The most common incident of Intentional Displacement
is the dog that is picked up by animal control.
Jill returned home that first night and saw the gate swinging in the breeze, initially she was not as panicked. Rocky her
adventurous Jack Russell terrier was trained to never go beyond the third house to the left and she felt sure his training
Reality set in when she entered
the front door and called out to the little adventurer and he did not come as he usually did. She was shocked and ran
out the door to begin driving the neighborhood calling for him. She would later find out that a new meter reader had
entered her yard and left the gate open... something she had never thought of. She took her own
readings and sent them to the utility company herself. A new employee was not in her realm of possibilities.
She also had wrongly assumed that Rocky was trained to not go beyond
the the third house to the left when in fact she was trained... not Rocky. They had a gentleman's agreement so to
speak that she would call him when he reached the third house and he would turn around and run back for affection
and treats in celebration. Without Jill there to call him, he had eventually wandered away.
Rocky had been missing three day when we arrived. The dog team immediately tracked
Rocky to the left as he had always went but then continued across the street and to the west. We followed the
little terrier's scent up one street and down the other for two hours until Cade stopped dead in his tracks,
lifted his head to test the air and turned abruptly North, running down the middle of the street.
After about a ½ mile I pulled him up and told the pet owner that we should concentrate our efforts back were we
had been tracking earlier... I did not know what Cade was doing but I felt sure the little dog had not run down
the middle of the street or he would have been killed.
earlier that morning...
A woman had noticed a small terrier hanging
around her house. She gave the little dog water and then decided it best to call animal control to come and
pick him up. They came around 11:00 and put Rocky in the truck's cage compartment. They continued on their
way and finished out there day before returning to the shelter. Later, when she went to the grocery store, the
woman saw our signs and called Jill to tell her what had transpired.
We would later discover that Cade had been tracking Rocky's scent as he was riding in the Animal
Control truck's outdoor compartment with the ventilation vents wide open and Rocky's scent escaping creating a trail
down the middle of every street he traveled. The dog team was less than a ¼ mile from the woman's house where Aninal
Control had picked up the little dog and they had transported Rocky down the very street that Cade had run down the middle
of... Lesson learned... always trust the nose of the tracking dogs!