Sadly, Leo has not been found yet. Thank you to all the amazing people who have been walking all the trails, looking into bushes and under ferns. We have been searching non-stop. An angel heard about the neighborhood search for Leo. He and his champion blood hound found us in the Park at 7:30pm last night, took a jacket of Leo’s with his scent and worked the park til 2am in the snow storm. He is back out there now. Attached is a trail map identifying areas that the blood hound found Leo’s scent. Today, despite the snow, kind people drove their 4x4s to the Park and searched those areas. No luck. Friends have contacted many vet clinics, hospitals and pet stores. Please continue to spread the word. I will attach a flyer that we hope you can distribute widely. We have received a tip that they may have seen a dog that looks like Leo with ‘an adult’ (no description) who was out at 5pm Thu with a dog who did not want to walk and wouldn’t budge. The person who saw this didn’t know a dog was missing, but felt it was odd that this dog didn’t want to go anywhere with this person. So we are hoping people will keep their eyes out for dogs that look like Leo and perhaps ask if they are aware that a dog that looks similar is missing, requires medication and has a reward for his return. Thank you for all the kindness and caring!
I am so glad he is home safe! I haven’t been sleeping well thinking about that poor baby out there. I looked for him a fair amount myself these past couple of days and think it’s astonishing he was found in that area so close to where we all were. I hope he is in good health despite his ordeal. I am so so thankful for this outcome! Happy Valentine’s Day to your family.
Oh happy day – Leo is found. The heroes are West Seattler Laura and her dog, Storm. They both showed curiosity, patience and perseverance in the search. Laura humbly shied away from any kind of recognition. Storm on the other hand was promised a big, tasty bone from the butcher.
I tried to update this post yesterday, but in my excitement, I must’ve pressed a wrong button. We want to thank so very many people for their help and support. A very special thanks to Thomas, who has been searching for Leo on his walks since Leo went missing. Around noon Sunday Thomas heard a desperation howl in the brush (just 1 howl); he called me and we hightailed it back to the park, calling friends and recruiting park walkers to join the search. One woman had a dog named, Storm, who I asked “if you sniffed a toy of Leo’s, do you think you could help find him?” He did and went off, within 2 minutes he FOUND LEO! His lead had gotten tangled in a branch and he was hunkered at the base of a tree, wet, cold and starving hungry. We rushed him to the emergency vet who amazing said, miraculously his vitals were fine! So after some small meals, water, and a warm bath, here he is wrapped up warm and cozy with his favorite toy(a fried egg), back home where he belongs. ❤️
Finally, a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Townes and his owner, who went out in the heavy snow storm on Friday from 7:30pm to 2 am(!) and then insisted on going back out Saturday til 10:30pm(!) searching for scent of Leo and confirming that Leo was in the area we ultimately found him! ❤️ We have so much gratitude to all!!!
This article made my day – I have shared it w/many others. So relieved to hear Leo is home safe and sound. Major kudos to these selfless souls and their amazing K9s who stepped up to help. My faith in humanity is restored a bit. Thank you for posting this story, WSB.
I want to nominate Townes and Storm and their owners, for some kind of medal of recognition!! Think they deserve it! Little Leo has become West Seattle’s lil darling over the weekend! Let’s give them some kind of community recognition medal… any one know of any we can nominate them for!? Seriously!! It was especially amazing of Townes (and owner of course) to stay out searching as long as they did!!
I am so happy this story has a happy ending! It was making me cry because he was so vulnerable. I applaud the WSB for leaving this up so we can be happy Leo was found. I hope we will see more recognition for the search doggies and their owners.
Well that is a feel good story for the ages. I followed West Seattle’s loss of Harold, the little schnauzer/dachshund mix that went missing in spring 2017 and was never found. My heart has never mended and I always fear the worst. Thank you Townes and Storm. And a big kiss for Leo.