Lost: Black And White Border Collie Male In Central (NN1)

  • Dog ID 30290
  • Status Lost
  • Registered 09 Jun 2011
  • Name SID NERVOUS DOG
  • Gender & Breed Male Border Collie
  • Age Young Adult
  • Colour Black and white
  • Marks & Scars None
  • Tagged
  • Microchipped Unknown
  • Tattooed No
  • Date Lost 02 Jun 2011
  • Where Lost Northampton Riverside/ Brackmills area
  • Lost In Region Central
  • Lost In Post Area NN1
  • Date Reunited
  • Other Info PLEASE DO NOT CHASE - CALL OWNER IMMEDIATELY AND OBSERVE DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT Wearing 2 leads one connected to the other to make a long lead
  • Phone 1 07929 233395
  • Phone 2 01604 478855
  • Listed By geoffd
  • Views 9739
  • SID   NERVOUS DOG Poster Image
  • SID   NERVOUS DOG Extra Image

 

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Pawprints Dog RescueJD
FOUND in Kings Norton B38 on 12.10.11 Border Collie, male, black/white, young adult, collar no ID Contact K9 Search UK on 07988 433187 or email admin@k9searchuk.com
geoffd
thanks for posting info JD, but that's not Sid.
Pawprints Dog RescueJD
My reason for posting is because the dog found was wearing two collars...having looked closely at the pics, I don't think it is the same dog, but best checked by someone else x
Pawprints Dog RescueJD
Found dog ID 33358 http://www.doglost.co.uk/dog_blog.php?dogId=33358 please check x
B30
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If anyone is receiving messages via other sites regarding updates then please refer them to Sid's Dog Lost page. If there is any news it will be posted here, if there isn't then there won't be.

Geoff has been in touch with me recently and will not be visiting Sid's page on Dog Lost any more but I hope will continue to keep in contact with myself or Angus so that we can help him if there are any further developments.
B30
Added to Dog Lost East Midlands Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/270158526343032/
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Owners are always grateful for help, so please continue to look for and poster for Sid. Sometimes the stress of losing beloved dogs with the searching & worrying relentlessly is too overwhelming for the owner. Geoff & Sid still need our support, but maybe we just need to work in the background for them. I am sure if there was something to report here, it would be so. Please don't worry, DogLost will never forget a lost dog. Thank you everyone for keeping these two in your thoughts.
AntheaB
.Last edited: 2011-09-25 09:17:03 by AntheaB
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
I so hope this is Sid. x
DogLostMaggie
I was just looking at the listing for the found black and white terrier on Uk Missing Dogs Register - here is the link and the wording of the listing -

http://www.nationalpetregister.org/fp/32220.htm

Its a black & white terrier with a yellow reflective collar.
I dont have it as I got chased away by cows, but I know where to find it. Its in a fairly enclosed field near the bedford road rounabout.
I cant get hold of the RSPCA or the dog warden.

Found in
Bedford road fields near Avon Northampton Northamptonshire
Postcode
NN1



Missing Since
24/07/11
Listed on July 24, 2011
Pet Type
Dog
Pet Breed
Terrier
Dominant Colour
White
Gender
Unknown
Neutered
Unknown
Distingushing Marks
Yellow reflective collar. Black & White dog
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
Thanks googlebug, I understand that you have been in contact with AntheaB now via facebook - This is possibly very good news and important after such a long time with no sightings - has Geoffd been alerted to the possible sighting yet ?

Just to confirm what Dee has said, many of you have my number already but it is impossible for us to monitor the facebook pages as well as the doglost ones so please call or email HQ with any sightings or post on the page as it will get picked up when admin moderators are checking posts and we will be alerted.

The area on the map looks relatively safe and not al all unlike the area that Violet was using during the winter months, there is a good water scource and plenty of 360 viewing - ideal for a dog in hiding
DogLostSherlock Bones Police Liaison Co-ordinator
Thanks Anthea - i've left a message for Sandie to check here and fb. Sorry for the delay googlebug but it is Sunday and Sandie is a volunteer and has other commitments as well as doglost. If anyone ever needs an urgent response please don't wait for us to stuble across a post on the internet, email hq on admin@doglost.co.uk or call in. Messages are then picked up by other coordinators even if the one you need isn't around and we can always then try and raise the person you're looking for.
AntheaB
Dee - the lady who saw a b/w dog in a field nr bedford r/about today has been inboxing me via Jasper's FB page. She kindly uploaded an image which I've just posted on Sandie's FB wall showing the spot where the dog was seen today. From what I gather dog was seen in the middle of the day but they couldn't get in the field owing to cows being threatening.
DogLostSherlock Bones Police Liaison Co-ordinator
Will alert Angus for you - not sure which facebook page you posted on but will see if she's around now - it's a little late but hopefully she's still around.
googlebug
can someone get back to me on facebook or here as i have posted about a black and white terrier (no idea if the sighting knows breeds) that was seen TODAY on the bedford road round about at brackmills... i have tried everyone but no one seems to want to get back to me or infact monitor the facebook page... i was prepared to go out tonight with a lead and food to this location but no one has told me anything
Ovelica
I hope everyone is ok too. Geoff if you read this my husband and I know how hard it is to search for a dog that you love and the emotions and exhaustion both physically and mentally are like a never ending roller coaster ride. But your dog is out there and may have turned nocturnal now so if you can try and do nightime you may just see him. It is hard but everyone at DogLost are a fantastic support and will help you also they have a wealth of experience in looking for dogs so their advice is so valuable. Please stick at it and I'm sure he will be found. Jeanette xLast edited: 2011-07-21 12:59:27 by Ovelica
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Other Co-Ords are in contact with Geoff. I haven't heard anything yet. Just hope and pray they are all okay.x
Ovelica
Any news on Sid?
marandina2
Thankyou will do. Alison
AntheaB
Marandina2 - if you friend Sidlost on facebook I can keep you up to date with when and where we're looking. If you can't just have a word with Sue and she'll pass your emails to me. Trying to get everyone on Sidlost's FB page to let us know when and where they're looking so we can coordinate, rather than all go at the same time in the same place, but will be happy to meet up with you. Anthea x
Beanie245
Really hope you have some luck with the trap and Sid is found soon... Geoff you have done all anyone can do and then some Sid is Lucky to have you... we are thinking of him along with our Tucker I have spoken to lots of people during our search and its amazing how many out there are aware of your plight and are on the look out, very best of Luck!!
marandina2
I just wanted to say that I live in Wootton and have also been down to Brackmills to try and find Sid. I could probably manage Sunday sometime if you want to email me.
AntheaB
Thx Angus - was aware of the legalities. Have inboxed you on FB.
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
please rest assured that Co- ordinators are in contact with Sids owner and we can access a trap - Traps cannot just be put down and left, by law they have to be monitored and need the landowners permission to place them & we need to have some clues as the best place to sight the trap before one can be deployed, this is being worked through at the moment
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Ovelica, nice to see you posting. Bless you. I believe we are just waiting for another sighting or food to be eaten. Any news, Geoff?
B30
Ovelica, I have already emailed Geoff about a trap.

Geoff, are you still putting food down daily? Is it being eaten?
Ovelica
Any updates on Sid? Can you get a dog trap set up? Can the Doglost co-ordinators for your area help you with this? The ones in our area helped with ours. Kimmybear and Sue can you help him with a trap please and can you give him Martin Soar's phone number as he was a great help to us.Jeanette x x
AntheaB
Geoff, just to let you know that we're still active on this, as well as for Tucker and Mika. Been back to that area a few times, not as much as we'd like, but still postering, including Sid and the others and just popped another postcard in the box for sorting office, asking posties to keep eyes peeled for these four. Did jeanette explain to you about the dog trap guy? Any luck on food going missing etc?
geoffd
Thanks Jeanette for your thoughts. I've been in touch with everyone. I pass where I lost him everytime I go to the sighting scene so am keeping my eyes open, also it is all postered up.
geoffd
Chris Barker the Brackmills Estate Manager is a terribly nice man and is going to send the poster to the whole Brackmills Estate on Tuesday.
Ovelica
Has anyone contacted Wiccaweys Collie Rescue they are Northampton way plus Woodgreen just incase someone has dropped him off there. Also he may return to the area where you lost him Geoff. Another thought if he hasn't been done can anyone take a female dog in season around the area or get the smell of one around the area that might attract him in. Jeanette x
Ovelica
Hi There I've posted Sid on my facebooks plus requested to be freinds for my facebooks too. Doglost are brilliant we don't know what what we would have done without them when we lost Violet the help and support was incredible. You are not alone Geoff honest your not and when your at your lowest we are here for you. If we can help let us know as we would like to return the help and support we received through doglost. Jeanette x
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
As a thought, don't worry if food not gone yet - he may be off on his circuit and arrive back in a day or two. This must be one point of his triangle, so he will return at some point. x
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Geoff, gut is good! Go for it. x
geoffd
Just been down for lunch break, no sign and food still there. Think it is outside some sort of soap factory so am going to relocate later. Think the carpet out of the back of the car is the best bet for further Sid smells, I've used all the hoover contents.
AntheaB
think you might be rights geoff. We parked at that end after first hearing about the sighting, as I told you, and it makes sense. Let me know if and where you leave any food thereabouts. Do you have something that smells of sid?
geoffd
My gut feeling is at the bottom end of Rhosili Road, into the pedestrianized area and back towards the canal. But gut is all it is, and based on one possible way in which he got out of the field, travelled along the canal and then got into that area behind Brackmills.

B30
Geoff I know it's disappointing but it's early days. With some dogs it can take a while for them to get into a routine.
digbysmum
It is always a worry when dogs go missing near water. I assume that the lock/lake and reservoir areas have been checked and double checked? Especially the reeds and rushes surrounding the lake - doubly worrying, as Sid still had his lead attached. This is obviously the worst case scenario, and I am hopeful that Sid is hiding out somewhere safe and will be home very soon. Stay safe lovely Sid xx
AntheaB
Think that might be too close to the road and heavy traffic geoff. Is there anywhere else you could put food and still observe, further away from the road? If he was wandering that day, the traffic and people would have spooked him so maybe he won't go quite so close any more? Clutching at straws here, sorry.
geoffd
Bit of a disappointment. No sign that the food has been touched either at 4.30 am or just now at 7.45 am. I've left it out there and will check again later.
geoffd
Makes sense Anthea. I've left the plastic bowls out there tonight, though they are fairly stable. I'll see what the outcome is in the morning.
geoffd
Ok. thanks Sue

I'm just back from evening stake out. Placed food and water in same place as last night and sat across the road from 8pm to 11pm. No sign.

It's quite busy with a steady stream of traffic and some really large lorries piling past. Seems to quieten a bit after 10pm but I couldn't stay awake any longer. I'll check the food in the morning as early as I can and next time maybe start the stake out at 10pm.
B30
Advertised in The Countryman's Weekly magazine today.
B30
OK Anthea, I'll email you the info on what to do if you see him.

AntheaB
ok geoff, but i'm happy to take over early hours in the morning at some point, so let me know. The reason I mentioned a heavier bowl is because a plastic one can be knocked over quite easily by smaller animals, such as cats and foxes - especially hedgehogs who tend to barge at things and tip bowls over. A friend of mine rescues hedgehogs and the larger ones carry a fair bit of weight. If a heavy bowl isn't tipped and a lot of water goes missing I think you might have a definite lead on Sid, though I could be wrong. This is all new to me as well.
geoffd
Just behind there is a bit of green with quite tame bunnies, so if Sid has got brave there's a food source. I am generally out there 630 or 700 but I notice that by then the traffic has started so I may need to be even earlier so am going to put food out tonight 8pm or so and hang about as long as I can, then come back at first light 430 ish. I'll use Sid's bowl for water its only a cheap plastic one.
AntheaB
ok thanks. I did notice a cat around kilvey road yesterday, ran straight across the road in front of us. Imagine there's a lot of rodents around there. I'll try to get there later after work to see what area you're leaving food. As Sue says, not a good idea for food to be left at different times of the day, so I'll leave that to you but do the stakeout at times you can't. I can probably get there about 6 to 6.30am or so in the morning and stay for about an hour. Might also try putting a bowl of water out geoff - I know there's plenty of water sources around there, but most are down steep banks. A larger animal like Sid would make probably take a significant amount, at least enough to show it's not a cat at any rate? I've got an earthenware bowl if you don't have one. Is there anything scented that you could put near the food, such as a blanket Sid had or something like that?

Sue - could you send me some advice on what to do if I spot Sid first please? Obviously I wouldn't chase, but if he bolts I'll need to know what direction he's going so will have to follow if poss? Many thx.
geoffd
http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=52.219852,-0.867998&spn=0,0.001145&t=h&z=20&layer=c&cbll=52.219902,-0.868174&panoid=9kCgVUv-Mxz9oVFJ2hQxog&cbp=12,276.91,,0,13.25

This should be a street level view so you should be able to zoom out to get the general idea. Specifically, if you stand and look at the prefab that says "BENNIE" I am putting food to the right slightly behind the trees. Not sure if the building actually has BENNIE written on it now.
B30
Hi Guys, yes if more than one person is putting food it's best if it's in the same place and at the same time(s) each day. If it is Sid, you want to get him into a routine of coming at certain times making it easier to anticipate his movements and that gives you a better chance of catching him.
AntheaB
geoff - it occurred to me that I could spoil everything if I start putting food in a different place. Could you pinpoint where you're leaving the food via google maps or something (or email me) so we can check in that area on our rounds plse? thx
geoffd
I left food about 830pm last night and it was gone by 6.00 am when I got down there this morning. No guarantee Sid ate it, of course but will definitely be working this strategy for some days. Will have to just park up down there later on and stake out I guess
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
I'm so excited! Sid is on his way home! The hard work you have done is now paying off - well done Geoff and Andrea and everyone - keep going. And Geoff, not if but when! (Sue, thank you! I got so excited at work seeing the sighting and needed to do something but I couldn't do much from there! Just wanted to help quickly. x)
AntheaB
we had another brief jaunt, but from the riverside end geoff. We'll be over the other side again tomorrow. Have to work but taking a couple of hours out and working a bit later tomorrow night, also because we've got a friend's dog staying here, a bit hyper, so needs midday runs to burn off some energy! That's great news about the newsletter and email address. Got a friend who's also walking her dog over there in the evenings, and also taking smelly food. needless to say, I'll call you if there's any news. Sleep well geoff, you deserve it.
geoffd
Ok, I've been down there since finsihed work and just this minute back. No sightings but lots more postering up and through letterboxes. I've also found an email for the site manager which I hadn't spotted before and asked him to circulate the poster. There's also a Brackmills Newsletter for employees so hopefully I can get something in there too, will be good PR if he is found. All Bus stops postered and main pathways and cycle routes and snack vans too in immediate vicinity.

I've left very stinky food near the spot of the last sighting and also scented the area. Hopefully this will bear some fruit in the days to come.
AntheaB
That's great - many thx Sue
B30
Anthea, I copied you into the email I sent to Geoff earlier so that you have all the advice too.
AntheaB
Just got back again from that area geoff. Don't know why I was worried about letting my own dog dump - it's everywhere, so wouldn't be able to tell if Sid's been there anyway, but no sign. We put up another couple of posters and saw some of yours on the way back. The factories around there are really noisy and I would have been surprised to see Sid to be honest. I think it's more likely he'll be about when everything has shut down for the night. As promised, we'll go out again before it gets dark. Might see you on our travels
B30
That's great news Geoff. I'm going to google the area and have a look then I'll be in touch.
B30
Kimmybear, I have already sent Geoff information on the things you mention and I'll contacting him again now that there are some developments.
geoffd
Just had clarification from witness. Sid was walking along Kilvey Rd towards Rhosili Rd. on the same side as they were driving i.e. on the left as walking towards Rhosili.
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
YES!!!!!! Doubt there's another collie hanging around that area. This is BRILLIANT news. Geoff, you need to leave some food regularly at the place Sid was seen as where there is a food supply he will return. Be aware also that foxes may eat it and not Sid, but at some point it should be Sid. Once you know for certain where he goes, you can catch him. Even if he is scared and doesn't come straight to you, we have ways to get him. And as Andrea said, he could have been picked up and then either escaped or been dropped there; that is why he can't find his way back maybe? You need to SCENT the area too. Do you have INSTRUCTIONS on this? If anyone can SEND TO GEOFF, please can you as I won't be able to till I get home tonight. Ta. Even though you didn't have Sid that long, he will still remember your scent and it may help him. Massive poster display in that area now and I mean MASSIVE and you will get him back. Come on Siddy, you are nearly home! x
geoffd
Thanks, I have just spent an early lunch break over there. I parked up at Rush Mills near the Britannia, walked along the back of Brackmills to the end of Rhosili Road. I've then doubled back and walked past the back of the Wickes' distribution centre and under the A45 bridge to where there's a field, and I've walked back up the (I think unused) railway line, back up Rhosili to Kilvey and then round to Howden's where the's a footpath around the outside back to where I parked. No sign, but at least i have a sense of purpose now!
!
AntheaB
Hi Geoff - just got back from a long walk around that area. Rather than email, I'll put details here so anyone else in the area can see at least one place to park and walk. We went through the industrial estate, right to the end of Rhosili road so we could approach the area Sid was spotted from another angle. We'll go to the other side later on today, close to council buildings and work our way forward that way. Where we parked today, right at the end of Rhosili road, there's a public footpath, and also a security guard - he knows all about this. There's no parking restrictions providing you park close to the curbs and obviously not obstructing, as heavy lorries are in and out there all the time.

I did the unthinkable - so anyone reading this please forgive! I let our big boy poo and I left it there! Horrors! I never, ever do that, but on this occasion I thought it could have one of two effects - either Sid would avoid it, being another dog's territory, or he might try to overscent and poo next to it, as my boy does. I couldn't get our girl to poo (she's far too much of a lady for that!), which would have been better. I know none of this is bombproof, if there is another dog poo there in the morning, it's likely to be another dog, but trying everything. Also, when we go back this afternoon, we'll put up posters around that area so you can concentrate on places we haven't been.

I know it feels like looking for a needle in a haystack geoff, plus please dont dispair. It was such a relief to hear he was ok. I had a horrible feeling he might be caught up with his lead somewhere. He's obviously chewed threw it. On the other hand, it's not impossible that he was actually picked up by the couple you suspected and maybe dumped back after all the publicity? Guess we'll never know, but we sure are going to try our best to get him home. Good luck today - will keep you posted. x
geoffd
Thanks so much Anthea, I was there last night and again this morning, will go over again at lunch and this evening. My gut feeling is in the paved areas behind the end of Rhosili Road, I think its a Debenhams distribution depot, and this leads to the bridge around the back of the Rugby ground, canal, and over towards the white water area. Now I have a sighting I'll get more posters up and email around the local businesses again.
AntheaB
Sorry I missed all this Geoff. Okay - plan of action. I know you have to work all day, so I'm taking the day off and we'll spend the best part of today searching that area. He probably lays very low during daylight hours, so we'll take some treats and let you know where we leave them. No guarantee it will be sid picking them up of course, but worth a try. We'll be in and out of there at least three times today and keep you posted. have to work tomorrow so today's best day to try for me. Fingers crossed x
geoffd
Further information from witness indicates that this is almost certainly Sid - nervous looking, crouching is spot on. Seen on Brackmills Estate by Rhosili Road and Kilvey Road (there are pathways and woods behind leading to the Bedford Road and past there to Lakeside/Rushmills and where Sid was lost). If in the area please keep an eye out, thanks.
geoffd
Witness saw a lone collie in the area on saturday, saw my ad and photo in the paper that evening and put 2+2 together. It's a definite lead. But it's a really big area with many, many places to hide. There's a waste tip and plenty to scavenge so my guess is he won't starve, and he definitely won't freeze tonight.

The witness doesn't know the area but I'm giving her maps to try and i.d. the exact spot as I guess he will be in that vicinity I just need to narrow it down.
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Oh, I so hope and pray this is Sid. Come on baby. x
Lisa123
Come on Sid, dad needs you home now xx
DogLostMajorjet (Jan) - Area Co-ordinator Liverpool/Merseyside, North West
Geoff, keeping everything crossed the potential sighting is Sid. Good luck. Jan x

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Scrappy2010
Shared again on my walland Paddys people.
geoffd
IMPORTANT. Potential sighting in brackmills ind. Est. Saturday 25 at 3 pm.
geoffd
Just seen this and spoken to animalwardens. This dog was reunited with owners who had reported him missing, which is good, but unfortunately its not Sid.

Thanks for the tip though
B30
Have just seen this Scrappy and sent Geoff a text to check it out. Thanks
Scrappy2010
Has anyone contacted the owner to check the location below. ?
Julie B
I have just seen this advert of a found Border collie
Found
05 Jun 2011 Border Collie
Location: Milton Keynes MK13
Gender: Male
Colour: White
Markings: black ear & eye
Size: Medium
Our Ref: 236326

For further details call 0845 241 7253 (local rate)
or email info@animalwardens.co.uk

It could be worth ringing to check it out as it does mention black ear and eye. Hope you find Sid very soon. Julie x
Julie B
I am so sorry to read the news about your collie Geoff. You gave him a happy life and were there with him until the end. You will always have the lovely memories of the time which you spent together.Rest in peace gorgeous collie boy. I really do hope that you have some positive news of Sid very soon - he is out there somewhere and I am sure he will show his face soon - I am only sorry that I am too far away to help - although I am here to offer my support. Julie xx
Scrappy2010
Have shared Sid on FB again.x
Scrappy2010
So very sorry for the loss of your lovely collie Geoff. Im sure it was a comfort to him that you were there holding him in the end. One more bright star over Rainbow bridge tonite. Rest in peace little one, and take care Geoff. xx
B30
Geoff I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your elderly boy. I'm sure from what you say that the time was right and you made the rght decision but still a very sad day XX
NannaD
hello geoff , I signed up today to look after everything while anthea is away and saw your news. I have told anthea and she has asked me to say she is so very sorry for your loss and is thinking about you. sorry geoff. i have gone through something very similar and know how you feel but it is the only thing you could have done. jan
Lisa123
Geoff I am so sorry for your loss. I know what a difficult decision this is as do a lot of people. I am sure you have done the right thing and he had you there at the end. It does get easier with time and you did the best and kindest thing for him xx
geoffd
Sorry, I am still looking for Sid but in the last few days my 15 yr old collie boy has been increasingly poorly. He had been in pain from his arthritis for some time and despite much care and pharmaceutical input over the weekend and today he was in a state of distress. I had to make the decision this evening to put him to sleep which I had been dreading, but I think and hope I have done the right thing. He has died peacefully with me holding him and although I am very very upset I think I have done the right thing for him. I will redouble efforts for Sid and will report back here with any positive developments.
B30
Geoff, sorry you haven't had and news or leads but all the right things are being done.

Did you get anywhere with BBC Radio Northampton and Chronicle and Echo?

The Post Office used to do leaflet drops with the posties when they deliver the mail but I'm not sure how much they charge.

Welland Valley Feeds monthly newsletter might put an add and photo in. They have a Lost and Found column on their web site http://www.wellandvalleyfeeds.co.uk/small_adverts.htm

He'll also have his advert and photo in The Countryman's Weekly later in the month.
AntheaB
I'm going away for a few days but will have a couple of friends watching this. Before I go I'll renew subscriptions to shop notices we've put Sid on. Someone else will be covering his facebook page and will notify you if there's any news that way. best of luck. everyone is willing sid to make an appearance.
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Bet he's been taken in by someone! How about postering in a totally new place - just chance it. Could be he's in a neighbouing area - in a different direction to what you are thinking. If he already came back to where he was lost, he may have gone on the other way then. Just a thought. Ignore me if you've already done that! :-) Come on Siddy, back home now! x
geoffd
Sorry, no. I have been working but there is nothing at all.
Scrappy2010
Any more news on Sid ??
geoffd
Don't know if that was anyone from here walking round the lake with 2 dogs this evening seeming to be inspecting evry nook and cranny very closely? If so thanks. I was there this morning and tonight I brought my old boy for a sniff around.
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Just remembered the leads, Beau a Patterdale has just been found - with lead on. Got stuck to a tree - go check all the trees! Poster the fields. Get some school kids out there helping - they may enjoy that and as many eyes as possible in those fields will help. Check under big bushes in case the lead is stuck. As a note young collies can chew their leads off too. Good luck.x
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Geoff, you are doing well. I know it is so hard especially without sightings, but at some point you should get a breakthrough. Think like a dog and you know, maybe come back in a bit to where he was lost and double check. Start from the beginning again. Dogs usually come back so you have to think - has he? Where would he sleep? What would he drink from? Is there a food source, even mice? Also, you need to think of all the things that would stop him from getting back and look at each one, just to make sure. Otherwise, it may well be he was picked up. So, make him too hot to handle. But you need to re-focus and start again from the point he disappeared. Deep breath, relax and go again. Give a big kiss to your other collie for me too! x
AntheaB
I know it's really time consuming geoff. I'm a freelancer and lost a lot of work since looking for Jasper, but I'm being driven by something or other. I think someone mentioned here about blitzing, and that's really important in the first couple of weeks. If someone did pick Sid up, I doubt they live far away, and if he's out there off on his own steam, I think it's really unlikely he's gone that far, certainly not out of the county. It's hard work but I think it will pay off for you. We're all behind you and all thinking and willing Sid to make an appearance.
geoffd
I'm plugging away with all these helpful suggestions. There's still no sign.
AntheaB
I've no idea if this worked for Jasper, but I popped a postcard in the letter box with a scaled down version of his notice, including photo, addressed to Post Office Sorting Office. Also put one in at Crow Lane depot. As I say, I've had no feedback on it at the moment, but its worth a try.
geoffd
Ok will do, good idea. Chron and Echo don't make it easy though.
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
Was at Forest Lodge this afternoon - Sid is not there - how about placing an advert in the local paper with his picture ?
Collieboys
Just to say you are in my thoughts,we are many miles away but am praying and hoping Sid will soon be safely found and back with you x .
AntheaB
You poor thing, following a barking dog. It must have been a heart sinker. I know what you mean, that area is vast and very complicated. Really difficult to explain to people who don't know it. Just about everything is there, buildings, farms, canals, scrub, everything. I'll keep going there too Geoff so you're not on your own. I hope you have some news from kennels tomorrow.
geoffd
I do too, Anthea, and I am spending alot of time down there. The trouble is which direction do I go... along the canal towards town, over to brackmills, up to billing aquadrome, across to little and great houghton. Or even its a short hop for him to the bedford roundabout and towards town. I spent an hour tracking down a barking dog in brackmills ind estate this pm only to find that its a house in the middle of all the units with a german shepherd. Never heard sid bark anyway but worth following up I thought. There are so many paths and fields and woods over that way that I have never even seen before and I walk a lot!
AntheaB
Can't stop thinking about him. I keep wanting to go out and keeping looking, and I'm sure you do too Geoff. But take heart in that there are so many reunited on here alone, against all the odds. Kimmybear made a comment on another page about dogs being psychic and I'm absolutely sure she's right. Just keep thinking about him in a positive way. My dogs drive me crazy sometimes with their 'dog sense' and sometimes its hours before what they've reacted to becomes evident. So much we don't know about these (and all) amazing animals. x
DogLostRiverlady
Collies arent daft. Stay strong.
geoffd
Thanks Angus, I too am hoping he tips up in some kennel on monday morning

I have ads on gumtree, freeads and preloved already, cheers
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
I am at the kennels tomorrow so will look out for him - you could also call Country Kennels at Grendon as members of the public occasionally take dogs there and the wardens then have to collect from kennels the number is 01933 665315

Can anyone help Geoff with a gumtree advert for Sid (All Free) and remember to refresh every day to keep it on the first page
geoffd
I emptied the hoover contents down there yesterday as suggested in the literature I read. This will also smell of my other lad which may help.

I'm afraid that it is nothing but waterways, river, canals, lake, Kimmy, so I am checking constantly and feel sick to my stomach every time I catch a plastic bag in the water out the corner of my eye. My heart's in my mouth thinking about it. Not near a railway luckily. If he did leave that field on his own then he could have gone in any direction and its really difficult to narrow down. Ten days now and no sign.

Doing my best to get some radio/newspaper coverage to track down this couple who may be able to help, even if just to confirm it was a different dog.Last edited: 2011-06-12 16:03:45 by geoffd
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Evene if Sid has gone off on a running trip, he will most likely return to the place he was lost, if he can. So do not rule it out. Geoff have you left something of your's near the area? Six weeks is long enough to smell "home", and he will remember what home smells like. I hate to say this, but please, have you checked all the watreways & railways. Are there any gypsey sites around there? If he has just disappeared, we need to think what has happened, why, who, where etc. Even if you could find those people with the black dog - maybe they have some info. Come on Sid, where are you darling? x
geoffd
Thanks Anthea for all your work and support. I don't have a printer but will get lots made up at work tomorrow, and I'll buy you a new cartridge.

Yes I've postered a fair bit round the canal, Brackmills and so on. Also up at Billing Aquadrome and the main dog walking routes, and up in little houghton. It's a potentially massive area with so many places to hide, also there are so few people about, especially with the weather today.


The post below about new information is based on my original conversation with the anglers who witnessed the incident: as I have said, I now think that I was wrong not to place greater credence on their account so am treating it as new information, and the ONLY info that I have to go on.

Thanks for the BK link, others have mentioned him so I'll definitely try.

The rescue centre where sid came from helped by putting me onto dog lost and I'm not sure what else they could do as they're not northampton-based.

Thanks again
AntheaB
Forgot to add - Sid is on 111 Facebook friends and counting!x
AntheaB
Geoff - you'll need to keep on at the Chron & Echo and BBC Radio N'ton. I tried three times for Jasper and they didn't take it up, but I think Sid will really grab their attention, so fingers crossed.

The one to ask at BBC N'ton is BERNIE KEITH (he’s on between 9am-12 weekdays). He's famously a total dog lover. I've requested him to friend Sid on FB so will let you know if he accepts although it doesn't look as though he's that active on facebook, so I'll back it up with an email if I don’t hear anything by mid-week (would like to think Sid would be back home by then).

You can email Bernie Keith direct: bernie.keith@bbc.co.uk.

I've put up a couple of posters mentioning the couple with the black dog but I thought it was hearsay so was careful how I worded it (‘would the couple seen walking their black dog in the same area and at the time Sid went missing please contact us with any information’). As I said to you before, if they’re not responsible they’ll call if they know anything (or not) and if they do have Sid they’ll know you’re on to them. Running out of ink, but printed those up before I saw your post below with info that seems more definite. Did you get another tipoff in the meantime?

I agree that Sid is probably not around that area any more but we took our lot there again this morning anyway. Obviously no sign. I’ve also asked Pets At Home to put up a postcard I printed up with Sid’s photo and contact numbers, etc., and I slipped a large poster to someone taking a delivery at the back of Pets at Home and also dropped one inside the locked gates of that obscure house I mentioned which is tucked away round the back. Haven’t done the longboats yet, but I saw your own poster so knew you’d been down at that end and probably covered the boats anyway (sorry, ran out of ink). If not, let me know and I’ll get on to that tomorrow.

What is the name of the rescue centre Sid came from? Surely they would help?
B30
Thanks Riverlady, great that Border Collie Trust have picked this up.

And well done Geoff. It's difficult over the weekend but see if you can follow it up next week to make sure they're going to put it out.
geoffd
Have sent the following to BBC Radio Northampton and Chronicle and Echo

Sid – Missing Border Collie

New information has emerged about Sid, the one year old border collie cross who disappeared on Thursday 2nd June from the River Nene and lake area between Brackmills and Riverside in Northampton. New eyewitness evidence suggests that Sid was rescued by a couple with a large black dog at about 6.30pm very close to Abington Lock and the Northampton County Council Offices. The area is popular among anglers, joggers and dog walkers. Sid has not been sighted since his disappearance despite intensive searching and extensive co-ordinated regional and national help from www.doglost.co.uk. If you were in the area at the time, or if you are aware of people meeting this description who have unexpectedly acquired a nervous 1 year old border collie please contact Geoff on 07929233395.
DogLostRiverlady
Border Collie Trust have picked it up and retweeted to 1,250. Have sent link to @ChronandEcho - Northampton Chronicle and Echoe 3,691 followers.....but I dont think they will see it till monday morning.
geoffd
ok thanks am working my way through canal forums
DogLostRiverlady
Have put Sid on twitter + will circulate. Are you near canals? They have canal forums.
geoffd
FaceBook Double Dutch to me I'm afraid, but all help is welcome. No sign of Sid on my dawn patrol or this pm in wider radius search. Have been trying all the tips, hoover bag emptied in area and will go back later. Been postering and have more lined up for later. Anthea has been great with help and ideas. Poor old SidneyBones.
AntheaB
BorderCollies - that's a great idea,but to be honest I don't know how to change it now. I only got to grips with Facebook for Jasper's sake so I'm still struggling a bit! Just wondering if I should change it or add another as a group? Does that make any sense? :) x
BorderCollies
I know that you can suggest friends, but it is much easier to communicate in a group and it is usually easier to join too. Sorry, was just trying to help to get as much publicity as possible. Good luck :)
B30
Thanks guys for doing FB. Geoff just sent you another email.
AntheaB
We checked out all the longboats last night and they're empty at the moment, especially after the bank holiday. Nobody is resident on any boat there, but we saw some huts further on (no access but we'll find a way), so we plan to put posters up all around and throw a couple up alongside the boats on the offchance owners go back at weekends etc. I'll run off as many copy posters as I can at our neck of the woods and will have to ask geoff to do up at the council building end when he can get some printed, as that is a long way from us. I've changed the poster to alert to nervous dog etc.

Caroline - Geoff may be right with his gut feeling that Sid isn't in that area any more but we'll keep going. It's not a place where we want to let our dogs off, even though they stick by us, so they get some good lead work (which they hate but needs doing!) That's why I want to get posters up asap. think that's really important, especially as it's been almost a week since the chap went missing. XXX
CarolineMurphy
You can suggest Sid to friends border collies, so it works the same way. Thanks for setting it up anthea xxx
BorderCollies
Re Facebook, I think it would be better to set up a group for Sid, then people can be added to the group much quicker and the word spreads much quicker too.
I hope there will be news of Sid soon.
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
Posters altered to say nervous dog and asking people not to chase but to observe
CarolineMurphy
I have popped Sid on my personal Facebook and will make sure he is all over the central region and west mids Facebook page and group. If you need, my boyfriend and I will be travelling up from suffolk on Wednesday if you need more search help as we will come near there. Just let us know. Another thing Geoff would be to give your postman a copy of the poster, milkman, etc. If he has been taken in he will notice if someone suddenly has a new dog etc. Hope this helps xxx
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
If the area is close to the canal then please get some posters to the longboats moored alongside and ask them to display on the tow path windows - everyone looks at the boats as they walk the tow path and the boat people often have dogs so will be sympathetic to Sids plight
AntheaB
Geoff - got your email re; facebook, so I've set up a page for Sid. The only name it would let me take is 'SidLost Border Collie' and I'm asking everyone to friend him. Jasper's page has a lot of friends in and around the area, and this is a good, instant way of grabbing some attention. I know you're not sure what I mean, but others here will know - if I keep 'bumping' Sid on Jasper's page, it quickly disappears out of view, and I don't have time to keep bumping him back up again sadly. Also I've done a couple of posters, as you said you can't get to a printer right now. They're just plain with a photo of Sid, your phone number and the place and date he went missing. I'll put a couple up at my end of Riverside later on tonight or first thing tomorrow.

If there is anyone on facebook here who could please friend Sid, that would be great (SidLost Border Collie). x
AntheaB
okay, sorry, just got your email. will reply shortly
AntheaB
Hi Geoff - just as I was typing that last comment, you must have been typing yours! What did you think of my poster idea? x
AntheaB
thank you caroline :) x I hope Geoff sees all these messages. I'm sure he won't mind me saying here that he's worried sick about Sid but a bit restricted as to how much time he can spend outside having the 15 yr old collie boy to take care of, so he can't drag the poor chap around with him all over the place. That area is large and complicated with all sorts of terrain including a canal - quite difficult to negotiate for most people. I know he was up there this morning, at the crack of dawn for at least a couple of hours, and we were up there late last night, just as it started to get dark. We can only hope and pray if someone has Sid they'll have the decency to hand him in, or that he'll let us find him if he's still out there. xxx
geoffd
SOrry previous comment seems to be at maximum length. How it is mean to finish is.... concentrate instead on searching the field. Do people here think that a couple would really pick up a stray and not report him missing? IIt takes all sorts I guess but I hadn't considered the possibility.
geoffd
Thanks all for your supportive comments. I want to share in detail what happened when I lost Sid because I think I may have been on the wrong track keeping going back there to look. I welcome people's views. This will make most sense to people who know the field/lake where I was with Sid.

That field is by no means totally secure but there are fences all the way around, and gates at every entrance. Two sides are bordered by the river and a ditch. When Sid ran I lost sight of him pretty quickly and thought he had perhaps made a beeline for the nearest foliage to hide behind, because that is his style in the garden. This was the reeds and rushes by the lake and I spent a good 20 minutes searching there before I moved on. I then went over and talked to some anglers who said they had seen a loose dog shoot up the bank. If you know the area then this is the gate into the field from the canal path on the council office side of the field. I went to look over there but there was no sign. It's hard to imagine how he would have got out of the field there, in his panic I cannot imagine he would have the thinking ability to climb through some slats. He finds it really hard to concentrate when out in the open like that and is far calmer when in the woods for instance. My thought at that time was that he must still be in the field so I spent about another hour looking around.

Stupidly, I didn't have my phone with me so I decided the best thing to do would be to nip home and get it in case anyone had Sid and was tying to call me. Before I left I went back to talk to the anglers and they said they had been talking among themselves about it and now remembered that when the loose dog had fled up the mound there were a couple, a man and a woman they were sure, there with a large black dog. One of the couple had bent down and the anglers thought this person was picking up the stray dog's lead. They hadn't realised that me, the person searching through the rushes in the other direction, was the dogs owner and thought I was a fisherman trying to find fish (I know nothing about fishing!). However, all this was at a distance of at least 100 yards and they werent that sure about it. Obviously at that time I was relieved because I thought I would get home, pick up my phone and find a message from this couple to say they had found Sid. I walked back to my car which was parked in the picnic area by the Holiday Inn. There were a couple of lads there having a smoke and they had a black lab, but as I say the anglers were sure the couple were a man and woman, and these lads said they hadn't seen a stray dog.

Anyway, I drove back to get my phone (I'm on the Welly Road) and straight back down to the field. I was flustered as you can imagine but I thought that it was really unlikely 1. that someone would just open the gate and let him out or 2. take Sid - I mean, he's a lovely looking dog but he is a quivering wreck! I therefore directed all my energies into searching the field thinking he must definitely be in there.

As you know I've searched and searched that field for more than a week and I'm 99.9% certain that he's not there. If he was he would surely have come out by now, even a very timid dog like that would get hungry enought o do something... if not chasing sheep then there are couple of dead swans which if hungry enough would surely provide a meal but there's no sign of interference. As I say, its not entirely secure but it would take some effort - or help - to escape I reckon.

It makes me think that I may have been wrong to dismiss the idea of his being taken and insteLast edited: 2011-06-11 13:12:33 by geoffd
CarolineMurphy
I also want to stress the point that this is not uncommon at all Geoff, and really don't kick yourself. The reason I started helping at doglost was because a man had one through almost the same situation himself. The way we got this dog back was by asking the ladies of the rescue to coe out, as it was the same day the man had picked him up, so there was next to no bond at all for him to come back to. As soon as the familiar voice of his rescue carer came, he came bounding back, he too was a very nervous dog, a greyhound! Xxx
CarolineMurphy
So lovely to see people grouping up to help search for this beautiful doggie, anthea is a wonderful woman and I'm reassured to know she is on the case too! I will help with the online adverts, contacting the local paper might be an idea too. If you need anything let me know, anthea too xxx
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Geoff, there have been a number of newly rescued dogs gone missing in situations just like your's. Accidents happen. That's what we are here for! :-) A lot of nervous collies are amongst these. There are a lot of things you can do to get lovely Sid back home. Postering is VERY important - it is from these that you get sightings and then you are really almost there! We have ways of catching nervous dogs too. Once those posters are up, you can concentrate on the other stuff just like Sue has advised you about and you can do this whilst indoors with your other collie. Hang in there, you are NOT alone. x
geoffd
Completely missed this while I was reading Sue's email and writing to anthea. Have emailed anthea, yes let's team up and get him.

AntheaB
Thx Sue - lifesaver as always x
B30
Anthea I have just sent Geoff your email address if you prefer to edit it out of your post.
B30
Geoff, 've just sent you a very long email!! Sorry, I wanted to cover everything I could think of.

Thanks Anthea for your offer of help.

Geoff, perhaps Anthea could help you with putting the ads on the web?
AntheaB
You don't have to apologise geoff - I know how worried you are. With the ad sites, it's tricky - you need to put Sid up on the 'wanted' sections on some of them, but others also have a lost/missing section which is hard to find. I'd be happy to do that for you tonight if you like. I don't think I'm supposed to put my email address here, but I'll do it here so you can email me and let me know what you'd like to do and also maybe we can arrange to spread out the times for looking for Sid, so that several parts of the day are covered? Just plucking at straws at the moment! In the meantime I'll bump Sid up on facebook to get him noticed again. Fingers crossed. Anthea xLast edited: 2011-06-10 18:43:11 by AntheaB
geoffd
Anthea, my apologies for misreading the comment about microchipping. Rightly or wrongly I feel guilty so was being overly sensitive.I'll be around and about the area over the weekend looking.

Re: the adsites I'm a bit confused as to what you are suggesting... they don't seem to have categories for lost/missing dogs or am I being dim?
GeoffLast edited: 2011-06-10 18:15:51 by geoffd
AntheaB
Now we have the area (know it well) we'll take our lot walking over there all over the weekend. It's a pity we didn't have something that belonged to Sid - one of our dogs is ex-sniffer and brilliant at search and find.

Its obvious now that you care about him very much and are very distressed and we all know how you feel which is why everyone offers to help.

If you go to preloved, gumtree, freeads, online, it takes about ten minutes each one to set up a quick ad. Lots of people use these sites to buy dogs unfortunately, but that could work in your favour. I meant what I said on animalsearchuk - I will help in any way I can. I'll even put the ads up for you if you like. It's no trouble at all, so please don't be afraid to ask.

I'm always replacing posters for Jasper that have been torn down, so I can do some for Sid as well (I cud capture his photo on here and give your phone no.).

It might also be an idea to put some posters in the shops at Riverside park?

Hope Sid comes home soon. In the meantime, please ask for help - we're all behind you. Anthea xLast edited: 2011-09-01 12:30:49 by B30
B30
Thanks geoffd for letting us know the full details. I'll email you some information in a little while and will advertise Sid in The Countryman's Weekly magazine asap.
Unknown
Hoping for news of Sid soon. Liz xx
geoffd
Hi everyone

I am Sid's owner. I am afraid I only found out about this site the other day from the rescue kennel where Sid came from and I didn't realise it would be so active with so many folk trying to help. Understandably I am fraught at having lost Sid, who was very new to me, and I am hoping that people will try not to judge me as a bad or irresponsible owner. My other dog is a 15 year old collie who was also rescued and I have done a pretty good job with him... I think.

To be more precise, I lost Sid in the area around the lake/reservoir. This is between Brackmills and Riverside and is here on google maps: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=nn1+5dg&aq=&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=12.031771,37.177734&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Northampton+NN1+5DG,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.233687,-0.848522&spn=0.012169,0.036306&t=h&z=15

It was Thursday evening (2nd June), Sid was on his lead as he has never been off in his 6 weeks with me. While running I tripped and fell and accidentally dropped the lead. Sid went off like a shot. He is very nervous and did not even stop to think. He was beyond sight within 20 seconds. Two fishermen told me they saw him go over the mound and towards the lock. They were also in the field the whole weekend and said they did not see him in there at any time. I have absolutely scoured this field in the days since at all times of the day i.e. 4am etc. As you will see there is very little foliage and I am convinced he is not in this field. It is fenced but by no means secure. There were no sheep in the field on thursay but now there are. Obviously I have also spent a lot of time in the surrounding area and driving round the local roads, business parks and so on. However, some is very overgrown. Sid was an exceptionally nervous dog and we were very early on in our relationship. I am not at all convinced he would come out to my call.

I take the point about posters and will definitely get some sorted out. At the same time as spending my spare time looking for Sid my 15 year old collie is ailing. I feel guilty enough without abandoning him too.

He has on a collar which I am sure will not come off and he has my phone number on a name tag.
As you can see the area he has got lost in is pretty rural, the difficulty is that he does hide away.Last edited: 2011-06-10 18:05:56 by geoffd
Dreamcatcher
Have Facebook shared and asked a few friends living at Billing Aquadrome, Perhaps would be a good idea to take a poster to the office at Billing gates and also enquire at neighbouring travellers site. I hope Sid is found safe and well soon. x
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
Still awaiting a response with full information on how he went missing from the owners - will update as soon as information comes in
AntheaB
Cud someone ask owner in what part of Riverside/Brackmills Sid went missing? It's all a bit vague but that area is practically in my back yard and as we're out with our lot so much we might have a good chance of finding him if he's hiding. can't seem to make sense of anything at the mo - not enough info. x
DogLostAngus - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Milton Keynes
Hvae emailed owner for more details of circumstances of Sid's disappearance
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Forgot to say, leave something that smealls of you where you lost him! Dogs tend to come back and he will stay in the area if he can find this item - or a few little items. x
DogLostKimmybear - Area Co-ordinator, Essex & Hertfordshire borders
Okay, you need to POSTER EVERYTING at the site he was lost and surrounding area - lots of posters! Make sure you check the authorities - the council, the Highways agency, dog wardens, is there a railway there? - if so phone Network Rail or go in the station. You need to rule all the bad stuff out so you can work on getting this lovely little boy home! Poster those roads in the eyeline of motorists, make sure ALL the vets know in a 10 mile radius or more. Any neigbouring councils? Let them know too. POSTER POSTER POSTER - canot emphasise enough - posters REALLY do work! One you get a sighting you are on your way to bring lovely Sid back home! Stafe safe little one, Daddy needs you back home now. x
AntheaB
Shared on Jasper's fb page, and keep bumping. Very concerned about this chap. Think we will take our lot on the walk along the back or riverside to brackmills tomorrow. For anyone who doesn't know the area, it's dodgy - have to keep dogs on leads as there's a very busy A road runs parallel. We always take extra lead out when we walk anyway, just in case. Lets hope if someone's picked him up they'll have the decency to give him back. Fingers crossed for you Sid. Just wondering what kind of rescue lets their dogs go unneutered and unmicrochipped? Sorry, but had to ask. X
B30
Northants TLO sent photo and details of Sid
CarolineMurphy
Facebook shared on DogLost Central Region xxx
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
poster e mailed to helpers in NN 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
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