Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is the tally in the trap thus far. Hopefully we've scared off all the neighborhood cats (or got them crated off by animal control) so now Roscoe can have a chance to get caught. :(
Friday, January 09, 2009
... BY ME!!! YAY!!! I do feel reassured after seeing him in a way. Almost like... ok so the other people that saw him -- that was REAL.
The bad news is that he ran off when I called to him. He was already running when I saw him, just runnin through the woods. I tried to head him off but when I saw him coming I realized I wasn't going fast enough to intersect him so I called out. He looked at me for a second but then took off even faster.
Whether he was terrified, or playing a GREAT GAME I'm not sure, but I followed and found a gap under the fence that he surely went through (because on my side it turned into SUPERTHICK brush that I couldn't even see into, and I saw him running past that point somehow... then when I saw that gap I was like OH he went under the fence and was running over THERE... *duh*).
SO! I tell my DH and anyway, that's the same place he saw him yesterday in those same woods.
So yesterday I was already thinking about the "humane trap" idea, but it sounded expensive and hard and I just had no clue. After today, now that both DH and I were unsuccessful in getting him to come to us...
I saw that the animal shelter rented traps. We called but theirs are cat sized and too small, but they have some buddies in Animal Control that they referred us to. We called them up and they agreed to come set up a trap in that area.
We talked to the people who live there and they were so nice and agreed it was no problem for us to set it up on their land. The lady even provided some table scraps (pork chops and macNcheese!!!) to put in the trap as bait.
When talking with them they told us that they sometimes put out scraps for the loose cats in the neighborhood (surely why Roscoe keeps running through that area and also probably why he's not hungry enough to be tempted back home with dog food.. hahaha). So we are very hopeful that he will run back through his favorite area and smell something delicious and go inside. *EVERYTHING CROSSED AND PRAYERS SENT!*
Also today I was down to 173.5, so another holiday lb bit the dust at some point. WOOT.
I just have to make sure to wear heavy clothes and guzzle water like crazy on Monday morning so that I won't have to lose too much to meet 10lbs lost in 10weeks. :) It turns out I AM on a 4person team after all so I don't want to let them down. Our team name is going to be: Fit N Fierce In the South! (I kinda stole that first part from CAROL_HOORAH -- minus the fabulosity.) Maybe also a higher sodium dinner Sunday night? Since I know that will cause fluctuation weight? hehhe. Anyway.
ROSCOE COME HOME!!!!!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
So... someone saw a beagle w/ a red collar running into some woods about 10 miles as the crow flies from where he was supposedly sighted on Monday morning -- not an unimaginable distance, but he would have had to cross a river to get there (there are bridges but only a couple... swimming???) and the river is FLOODED.
So I dunno if I really believe that was him or not... but anyway.
DH tried to go take a look but it's not like he was able to get there when the dog was seen. We got a call from a vet who got a call from a person who saw him... and I think we didn't even get the message right away. It was possible found on DH's voicemail. So he just saw a lot of woods getting dark very quickly. :(
As for me -- I'm physically feeling much better today. Made myself go back to sleep this morning instead of continual nervous puttering.
Woke up at 5, went back to sleep, woke up at 6, went back to sleep, woke up at 8 - putterputterputter, eat breakfast, then back to sleep.
Then I went to the gym -- burned 422 calories in 36.5 minutes (and that's estimated on a 165lb weight).
UM I also weighed myself at the gym's new super high tech supposed super high accuracy digital scale they added in the women's locker room right before Christmas and came in at 174.5 -- so..... yeah. MUCH better than 181. A lot closer to what I was thinking. 181 is a 14lb gain, I didn't believe 1/2 that number, thought 1/2 was a possibility, and here we are -- just over 7lbs up.
I'm gonna keep up the eating healthy and getting in workouts -- I have a WORKOUT BUDDY! SO EXCITED!!! It's SP user PHILLYCHICKEY btw. :) We're gonna meat up every weekday and possible weekends (maybe excluding some Mondays) to workout starting next week. So that should be nice.
Thank you all for your support, thoughts, and prayers for Roscoe. We are so desperate to get him home, and knowing so many people care and are internally pulling for us -- putting their will in our favor -- means a lot.
I'm glad it's sunny again. I'm hoping that will help. It's supposed to stay sunny through Friday! So here's hoping!
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Sorry for the morose title, but I wanted to give a small update without getting anyone's hopes up.
We went to the shelter again today -- kinda to look again, but mostly to ask if they had a record of where he was picked up before as a stray so we could put flyers there -- turns out it was WAYYYYYY out in the county area outside of city limits and highly unlikely he would make it that way again so we decided against that but it was worth a shot.
I really feel we've done everything we can at this point:
1. He had his ID tags and is microchipped.
2. Regular visual searches of the nearby area, walking calling, etc.
3. Laminated flyers up in the apartment complexes surrounding the area he was missing.
4. Regular flyers up in businesses (restaurants, very nearby WalMart, a few drink machines, local laundromat) and stuck in newspaper boxes for the few houses nearby.
5. Flyers taken by me to every Vet, Humane Society, Shelter I could find, checking that they scan for microchips as well.
6. GIANT FLOURESCENT posterboards with our flyer in the middle stating LOST DOG REWARD in 5" high letters stuck up at major intersections nearby.
7. Websites - listings on every free classifieds for the area and every free lost dog website I could find, including the local animal shelter's listing and the County Sherriff's office missing pet listing, etc.
8. A Facebook Group - to be circulated among people in the area to spread his photos and info to local folk.
9. Newspaper Ad - running for 30 days.
10. Calling daily to ensure his information is read on a local hotline -- they change the message each day with a bulletin from messages people leave describing animals they have lost and animals found.
11. Placed an item of clothing saturated in his scent (the hoodie I was wearing when holding him for the drive to and from my in-laws) on our porch to help him scent our place.
This is the hard part because now, other than regularly checking the websites/paper/hotline (and adding our message to the hotline each day because they clear it out everyday) and occasional walks and diligent looking... it's WAIT time. But I do get the feeling when praying that I need to be patient and have faith -- I'm REALLY trying but it's SO HARD.
I'm finding it difficult to focus on anything, yet at the same time in need of distraction. It's almost like I suddenly got a weird backwards version of ADHD and I NEED constant short burst of stimulation or else I sit and just think about him.
It's been STORMING regularly since he went missing and raining almost the rest of the time. Not only is it heartbreaking to think of him being out in that, but we believe it is hindering his getting found. (Probably hunkering down hiding and if not, who has the motivation to go in the rain and chase down a wet dog even if they happen to be out in that weather other than squinting through a windshield in the pouring rain??!?!)
I tell you I keep thinking about a time when my husband wanted to pick up a stray dog and I was feeling iffy about it and by the time we turned around he was gone. I will never do that ever again. If I see a stray dog, we are getting that baby and if he has no ID, taking him in somewhere. I wouldn't ever want someone else going through what we're going through because of me feeling inconvenienced. grr. I just hope that karma isn't playing a role in this event.
In any case -- I ate like nuts Saturday and Sunday with VERY VERY VERY little sleep. No real exercise except walking and some jogging looking around for him.
Then I decided it'd be really great to weigh myself on Monday.
The scale said 181 -- which I'm thinking is a big fat lie.
I'm sure I gained SOME legit weight because of Christmas, but most of that has to be water weight/stress/fluctuation from little sleep... whatever.
Regardless -- I've cracked down on my eating and I'm aiming for at or below 1500 cal (never to go below 1200) at the moment. I'm not tracking, but mentally estimating and sticking to good healthy staples that I am fond of. Gonna head to the gym tomorrow (gotta renew my membership and locker ANYWAY). Finally did grocery shopping this morning. I woke up at 7AM. (which for me is EARLY) It was better than 5AM from the day before. I just can't sleep right now with this stuff bugging me.
But in order not to mope (and be productive) I went grocery shopping. So at least we have food!!! I picked up very convenient items but made sure not to get anything super high in sodium at least. We have some sandwich fixings for some awesome sourdough bread I picked up at the health food store Saturday, Salad Pockets, Veggie Burgers (and buns), light chips (sun chips and baked lays) for my DH who is a chip addict, and they're ok enough for me to partake a bit, a box dinner of an awesome Indian thing (I can't remember what it was...), um.... I got some bananas and egg beaters and pears and string cheese and yogurt and sugar free jello pudding and cereal... yeah. Good stuff. OH and meat and crushed tomatoes and pasta. For Pasta w/ meat sauce obviously... we still have some Green Giant frozen veggie packages.
So it's not the most ideal for me -- not very CLEAN eating for a lot of it... but... I really tried to pick the best convenience foods I could. I don't feel like cooking and DH doesn't feel like cleaning, so I wanted to make it easy enough that we didn't keep getting tempted to eat CRAP.
Also since (according to my bloated stressed weighin) I have about 14-16lbs to lose to feel comfortable within my maintenance range again, I did sign up for my company's SCALE BACK ALABAMA team this year. Weigh-in is happening the week of the 10th, so I figure I probably will still be kinda high then maybe... even if 4-6lbs drop off from water weight or something, I could still lose 10lbs without being dangerous to myself or anything.
The program is to lose 1lb a week for 10weeks -- people that lose 10lbs during the contest time frame get entered into a drawing for small cash prizes, and a team that maintains all it's members from start to finish and has each member lose 10lbs is eligible for larger cash prizes.
I figure with 30+ people participating it's not likely we'll qualify for the group prizes so even if I don't REALLY end up losing 10lbs, it'll at least give me a group of people to be accountable with while trying to work off Christmas and stress gain.
So that's the whole truth and the full update!!!!!!!! I ate badly over Christmas break and I compounded it with terrible stress induced emotional bingeing, but I stopped the rollercoaster after the weekend and I'm getting back on track.
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