Reunited: Black Labrador Retriever Male

  • Dog ID 25584
  • Status Reunited
  • Registered 15 Oct 2010
  • Gender & Breed Male Labrador Retriever
  • Age Young Adult
  • Colour black
  • Marks & Scars Limps on back legs.
  • Tagged No
  • Microchipped Unknown
  • Tattooed No
  • Date Lost 15 Oct 2010
  • Where Lost Ockham Common Car Park (Sevices near Wisley on junction of A3 and M25).
  • Lost In Region South East
  • Lost In Post Area KT11
  • Date Reunited 16 Oct 2010
  • Other Info Escaped on rescue run from |reland. Very nervous dog must not be approached by men.
  • Listed By Jayne - Founder Doglost.
  • Views 6042
  • TARKA ON VIDEOPoster Image
  • TARKA ON VIDEOExtra Image


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Great work everyone- he's a gorgeous boy, good luck in your new forever home Tarka xx
Loved the video, as did my lab Digby! You are absolutely gorgeous Tarka - hope you soon find your forever home. Have a happy life xx
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator - Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
FANTASTIC work by everyone involved WELL DONE and THANK YOU. Watched the video he is one gorgeous boy, wishing Tarka a great future with whoever he is rehomed with, sure that wont take long. Jan x
Jarvis Cocker
I have just watched the video of Tarka, he is a very handsome boy, I wish him a long and happy life.
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Thanks Jytte!
I have just watched the video on you tube. What a gorgeous boy you are Tarka and good luck in your new home, I'm sure you will be showered with lots of love and cuddles. xxx
DogLostJytte - Area Volunteer - West Yorkshire

Tarka the Movie, try Beverley Cuddy's link, I think these links have to be copied and pasted from here.

CANT SEEM TO GET THIS ONE TO OPEN EITHERLast edited: 2010-10-18 13:52:42 by wickedweims
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.

What a relief this beautiful boy is now safe. Good luck in your new home sweetheart xx
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Great news...heard earlier from Owl and PaulaK but unfortunately we had hiccups with our server so could not post. So BIG thanks to all of you that roped together to help and really sorry the out of hour dog warden (male) got bitten in the process!
Oh what a relief he is safe, its been sooo worrying. Massively huge thanks to everyone who has done their utmost to help here, Fab helpers Paula K, Nannynoddle,Lisa Baker and Saza, you are Brilliant!! The person I want to thank too is Owl who was prepared to drop everything miles and miles away and come down to track Tarka. Thanks a million Owl XX, give Wispa a cuddle from meLast edited: 2010-10-16 18:40:43 by Mollychops
Hadn't travelled very far when my mobile was ringing like mad so pulled off at next junction to get a very happy message from Jemima. So pleased this boy is safe.
Lisa Baker
Just back from taking the final posters down :0) Thank god Tarka is safe & en route in Jemimas car to his new home!! I can put the pilchards back in the cupboard for another day! Thanks to the residents of Ockham, Horsley, Effingham & Cobham who helped & lets hope Tarka is happy in his new family xxx
Oh that is good news:-) I went out to Ockham to look this morning but coudln't get back on the website to post. Hope he is ok. Will we be updated on his progress? Do hope so. Think we have all fallen for that sad worried face.
Poochie Freak
SO happy to read that he has been found safely. Good boy Tarka, for staying safe and well done to whoever managed to catch him. I bet I'm not the only one to be a bit in love with this gorgeous boy! Wishing you all the best for your new life ♥
Im home and had great pleasure in taking some posters down - didnt go to the back of the woods so there are more there to come down if anyone is in the area. Several people stopped me as I was removing them - so nice to see their faces when you can tell them he has been found. Thanks everyone x Just in case anyone wondered he was picked up on Wisley Common so had crossed the A3 either over the bridge or the road!
Nanny Noodle
fabulous news, YAY!!!! Good luck little man for your safe future xxxxxx
Excellent news. Well done !!!!! Stay safe & be happy Tarka.
Yes!!!! The best news!!! what a relief!hope the poor by has a brlliant life now and can learn to trust us NICE doggy people!!!!!Whoop Whoop!!!GOOD LUCK TARKA.XXXX
my boy max
call has just posted this

Tarka has been found

Safe and being collected shortly

Celtic Animal Life Line (Reg CHY No 16890)

CALL Website

CALL on Facebook

DogLostJytte - Area Volunteer - West Yorkshire
Just seen on Facebook, via Beverley Cuddy of Dogs Today Mag that he has been found, and safe !
I have just been speaking with PaulaK who has been out looking for him - Lisa has posted on this but it may have been missed - A dog matching Tarka's description was picked up by out of hours warden - Rescue are on the way to the holding kennels to check him out - fingers crossed evryone x
Nanny Noodle
Is it worth getting posters out to Wisley RHS gardens? It's on the other side of the A3 but will at least help getting the word out? I've tried calling them but office is closed,
Nanny Noodle
So sorry, I've been out there over 3 hours this morning and have nothing I can report. Everyone I spoke to walking has seen the posters but also stopped several horse riders who were not aware so have passed on all info to them. I can't get back again today as I have my grand-daughter with me & she's exhausted bless her, but if there's still no news will go back in the morning.
(((hugs))) Katrina
Lisa Baker
Keeping everything crossed - the girls are enroute to a kennel that is holding a dog that fits his exact description - Please please god it's Tarka & they can get him to his rescue home tonight!! Paws crossed everyone!! Will update as/when I hear xx
IIRC John (Biggsd) has a "capture cage" and he lives nearby.
I will check with John and see if it is still there and available to borrow - if we get some sightings. The only problem is that it requires hourly (max) checks :-(
Jean Henman. Lab Rescue. Unfortunately I cannot get there today so much going on in rescue etc.. But friends are out searching as they were yesterday. Have crossposted on facebook & Twitter plus anywhere else I can think of. If there's anything else I can do please let me know. Come on darling Tarka come to someone please so many people want to help you. You WILL be found.Last edited: 2010-10-16 13:30:46 by Lablover
Lisa Baker
Just back from searching - been out since 7:30am & no sightings as yet :0( Have put posters up & handed leaflets to dog walkers, horse riders etc. in East Horsley, Ockham Village (really nice lady grabbed me & is going to do a mail shot to all Ockham residents as she is on the residents committee & walks in the airfield there too. The Drift Golf Club, Poynters Road Stables, Pound Farm Stables, Poynters Nurseries (as they own some of the surrounding fields & are looking too). Surrounding Dog friendly pubs - The Cricketers at Downside, The Black Swan Ockham & the Plough between Ockham & Cobham on Plough lane. Will go back to the common later this afternoon with the Pilchards in tomato sauce that Jemima suggested. Have crossposted on Facebook too.....
Lisa Baker
Just back from searching - been out since 7:30am & no sightings as yet :0( Have put posters up & handed leaflets to dog walkers, horse riders etc. in East Horsley, Ockham Village (really nice lady grabbed me & is going to do a mail shot to all Ockham residents as she is on the residents committee & walks in the airfield there too. The Drift Golf Club, Poynters Road Stables, Pound Farm Stables, Poynters Nurseries (as they own some of the surrounding fields & are looking too). Surrounding Dog friendly pubs - The Cricketers at Downside, The Black Swan Ockham & the Plough between Ockham & Cobham on Plough lane. Will go back to the common later this afternoon with the Pilchards in tomato sauce that Jemima suggested. Have crossposted on Facebook too.....
Just setting off in a minute, dogs are already in car waiting. Wispa the young dog is usually OK with other dogs on their patch, but not cat friendly. We can stay over with relative in Barnet but if anyone has any ideas for anything nearer it would be great, as if we don't get Tarka today we will be out again first thing tomorrow. Don't know about ace dog-tracker, I just have a dog with an ace nose!
Black Retriever X Rescue
We have ace dog-tracker Phoebe on way from Derbyshire - should be arriving Ockham 3.30pm - 4pm. Given the v short notice, Phoebe is bringing an old dog with her who is too frail to accompany the tracking. Is there anyone who could sit in the car at Ockham for us while we're tracking? Also, Phoebe and her two dogs (one the oldster, the other the tracking dog, female, not always fab with other dogs.. well, except for finding them!) will need to stay over tonight. Can anyone recommend anywhere local that is comfortable and will take her and her two dogs? If so, please call me on the mobile above or email Am just setting out again now to meet Phoebe. Thank you to everyone who is helping. We WILL find this boy...
I will go and join the search as soon as organised. Hoping that my own black lab girl will attract the poor boy. He must have been cold last night.MJ (female!)
Black Retriever X Rescue
I can't get down there today unfortunately (I am an hour and a half away and today is a busy rescue day) so would really, really appreciate any and all help to get the poster up and out/flyers printed and distributed locally, inc to houses if possible as he may be drawn to a quiet garden close to food, especially around the Black Swan area. Lisa has been to the car park this morning - all v quiet but no sign of him - and is now walking the Common. Come on Tarka... be brave... lots of people looking for you who won't hurt you. We just need to know where you are...Last edited: 2010-10-16 08:50:47 by Black Retriever X Rescue
Jan S
Sorry that I can't join the search today, this is an area where I used to often walk with my dogs, not so nice now they have 'massacred' the woodland, though it may make it easier to see a roaming dog I spose. I am away from home this weekend unfortunately, I'll certainly get there Monday but so hoping that won't be needed and he will be safe by then. Good luck to Paula & her 'ladies team' x and everyone else involved of course.
Black Retriever X Rescue
He is nervous of traffic so am hoping he will have moved away from the M25/A3 - and possibly from the car park too as there is a lot of traffic noise there and a lot of people. It doesn't help that it's a very well-known public sex area, with a lot of men parking up, walking into the bushes and back again at all times (v unpleasant but should say that all those we approached yesterday were very helpful). I suspect he might have headed east which is a much quieter area. If there's anyone who could poster in and around the Black Swan, and perhaps at the v posh houses in the area (big quiet gardens which might prove a lure) that would be fantastic - as would on the other side of the A3 on and around Wisley Common as the footbridge over the A3 to that area is v close to where he went missing. As am sure everyone knows, he is VERY nervous. If anyone sees him, please call rather than try to catch him unless you are sure you are not to scare him off. He has no collar on so a slip lead will be needed. If he is grabbed, he WILL bite. He may be happy to come up to and follow a woman on her own, though. My email if needed (with me at all times) is edited: 2010-10-16 08:01:27 by Black Retriever X Rescue
Will go to Ockham Common now to have a walk round. Keeping fingers crossed the poor frightened boy is still there.
Good luck today, fantastic helpers !! I wish I was nearer to come and search, I will be checking Tarkas page regularly though
Poor Tarka must be so confused and scared. I hope you find him safely tomorrow.
Lisa Baker
Will be there first thing tomorrow morning with fresh food & water & looking. Will put posters up in Ockham, East & West Horsley, Effingham & surrounding areas & keep everything crossed that we find this poor boy & soon. Will let the two local vets know he's missing too incase anyone tries to take him in & also alert the local farmers & stables - Lisa
Black Retriever X Rescue
Hello all... Tarka is one of our rescue dogs. We saved him from being PTS in Ireland 2 weeks ago and he travelled over from Ireland last night. I was due to meet the transport this morning at Ockham Common this morning... Arrived to find the driver of the transport tussling with him on the ground. Despite being warned that Tarka was scared of men, the driver unfortunately decided to take him out of the van for a walk-round and as he opened the crate door, Tarka bolted. I arrived just as the driver was forced to let him go because the poor scared-witless boy was terrified at being grabbed (no collar...)and was biting the driver's hands. He then ducked under the van and emerged the other side, just as I was pulling up, then ran off into the woods - clearly traumatised. We've spent all day walking/getting the word out. A massive thank you to everyone who has helped today - particularly Paula who was absolutely brilliant; local police (who even despatched a WPC to walk the common), DogLost and Stacey from Lab Rescue. I gave up about 8pm - was dark and no sign of him. Left some food by the tree in the car park where he went missing. He has not eaten since about 1pm yesterday and I'm hoping that if not tonight that the smell of bacon from the cafe in the morning will lure him back if he's anywhere close. Calls tonight from local people offering to help in the morning (thank you Lisa); RHS Wisley gamekeepers now alerted; and Tarka is being widely tweeted/crossposted thanks to lovely Beverley, editor of DogsToday (see her blog coldwetnose) and the Labrador Forums (thank you!). DogsLost, am emailing you another pic that would be better for the poster. Tarka was picked up as a stray in Ireland after he followed a woman home - ravenously hungry, we think after having become separated from his owner who we think was a hunter (Tarka is a working-type lab). He was limping - which turned out to be due to two broken toes. Unfortunately, the bandage/split came off in the tussle this morning. (I have it if anyone knows any tracker dogs that might be able to track him from this). We hear he is scared of traffic so fingers crossed he has run away from the A3/M25. Saza - yes, you have the location exactly right - carpark/transport cafe ("Ockham Bites") in woods just past the first laybay as you head south down the A3 from J10 of the M25. We need to bring this boy back to us. He's already been through too much. He was very nearly PTS two weeks ago when, terrified, he went for (but didn't bite) the warden at the dog pound. But we didn't believe that this dog was really aggressive, just scared - confirmed when we discovered he is ovely with women. He has been in a foster in Ireland for the past week where he has been absolutely fine, including with the husband. But please, if any sightings, just call, don't try to catch him and we'll get an experienced handler there asap. Fingers crossed for a happy outcome. Jemima, Black Retriever X Rescue
Have everything crossed that Tarka is found tomorrow, wish I was closer to help. Stay safe Tarka until you are found. x
Have looked on map to locate Ockham Common car park. Am I correct in thinking it is accessed from south bound A3.
well done Paula you are an absolute star, and well done too with the terier!Lets hope tomorrow will bring a sighting of Tarka
LOL Paula - you always find something when you are out and about !! - hopefully Tarka is just taking a rest and may venture out in the morning , stay safe little man
just home - too dark over there now. Not a single sighting, must be laying low. Posters up and lots of dog walkers aware. Did find a tibetan terrier - now reunited with owner!!
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
PaulaK has just rung in she and others are still out on the common looking...well done girls and ladies!
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Thanks Angela!
Poochie Freak
:-(( Have crossposted to Labrador Forum and on facebook. REALLY hope he is found safely very soon.
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Poster e mailed out to local helpers in KT10,11,12,13,14,15,16. GU21,22,23.
Have cobbled poster together - printing now and then running over there
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Awaiting co to put photo on site. then can do mailing...sorry to keepyou waiting girls!
MJ aware and Katz Castle aware
photo emailed to admin address
depserately need someone to email me poster with his photo on as a word documant please as I need to get some printed so can head over and help with the search
Have done CJ - he ahs gone from the carpark the reansport police take breaks in so they are all aware
Barney 'n' Ozzie's mum
My husband will be coming through there with my daughter in about an hour. Will ask them to look out.Last edited: 2010-10-15 12:57:25 by Barney 'n' Ozzie's mum
DogLostCJ - Police Liaison & SE Regional Coordinator
Emaill sent. Suggest makes contact with motorway highways etc in case spotted.
Will put on twitter and circulate.
Spoke to lady transporting and she will email photo now - I only have access to printer til about 12.15 so hope its through by then!
Liz Piperpup on her way over there now
DogLostJayne - Founder Doglost.
Thanks paula.
will alert some local helpers (females) - may be able to get over there later this afternoon. Will ring now for more information


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