9 Officer Karson is by his partner's side again. Officer Jerry Popp posted on facebook just a little while ago that Karson is sitting next to him and is found! And, Karson is in good health.
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Advise: Love is in the air in your Metro Parks and it stinks to high heaven as skunk mating season is underway. Skunks spray when around each other this time of year. Females who are not yet ready to breed let the males know they are uninterested with a squirt. Male skunks spritz other males in territorial/mate scuffles. Just keep your distance.
Skunks are both suburban and rural dwellers, so keep a careful eye out when you are driving (especially at dusk and dawn) and on dog walks. You also may see skunks out during the day. I've had one day time skunk encounter - we showed immediate respect and calmly got out of the way - the skunk was more interested in where it was headed, it was aware of us, but did not see us as any kind of threat.
Skunks usually spray as a last resort, when they feel there is no way out, but right now, they are pretty quick to spray.
This is a great, quick video from TED about how a dog's nose works.
What's new? What's old? What changed? When dogs are out on walks and in their yards sniffng around, I always say it's about building and updating "the database." The piles of poo and hydrants your dog stops to sniff and never wants to leave, are the canine equivalent of facebook!
Cesar also reminds us: People tell us stories. Dogs tell us the truth.
It's all in how each species navigates the world.
Keep an open mind also, in caring for your dog's fabulous nose. I walk dogs that will sniff every blade of grass in a given area - just taking it all in. They are also sniffing in chemicals, toxins, bacteria, and all sorts of "micro-things" that can have a serious cumulative effect over a lifetime. Something I'll cover in another post..... - Linda.
FOUND! February 22, 2015 Update. 1:43 p.m. Officer Jerry Popp posted on facebook that his partner, K9 Officer Karson is with him on his way home. After nearly two months, Karson is safe, healthy, and heading home.
Karson is a K9 Officer from Wilmington, Ohio (Clinton County) who cannot find his way home to his partner, Wilmington Police Officer Jerry Popp.
On December 23, 2014, Karson took off from a boarding kennel in Clinton County, Ohio, and has been missing and on the road since. He may have an injured front leg.
He is friendly (a sniffing dog, NOT at attack dog) and loves tennis balls.
Look closely at his picture and you can see a distinctive scar (white-ish line) across his nose.
Out in the elements, Karson continues to try to make his way home, and as late as this past week, Officer Popp has been able to confirm sightings in the general vicinity of Xenia, Ohio (Greene County), where Karson lives with Officer Popp and his family.
Local residents are distributing flyers and traveling the roads along fields, woods, parks, and towns (binoculars at-the-ready) always on alert.
And, Officer Popp is working with a professional search crew as well.
If you see a dog you think might be Karson, please do not approach him. Call the Wilimington Police Dispatcher @ 937.382.3833 without hesitation.
Folks, if you see a dog moving out there that you believe may be Karson,
do not post it on Facebook, contact 911 immediately and speak to law
enforcement. They have my number and can contact me directly and then I
can contact you directly for detailed information. I am not monitoring
Facebook and do not see posts of sightings. It's important for me to be
able to speak on the phone to the witness directly. Thank you.
What else can you do, especially if you don't live in the area? Include and keep Karson and Officer Popp in your thoughts and prayers. We all know how valuable collective concern can be for humans and animals. Dogs sense our energy and the collective power of moral support, for dog and human, carries great value. Karson, Go home.
"Does your dog run by toys you throw for him, as if he doesn’t see them?
Dogs see colours differently than we do. Research has shown that red
appears brown, and purple looks blue to a dog. Grass as well as his
green, yellow and orange toys can all look yellowish to him. No wonder
he cannot find that tennis ball in the grass."