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Dog ran away into Alaska wilderness - how long you think he has?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by IndianaMatt, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt

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    Our 30 lb. Shiba Inu got spooked by some gunshots near a friend's cabin a few hours north of Anchorage and took off. We spent the whole weekend searching. He's a healthy young dog with a strong hunting instinct, a thick fur coat, and usually very happy in the cold.

    I spent my weekend wandering around in the 0 degree weather, rifle over my shoulder - probably covered ten square miles. It gets to about -8 degrees at night now.

    How long do you think we've got to find him in the wilderness? Anyone got any thoughts?
     
  2. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    That sucks.

    I have know idea how long your dog might last, there's just waaaaay too many variables.

    Prayers. Perhaps your dog will just show-up on the door step. Leave some of your clothes outside. Dirty ones, not clean ones.
     

  3. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    No advice but I wish you the best of luck finding your dog.
     
  4. Hoser423

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    I'm very sorry to hear that. Good luck. No clue on actual scientific odds.

    Shibas are better suited than most--- both physically and in disposition to get by a while. Certainly too soon to give up. Obviously be less optimistic after a few more days.
     
  5. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

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    I sincerely wish you and your dog achieve a happy ending.

    Nothing/no one should have to die alone.

    Hope you are re-united soon.
     
  6. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

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    I just read that two Japanese huskies survived a full year in Antarctica.
     
  7. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    I'm not sure exactly what that means...but I agree.
     
  8. Mrs. VR

    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    :( I'm so sorry, I hope he finds his way home soon.
     
  9. Goat 36

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    Wish I had some good advice.

    I love my dogs more than I love most people and I feel your pain.

    Your efforts describe you as a devoted owner and I sincerely hope you find him.

    Best wishes and prayers for a happy reunion.

    Hoping he had his collar on in the instance he might be found. Just a slight chance it would motivate someone to make efforts to seek his owner/home.
     
  10. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

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    I was ambiguous. I don't mean in the after-life.:shocked:
     
  11. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Good luck finding your dog, Matt.
     
  12. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

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    That's a bummer....sorry!

    I couldn't tell ya how long....but I hope you get him back. I've lost a dog while deer hunting (legal to use dogs in Alabama at one time)...two years later, about 15 miles from where we had last contact...he was found/seen...was wild as all get out. Never saw him again. I know, Southern Alabama is much different than Alaska; but that survival instinct will kick in.

    Good luck!

    :wavey:

    red
     
  13. debbert

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    I hope that your dog finds it's way back home, safe and sound.
     
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  14. tarpleyg

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    You ever see 8 Below. That movie was loosely based on a true story. While not a sled-pulling Husky, your dog seems to be bred for this sort of weather and can probably make out better than you give him credit for. As someone else suggested, leave some of your worn clothing out around the cabin if you're still there. If he's close, he'll sniff it out and come home if he has a mind to.
     
  15. Bren

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    I was agreeing either way.
     
  16. Foxterriermom

    Foxterriermom No place like home

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    Oh, that makes me sad! You must be beside yourself! I would be frantic if I were in your position. My little dogs would be wolf/bear/coyote bait and wouldn't last past the first night. I hope he shows up safe and sound soon.
     
  17. lethal tupperwa

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    like what was posted

    hang well worn-not clean

    undershirt out side

    that might help.

    My wife's grandfather, when he had a

    hunting dog missing would leave his coat on the ground.

    He said the next day the dog would be laying on the coat.
     
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  18. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    I have no idea how long he can last but I hope you find him.
     
  19. Detectorist

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    Dogs are a lot more resilient than what we give them credit for. I've seen Shepard type dogs happily live outside in 20F weather.

    Don't lose hope. Your dog is doing fine.
     
  20. concretefuzzynuts

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    If you (you're dog) are a resident of AK the dogs chances are much greater than if it was there for a visit. The thick fir will help but the paws take a lot of abuse. I lived there for 5 years and saw the "local" dogs fair fine. Snow for water, small game and scraps for food.

    I wish your dog the very best.