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Pilot is Found, Back Home and in Good Shape

The dog eventually circled back to Lucky Dogs Dog Daycare, and was back with her owners Sunday.

Pilot's big adventure is over. Credit: Contributed.
Pilot's big adventure is over. Credit: Contributed.
The owner of Pilot, the lost Shepherd mix, reported Sunday morning that she has her back, and she's in good shape and back home.

The dog slipped away from Lucky Dogs Dog Daycare on Monday afternoon, and was seen, but not captured, for almost a week in Milford and Hopedale.

She was recovered Sunday morning about 7 a.m., after returning to the doggie day care center on Sumner Street, where she drew the attention of a coonhound named Jugghead. The coonhound, as they do, starting baying at her, and an employee went out back to see what was going on. She spotted Pilot and called her owners, who were less than a mile away, searching.

When the owners got there, Pilot popped up on a rock, and ran to them when they squeaked a squeak toy. "She immediately jumped in the car," said Kelly.

The dog appears to have lost about 5 pounds and had some burrs in her, but otherwise appears in good shape. After a bath at Lucky Dogs, she headed home and the owners plan a relaxed day before taking her to a vet Monday for a check-in.

"She's very content and very happy, and we're thrilled and very happy," said Kelly.

Kelly, who works for Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation, said her employer gave her time off to look for her dog. The owners searched every morning from dawn until dusk, driving around town, waiting for sightings. Kelly said police officers, mail carriers, food delivery drivers and homeowners all called in with sightings.
milfordmom January 12, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Amazing! What great news!
Amanda coleman January 12, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Wonderful news!! So happy she is safe now. It was nice to see people from the community coming together and helping. Pilot is very lucky to have a great owner who loves her and did everything in her power to find her.
Jennifer January 12, 2014 at 09:06 AM
yeah!!!!!!
Milford Senior Man January 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM
I'm really happy for the dog and the owners. A lot of times the dog is gone forever but not this time.
Julie January 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Yea! So happy for the pup and her family!!
Ralph January 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Great that this story has a happy endying !
Sarah Del Soldato January 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Sadly this does not surprise me about a dog getting lost from Lucky Dog. At one point I used them as well. She was in the daycare center and I believed that my dog loved it. I had to board her for vacation only to come back and find my sweet girl disposition had change drastically. Her nails were bloody, she's was acting very skittish and shy. After bringing her to my vet she said that something might have happened at daycare. After numerous calls to the center without any call backs I had gone down there to speak to someone directly. No one had answers to why her paws were bloody nor did they say why she had the behavior. They had stated that she had a great time boarding. I have brought my dog for her weekly day care visit and needed to do a little research on my own. I found that my dog was not playing in group she was kept in a kennel for hours at a time. When I question the attendant she had said my dog only fared well in small groups. And at that time they did not have any dogs to play with mine. I had said well then why am I paying for her to be in a kennel when I can do it at home. They had no answers. I tried many times to call the owner April without a call back I reluctantly still brought my dog there do too her needing to be socialized. However the following week when I brought my dog to go back to daycare for the day she would not even get out of the car. She was whining and seem to be scared. I also one on Yelp and found some disturbing reviews from other customers. I can only hope that pilots mom will reconsider a new day care.
MilfordMomof3 January 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Any dog day care that discourages owners from seeing their dog in a group or where they are kept should be avoided. They should welcome dog owners to see the dogs having fun if that is what is really going on.
Jennifer January 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM
I heard similar bad things years ago when I was looking for an avenue to socialize my new puppy and asked friends/co-workers about it. I wasn't hugely surprised when I saw that a dog got away from them. Thankfully they at least stepped up to the plate and tried to help find Pilot, AND that she managed to make it back safe and sound. Maybe this will be their much needed "wake up call".
Resha Galindo January 12, 2014 at 01:05 PM
So happy for Pilot!
Nerina January 12, 2014 at 01:26 PM
I have had goos experiences with Camp Bow Wow in Bellingham. There is even an app that allows you to see your dog by camera to your phone or tablet and their website allows viewing through the internet. They are awesome!
Amanda coleman January 12, 2014 at 07:47 PM
I too had an issue with them. We left our german shepherd there for a 3 day trip because she needed daily medication and special diet. We left detailed instructions, a pill for each day and enough measured out food for the 3 days. When we picked her up they told us she had been vomiting the whole time( I left my contact info). When they brought her out to us along with her blanket that they didn't use were ALL HER PILLS AND SPECIAL DIET FOOD! Hello, No wonder she was sick! They feed her food she's allergic to.
Amanda coleman January 12, 2014 at 07:57 PM
And i also forgot this... I paid for 20 mins extra playtime each day just so she could be out more, I asked how she did with the other dogs? They said Oh, She had a great time playing fetch with the ball! My dog never,never ,ever liked to fetch a ball! That's when i knew she most likely didn't get let out. I can say i never left my best friend anywhere again.
Pam Mazzuchelli January 13, 2014 at 08:53 AM
I have used Lucky Dog Day Care since 2009 and I absolutely love them. They have been a life saver for me. I have found the people who work there to be very conscious and knowledgeable. You can tell that the people who work there absolutely love the dogs. Me being a first time dog owner they have always taken the time to explain my dogs' behavior to me when I had questions. They have been very careful about what dogs play with what dogs to avoid any problems. April has always talked to me in length about any questions that I had. When I tell my dogs, "let go see the doggies? they are so excited that they can't contain their excitement. I have recommended Lucky Dogs to about 4 friends and everyone of them feel the same way that I do. I know they always do their best to do what is best for my dogs while they are there.
Anne Steshoo January 13, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I am so very happy to hear that Pilot is home and safe. As for the day care in question, I checked them out years ago when my dog was young and I was not impressed. I opted to drive down to Happy Tails in Franklin instead. I've also heard good things about Camp Bow Wow. With that said, I'm not a big fan of doggie daycare in general, as I think many people use it for the wrong reasons. In the case of a dog like Pilot, who loves to play with other friendly dogs but who is very afraid of humans, I would recommend lots of socialization with humans over dogs, and a good rewards-based obedience class. Anyway, I'm glad this story has a happy ending. Kudos to her owner for working so diligently to find her!

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