Lost: Brown / Red (ginger) Pharoah Hound Male In East Anglia (IP12)

  • Dog ID 109735
  • Status Lost
  • Registered 04 Jan 2017
  • Name CHINA SIGHTED KESGRAVE
  • Gender & Breed Male Pharoah Hound (Neutered)
  • Age Adult
  • Colour brown / red (ginger)
  • Marks & Scars top of right ear surgically removed
  • Tagged Yes
  • Microchipped Yes
  • Tattooed No
  • Date Lost 04 Jan 2017
  • Where Lost Martlesham/Kesgrave, Suffolk - there have been many and regular sightings. Seems to have settled in one particular area but does travel around within a couple of miles or so, never far from people
  • Lost In Region East Anglia
  • Lost In Post Area IP12
  • Date Reunited
  • Other Info A timid dog, he won't come to you and may run if approached. Please just contact asap, thanks. He's a medium size podenco (similar build to a lurcher/whippet). We believe he has now lost his collar. He is in 'survival mode' and so if seen please stop, drop, turn to the side and avoid looking at him/speaking. And then please do report it as soon as possible - thank you.
  • Phone 1 0781 7776280
  • Phone 2
  • Listed By Mel
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  • Alerts Sent 222
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Mel
Many thanks Helen x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Bumping up again for dear China x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
From Mel.....
The recent possible SIGHTINGS of China continue ๐Ÿ˜Š The latest being this afternoon at 4.30 pm - very likely our boy due to description and location. PLEASE CONTINUE TO LOOK OUT FOR CHINA IN MARTLESHAM and KESGRAVE areas IP12. Thank you. Stay safe little dude x ๐Ÿ’œ
Mel
Many thanks, Gloria - just pleased he's feeling brave again! We'll get our opportunity and we're ready to swoop in when we get it x
Gloria
still thinking of china and looking Mel I wont give up on China
Mel
You wonderful bunch! ๐Ÿ’œ Lots of info on China coming in ... not just possible sightings but important clues too. All in the right area with a particular focus on KESGRAVE. Whether you SEE or HEAR something that might help please call or message us. YOUR ONE BIT OF INFO / HUNCH / HALF-SIGHTING MIGHT BE THE KEY!
PLEASE TELL JUST ONE PERSON about China, it really DOES make a difference. We couldn't have got this far without you - a huge thanks from Team China.
IMPORTANT STUFF ABOUT LOST DOGS:
๐Ÿพ Never far from people
๐Ÿพ Time and again found near where they got lost
๐Ÿพ Easily spooked and don't trust us humans
IF YOU SEE CHINA please, please FOLLOW THE ADVICE on his Facebook Page: Martlesham's Missing Dog - 'China'
Thank you to all who've phoned and messaged this week and everyone who is being vigilant and not giving up on our boy - we never will, he's just too precious. Stay safe lovely little dude, miss you so much x
Georgy Porgy
C'mon China getting cold out there now. You will be much happier at home in front of the fire! Still got fingers crossed X
Mel
Thanks for sending out extra alerts. Good news!
MORE SIGHTINGS! Wow, really can't thank everyone enough for the amazing number of shares from his Facebook Page and this has brought in more sightings so it seems like China is back out of hiding.
These are 'possible' sightings but they are all of a 'ginger' dog (his coat is much more 'red' than the pics show) out on their own inc early morning and late at night in the right areas so PLEASE, PLEASE do continue to LOOK OUT FOR HIM.
Areas of interest: RSPCA Martlesham - near the woods and fields and toward the creek; Kesgrave side of A12; Tesco and surrounding retail sites; Park and Ride / Black Tiles area.
Come on China!! Stay very safe x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Thanks Jayne for sending out further E-mail alerts x
collie
Great that there has been a sighting, it Hadnall gone a bit quiet. Come on home China! Keep up the great work team.
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
Alerts sent to helpers in IP3,4,5,6,10,11,12,13.
Mel
SIGHTING OF CHINA TONIGHT 10.45 PM ๐ŸพIMPORTANT NEWS!๐Ÿพ PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR CHINA ๐Ÿพ
Calling all residents in KESGRAVE and surrounding areas – the search for missing dog China has taken a new turn. At last he has broken cover and is being sighted again. Another sighting of our boy tonight on the MARTLESHAM HEATH / KESGRAVE side of the A12 – we can only beg that people drive just a bit more carefully and with EYES OUT for CHINA. Thank you so, so very much to Joanna for calling this in, and to our caller earlier in the week
We would be so grateful if people could be on high alert and look out for ANY glimpse / sighting / information – we honestly don't mind if folk are unsure if it's him as the pattern of 'possibles' and confirmed sightings have given us a corridor of activity running from the Black Tiles area and out in both directions – HALL ROAD, via MILSOMS towards the DOBBS LANE area and on the other side through to RSPCA Martlesham, towards the creek.
He's out there … please help us get him safe by MENTIONING to friends and neighbours (especially those not on Facebook) that he's still missing, still surviving and missed so much – he's such a gentle boy despite having such a tough start in life. Stay safe lovely little dude x
Mel
POSSIBLE SIGHTING OF CHINA CALLED IN TODAY - Kesgrave area (next to Martlesham) - Many thanks to Rachel who called this in, no collar, the right size and colour and the same way of moving (China has a little hop he does) Hoping, hoping that he's showing himself again. Stay safe little one x
Mel
A big 'Thank You' to the helpers over the weekend for putting up new posters and giving out leaflets. Also thanks to those who have called in with information. The cameras have been checked and we are still getting promising results including one (too blurred to be sure) that shows a fox or dog late at night in the wild 'bit' chasing a muntjac (brave!!).
Awful as it is to think of China in the cold and with less and less food sources it also gives us much hope that he will show himself a bit more if he needs to venture out of his safe zone. PLEASE DO KEEP VIGILANT - we'd be so, so happy to hear that he's feeling brave around us humans again.
We're still on the look out for more FOX-FEEDERS (China often turns up very late/early hours so people won't know he's been unless we can get a camera there to check it out).
More wild dog poop has been found - we haven't been able to find a way to get it analysed but we know there won't be many dogs out there living on a wild diet with animal hair in their poop! All great signs that our boy is there and looking after himself ... but a lot more berries than rabbit so let's hope he heads for food at someone's house.
As well as a poster, there are some of the pictures on his Facebook Page (Martlesham's Missing Dog - 'China') that we've got from the cameras of the braver wildlife who we see fairly regularly but only occasional glimpses of the shyer ones (like the fox with no tail) who we know are there. Stay safe beautiful boy, find a warm spot China til you're back on your sofa x
Mel
**NEWS and a call for HELP**
A possible sighting ๐Ÿพwas called in today but it seems this might be the China looky-likey 'Billy' (very, very grateful for people being vigilant and calling in) HOWEVER, whenever we get a poss Billy sighting we seem to get more China sightings ... PLEASE DO KEEP EYES OUT FOR HIM. The new drone pics are in and we're feeling confident we have a curled-up China and a couple more of our boy!
As the food sources for our little hunter get scarce we would like to find more FOX-FEEDERS ... Especially those who aren't on Facebook - please do let us know or mention this to people in and around MARTLESHAM. The fox image on his latest Facebook poster was taken in the middle of China's 'territory' - this is one of the more confident foxes who we see a lot, there are shy ones that avoid the cameras, a bit like our Chi!
If we can, AGAIN, locate him at a fox-feeders house then we will have an AMAZING OPPORTUNITY to get him safe - there are teams of people waiting in the wings to do just that and we're very grateful to them
There is another, clever, missing podenco over in Cannock and it has recently been discovered that she's visiting a particular street that contains a few fox-feeders. The wonderful and talented Ray D (dog trapper extraordinaire) was on the phone today saying that 3 in 10 people put food out for the wildlife ... let's see who the MISSING LINK is - we're sure that SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE knows more about China but we NEED TO FIND THEM.
๐ŸพThank you to all who are helping / advising / looking out and doing so much else to Help Get China Home. Stay safe beautiful boy x
JulieH
There's definitely a dog bark on the recording Mel,really hope its China ,fingers crossed for you c
Mel
On China's Facebook Page is a sound recording sent in by a Martlesham resident whose garden backs on to China's 'safe zone' and 'territory'. You can hear them trying to move through the undergrowth and then, firstly, a muntjac making its single, eerie, warning 'bark' and then replies from a dog. We can't confirm that this is China BUT given the time, location and the fact that it sounds just like China's bark make it very likely :) This is a sound exchange that I've personally heard twice deep in China's 'wild' territory. PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR CHINA - he's there, he's keeping a low profile at the moment but then seems to just 'pop up' in daylight! Many thanks to the resident for sending this in (and being brave in the dark!). Fresh, closer drone images have been taken and are being processed, the wildlife cameras are in situ and we are stealthily searching for our lost boy. Stay safe beautiful little dude x
Mel
NEW POSTER for China on his Facebook Page - time to remind people that he's still out there, hasn't been reunited YET, and we need those very valuable sightings. Perhaps people are thinking he's been found or are losing faith in him! BUT we've been busy discussing poo analysis with every UK company - it's very hard to do but one company are trying to find a way for us New, higher resolution, pics are being taken by the drone (thank you, thank you Dave!) and we have one KEY camera in a very important location that we've had to leave for a while to let it 'settle in' with the wildlife (so tough to resist going in and getting it) ... the other cameras have produced 1,000s of pics (because of some windy conditions) and we are working our way through these. We'll never give up on this boy as long as we know he's out there. As ever, very grateful for any SHARES of his new poster, sorry about our late update, we are working very hard behind the scenes to come up with new ways to rescue our Chi and really appreciate the support and encouragement from all. Stay safe you lovely elusive little dude x PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR CHINA x
Georgy Porgy
Still checking in on China. Come on boy your mum wants you home for Xmas, not that far away. XX
Mel
*AWAY FROM HOME 9 MONTHS - REGULAR AND RECENT SIGHTINGS - Please look out for China *
The search for China ... We've recorded lots of drone video footage and stills from his area and are carefully going through this (pic on his Facebook Page shows clearly some critters resting up in the area - one of them possibly our boy!) This will help us know where to quietly place cameras. So very many thanks to David who came out on Sunday, the images we have are high resolution and are helping as we go through them. Thank you also to Carol who made an incredible camera 'hide'. China is elusive, shy, much loved, and much missed every single day that passes ... he's there, he's surviving ... you have all helped so, so much with sightings, shares and information that has taken us so far already - THANK YOU
๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿพ As soon as we have 'regular' eyes on we can make a rescue attempt ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ
China, my dear little dude, the sofa is waiting - please keep yourself safe, show yourself a little more, get brave again - we just want you home x
China's Facebook page: Martlesham's Missing Dog - 'China'
JulieH
Always thinking of China . Your hard work deserves a happy ending soon team China xLast edited: 2017-10-01 09:05:04 by JulieH
janiejewel1649
Paws xd.
Mel
'CHINA' THE SURVIVOR! ***News and update***
He has been sighted near his 'safe zone' in Martlesham ... we want to make sure that we KNOW he is staying nearby so PLEASE do MENTION HIM to those not on facebook or on DogLost we want to ensure that EVERY PERSON IN MARTLESHAM knows about this sweet, shy boy! Thank you Team China The ground cover is going so there is much more chance of him being sighted again. THIS WEEK has seen amazing generosity: the offer of drones; plus the lovely Carol is creating a 'natural' disguise for the cameras to get closer without spooking him and the feeding zone in his area has been maintained by another intrepid local STAR. We're also arranging for poo DNA (!) - whatever it takes to Get China Home. We're so lucky to know roughly where he is yet frustratingly hard to narrow this down, BUT our stealth mission is working. Cameras will be checked tomorrow - fingers crossed, crossed, crossed for new pics! This is a mammoth undertaking - it will be worth every moment to see him home where he belongs. Stay safe you incredible boy, Mel x
Mel
A KEY DISCOVERY ... but if you're LOCAL please do keep a CLOSE EYE OUT for China. We'd like EVERYONE in MARTLESHAM to know about him.
Yesterday Darren Debenham (local lovely dog expert, trainer and tracker) and I carefully and quietly moved around China's main area and we made a significant find that confirms how he's staying near to humans but far enough away to keep himself safe, clever boy - for China's sake we can't give locations. We quickly moved out of the zone but it warms the heart to know this, we also discovered multiple very recent 'living wild' dog scat (or poop!) in the same area - sorry to the local rabbits :(
Thank you for the reports of possible sightings called in and one from a neighbour - a 'What To Do' poster is included on his Facebook Page in case you see him and he doesn't run off. And a special 'thank you' to Jane who we saw yesterday as she was able to give us much more detailed info about a sighting that has really helped.
I'm hugely grateful to Darren for his help, advice and support. We have to be careful and patient to get all the right info so we know when to make a move. We have other lovely lost dog experts on board - China has a great team trying to get him safe. The quest continues ... Please do look out for this lovely lost boy: ANY info is appreciated. China, stay safe little dude. Mel x
Mel
A big 'Thank You' to Ray D for getting in touch, checking up on progress, offering advice and ... ready to make a move if we can get regular 'eyes on' our boy - he, as ever, has a cunning plan and a new hand-built invention for tricky customers like China! So very many thanks, Ray, you're an inspiration and help keep my hopes alive. Thanks also for all the continued good wishes for China - it really does help and it's very much appreciated. Stay safe my lovely little dude x
JulieH
Good news Mel ,come on China ,time for your adventure to end x
Mel
We believe we have AT LAST got a picture of China's face instead of his rear end! Taken by the feeding zone that is deep in his territory (which we hope you'll understand we are keeping the actual location under wraps) ... we now have 2 cameras on this zone and just hope, hope, hope that he is taking food regularly. The weather has been awful for getting SIGHTINGS but these are what we ALSO need to help establish regular routes / places he visits - it's a slow process but, although so frustrating and worrying, we know that we'll do whatever it takes, for however long it takes to Get China Home where he belongs ... safe on his sofa with Zander Pictures are on his Facebook Page where we've compared the pic with one on a hot evening walk and one from his younger days in Spain (and also included a couple of other pics of the critters he's sharing the place with). Stay safe lovely boy, Mel x
DogLostReynard - Area Volunteer, Wiltshire
Well done Team China, fingers crossed xxx
Mel
Encouraging news from our newest feeding station which is deep in China's territory, covered by one of our wildlife cams. No definitive picture which we can say is China but we are getting night time glimpses of thin, high-up tails (very unlike a foxes) and another daytime pic of a lone brown dog in the distance that keep us hopeful (on his Facebook Page are other possibles, a fox or dog tail? and maybe a China or a muntjac crossing the water). He seems to have gone a bit shy again as no sightings in the last week but we've carried on with dusk 'stake-outs' using thermal cameras and night vision … this was going well until a very close encounter with a muntjac meant a retreat as it started 'barking' and gave the obs post away. Some better and brighter weather soon might mean that China will come out and show himself again. Please do keep eyes peeled and VERY IMPORTANTLY: any kind of info is useful, please do just text / call / message the Page. Thanking everyone for continued support, especially at the weekend as the flyers were being given out and lots of best wishes were passed on. Thank you, all paws crossed that there will be some positive news very soon.
Mel
We now know the identity of the 'mystery' dog and his friend - thanks for all the shares and messages on his Page. It seems that there is a China 'lookey-likey' out there in IP10 but I now have the lovely owner's details so can check out straight away if there is a potential sighting. China seems to be staying in his 'safe' zone of MARTLESHAM, IP12 - Please do keep looking out for him. Stay safe gentle Chi x
Mel
Thanks Collie - we now think he may have been seen again with the 'mystery' dog (another sighthound) a short way from his 'safe' zone. More details on his DogLost Facebook post and on his Facebook Page: Martlesham's Missing Dog - 'China' ... two loose lucher/whippet type dogs seen by Bucklesham Primary School, we're trying to get more info from the person who called a local vets as they were so concerned to see them. Stay safe China, little dude - always in my thoughts morning til night - just want you home and safe x
collie
This boy has got us all on tenter hooks, waiting for news. I wonder if he knows what a huge support following he has?? We just want him caught!! Well done you all you incredibly patient team China.
Mel
Another report of China being sighted from Thursday (31.8) - meaning he's been seen 4 times (with another 'possible' sighting) in the last 6 days. Despite a fretful 2 week spell of no sign of him August has been a month of the most sightings of him so far - we're very hopeful that this is a change in behaviour, of him getting braver around humans. 5,000 leaflets are going out in the local area and wildlife camera traps are being monitored - we have some good 'possible' photo's of him ... dear, dear China, stay safe sweet boy x
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
Paws crossed here....
Mel
CHINA SIGHTED - again ... He was seen this morning at about 10.30 am in Martlesham in an area he's been seen a few times before. Wonderful that he's being seen again and it seems his confidence has returned as, although he ran off when seen, he was around a public area in daylight. Stay safe China x
JulieH
Come on China ,really really hoping for good news soon xx
Mel
CHINA SIGHTED - early morning today - again in his 'safe' zone ... after the most sightings ever in the first 2 weeks of August, then 2 weeks of no sightings, he is thankfully being seen again. Stay safe Chi x
Mel
Thanks Jayne, great suggestions. And thanks, Collie - he certainly is an amazing boy! Your good vibes are much appreciated x
Mel
CHINA SIGHTED 7.50 pm this evening - back in his 'safe' zone - such a relief to get a sighting, stay very safe lovely boy x
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
You could try dropping some off with the paper boys/girls and at local takeaways.
collie
Been checking for news on this amazing boy, unfortunately I live too far away to help but mentally I will be there wishing him trapped soon.
Mel
UPDATE ON OUR LOST BOY: As China seems to have gone to ground and we've only had one probable camera image of him recently, it's time to 'up the ante'. Thanks to a very kind donation we've been able to order 5,000 new flyers and these arrive on Wednesday. If anyone is willing and able to post these to each house in their road/avenue/street in Martlesham (or if you live in a neighbouring village/town) then please do send a message or comment or text etc (via his Facebook page too) and we can arrange to get them to you or find a convenient pick-up point. If you know a local business that would be willing to have them then please do also let us know (we've visited lots but we want to make sure we have as many covered as possible). We can't Get China Home without you and so many have already made so much difference. Lots of things are going on behind the scenes and we currently have three daily feeding stations in operation, including a new one in the heart of his 'safe zone'; we've set up cameras in more key zones (with kind permissions of land owners) and this has only been possible through purchasing / long term loans and the kindness of those who've bought some for us to use – amazingly generous! We're always searching and have found regular fresh 'deposits' of dog poop in his safe zone that are clearly from a dog living wild. Posters are constantly checked / updated / replaced / expanded into new areas and anyone who would like some of these please just let us know. We think that China may have been spooked by a kind-hearted person/s who approached him rather than just sighted him. Here's a pic explaining why we ask for SIGHTINGS ONLY and why we can't just walk up to him or call him over … sadly this doesn't work with dogs lost for more than a couple of days as they go into 'survival mode'. As ever, so many thanks to those who are part of Team China by sharing posts, helping out on the ground and by sending positive vibes. Stay safe little dude, get brave again x
Mel
CHINA UPDATE: It's a little scary at the moment as we haven't had a sighting for a week (and he was getting so confident!) We're not sure if he got spooked when he was seen with another dog ... BUT we're as sure as we can be that we have him on camera in the Martlesham area (his 'safe' zone) over the last few days. Thanks to you all for the shares from his facebook page (Martlesham's Missing Dog - 'China') regarding the brindle dog (we have 'leads' but still haven't found out who s/he belongs to) - we're still trying! We really need some more SIGHTINGS ONLY (please don't approach him/spook him) please, please, please look out for him - I've met so many people who are doing just that, thank you! Please also do TELL ONE OTHER PERSON who lives in / works in / drives through the area. My beautiful boy, please stay safe, please show yourself, I just want to get you home! Mel x
JulieH
One day I'm sure he will be 'in the blue' when I check his page! Really hoping its very soon Mel x
Mel
Thanks for the good wishes collie and everyone - yes, it's quite something how he's managed to take such good care of himself, such a lovely, gentle and clever soul. We've had news of him every day this week so he's getting braver and more confident around people - I'll never give up on you China, stay safe til I find you x
collie
Hoping that China is soon trapped. One amazing dog with great survival skills. Stay safe.
JulieH
Everything crossed !! X
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
Paws crossed!
Mel
As ever, so very many thanks Helen x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Bumping up again for dear China, slowly does it!
Well done Mel and all the helpers that are getting the sightings of China for you x
Mel
Thanks to one of our fox-feeders ๐Ÿ˜Š we have a new PICTURE OF CHINA! It's very difficult to tell the difference between him and a fox on the infrared pics (we know we probably discount some that are actually him!) but we want to feel sure. The pictures on his Facebook page show him on Thursday evening - and the fox we had to rule out - as well as a previous pic we used to try and make sure it was him (it's all about the tail in this one). This is the second time he's been here so we're hoping he makes this a regular venue, then we can attempt a rescue. We've had some excellent sightings and more clues over the last week - there is no way we could have got this vital information without YOU ALL - THANK YOU SO MUCH! It all seems to take so long but we have to plod on, be patient and take encouragement from the amount of people who are doing so much to help Get China Home. It seems so strange that I can't just call out to him and have him safely back but 'lost' dogs really are just that ... they don't know who to trust, they just know how to survive, and I'm so proud of him for doing this so well. Stay safe, stay brave and keep coming back for those tasty sardines China! Thank you to everyone for your continued help and support, Mel x ๐Ÿ’œ
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTED* - lovely confirmed sighting of China today, approx 1.30 pm in the middle of his territory, chilling out in a field with a horse for company. Seen by someone who has seen him several times. He looked fit and healthy and confidently watched whilst the person crouched down with their dog and quietly observed. China then decided to slowly retreat, with a skip (!), into some undergrowth whilst he watched them as they went on their way. A huge thank you for reporting the sighting and for doing absolutely the right thing to try and encourage China to realise that humans aren't something to be feared. Please, please don't approach him or call out to him - and please do report any sightings (we had another confirmed sighting of him reported today from about 3 weeks ago just a few hundred yards away from here. We are getting regular sightings, he's becoming braver. Please stay safe China x
Mel
That's great - much appreciated, Helen x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
So pleased he is still being seen Mel, I have bumped up his page here and also updated all facebook shares with this latest news x
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTING* Someone was lucky enough to see lovely China! And I'm very grateful for them calling it in. He was seen at approx 11 am this morning, in Old Martlesham, not far from houses and woods. His behaviour change continues as he seems to get closer and closer to humans without being too worried about being seen... now we just need him to start visiting his old venue again - it make take a little time, we're being patient little dude even though we're all desperate to see you safely home, til then, stay safe and stay brave beautiful boy x
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTING* - seen this evening at 7 pm in the middle of his area with a good description and from fairly close up, looks like he was about to follow a route and got disturbed but it's given us some valuable information. Stay safe and stay close China x
Mel
Thanks for following his story, Georgy. There are a couple of methods we can use and once we have regular 'eyes on' him and can predict where he'll be then we'll try whichever is most appropriate to his situation and the surrounding area to make sure he's safe. He's being seen more and more and seems to be feeling more confident - when he does get home then we'll assess him and make sure he gets any / all rehab that he needs after such a long time out there.
Georgy Porgy
Still following your story. How do you plan to catch him? When is the time to do this? I wonder if he will settle back at home now he seems so confident in the wild. So want you to have your happy ending after all this time & effort.
Mel
A lot has happened over the last few days … Most importantly for me was that I finally GOT TO SEE China myself! We watched as he strolled past through some woods, in daylight. He knew we were there, he wasn't bothered by us, but there was no point trying to catch him – he's in 'survival mode' and chasing him might make him leave the area. But how WONDERFUL to finally see him, even though I couldn't quite believe it after all this time.
We keep discovering people who don't know about China but have great info when we get to meet them – please, please I would love ALL 5,000 PEOPLE IN MARTLESHAM to know about him and then we can get him safe even quicker. He has changed his behaviour, he's growing in confidence and is not so scared to be seen by people but PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH HIM. Any possible sightings, strange noises, flattened grass, anything that's a bit different, please let us know! Thank you x
Mel
Many thanks to you both - edging closer :) x
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
all paws crossed here...thanks for the update Helen.
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Bumping up for China, so encouraging, well done Mel you are getting closer....
Mel
LOVELY PROGRESS with the quest to Get China Home ... we've gathered lots of pics and analysed them, got second, third and more opinions and we now know that Chi has been visiting at least one house that regularly feeds the foxes and badgers (but he avoids the badgers by going later!) We've put some of the pics on his Facebook Page. We are CONVINCED that he is visiting more than one house and we want to find his regular places. DO YOU KNOW anyone in Martlesham who feeds the foxes? Can you ask them to get in touch even if there's an outside chance that they think there may be a 'different' or 'odd' kind of fox coming to eat? As ever, please, please LOOK OUT FOR / MENTION / SHARE this lovely boy - we are close to getting him safe and without you all we would never have got this far - thank you all. China, stay safe, stay near and the sofa awaits my beautiful boy! Mel x
Mel
Great - thanks Helen - what a day that will be! x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Bumping up again for China, getting there Mel, I just can't wait for the day you post that he is safe x
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTING* - early this morning where he's been seen before! We also have his rear end and tail on camera late at night twice - hopefully we'll get his sweet face soon instead! Great news BUT ... I've also had second-hand news since the weekend of 3 other confirmed sightings, really grateful for these but - DESPERATE PLEA - please, please pass on the message for people to CALL/TEXT (even if they're not sure) so we can capture the information (esp timings) asap and get as much detail as possible - sadly this vital information has been lost. And a very BIG thank you to the four (and another tomorrow) Martlesham households who are hosting cameras after he's been seen on their land / in their gardens. This is what will hopefully give us the regular 'eyes on' so we know WHEN he'll be around. Even just a handful of days of regular sightings means we can take direct action to GET CHINA SAFE - thank you so much to all in the local community who are SHARING / MENTIONING / LOOKING OUT FOR this lost boy. Without doubt it's working. Stay safe China x
Mel
Thanks JulieH - China seems to have become braver, more sightings reported to me over the weekend that have taken place over the last week. Absolutely everything crossed, we're getting there x
JulieH
Fingers ,paws everything crossed .Come on China please trust Mel enough to repay her hard work and patience x
Mel
Thanks Georgy Porgy - yes, we're hoping that Zander (his 'brother') may be able to help out, he'll be there all this weekend.
Georgy Porgy
Been following China's posts.Now that you think you know his route wondered if his brother podenco might help entice him towards capture? Really hoping your hard work pays off now.
Mel
CHINA'S ROUTE - we think we know it! There will be much ground work done this weekend but we need 'eyes on' our boy to now get some better timings - he IS getting braver and showing himself more, come on China!
He is such a lovely boy ... I am biased but he is gentle, timid and so wants to be part of a 'pack'. As a rescue boy he was still learning to trust when he got himself lost but he loves being around other dogs, it makes him feel safe - please, help us get him home (Zander his 'brother' podenco misses him) - you've all made such a difference so far. He'll be 7 years old later this year, I want to get him the biggest cake ever. Please SHARE and MENTION and LOOK OUT for him - he's so missed and so loved - thank you all, Mel x๐Ÿ’œ
Mel
Thanks nedk - Ray has been aware and involved since early on and has generously offered to help out when we have an area that China is regularly seen in.
nedk
Is ray deicoat involved in the capture of this dog. Any traps set up in the area this dog has been.out to long now needs to be capturedx
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
So pleassed there have been further sightings of China, I will bump his page up to the top, keep safe China x
Mel
*MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS* We've had positive sightings over the weekend and he was seen this morning from just a few feet away, taken by surprise. He quickly ran off but this, along with some other info from the people who sent the message, has given us a more circular route - great news. It's kind of wonderful and kind of heartbreaking to be standing in the spot where he was a few hours before but we're making so much progress that you can't help but feel very positive and even inspired this boy! We also had a call from a lovely lady who feeds the foxes just yards from where he's been seen multiple times and she thinks he may have been in a few times during the last week - cameras are now out in these places. All so encouraging but we need to get him safe, he's crossing roads on this route so please, please do LOOK OUT for China and MENTION HIM to others. A big thanks to all the lovely people I'm meeting through China's escapades. There's a lil video of a fox discovering the camera on his facebook page ... hopefully soon this be a recording of China. Keep safe little dude. Thanks to you all, Mel x
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTED* - approx 8.30 pm 7.7.17 - close to another recent sighting and in the area we'd expect him to be. More detail for our route plan. Stay safe China til we get you home x
Mel
Thanks Gloria - all the posters, tweets, posts and shares are working. We're getting a better and better idea of where China is going, just aiming to be able to get regular 'eyes on' so we can get to the next part of the plan. I spoke to a local resident who has seen him in the same small area 3 times over the last two weeks! This is great progress and adds in to what we already know - he's going to set up his own feeding station in direct sight and I'll be putting a camera on it tomorrow. Closer and closer, although slowly, slowly catchy China! :) xx
Gloria
Still hoping china is reunited mel and thinking of you all and the volunteers who are helping.
I do have his picture in the front window of my car so wherever I am someone will see it.
I will keep retweeting mel xx take care and good luck x come on china time to go home now xxxx
Mel
Thanks Helen x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Lovely to hear there has been a confirmed sighting of China Mel, really hoping it won't be much longer before you have him safe.
I'll bump his page up again because of this sighting x
Mel
Very encouraging news - confirmed sighting of China this evening - he was watched as he crossed a field and went into a specific animal 'exit' point that's he's used before. He was seen by someone who has sighted him before. I walked all round this field yesterday with the owner ... so close to my boy, I'll be back there tomorrow. Stay safe sweet boy x
Mel
Some good news to report this morning - a very probable sighting of China on Thursday evening, and a strong possible from Tuesday evening along with some pawprints in a place where no dogs would usually have access. He's often reported as a 'ginger' or 'red' dog - which is spot-on (the pictures don't show his colour well) ... huge thank you to those who've left messages / sent texts etc, we ARE establishing a pattern and EVERY possible sighting will be investigated and plotted on his map - PLEASE look out for a glimpse of red or ginger and PLEASE mention to others not on facebook or online - Many thanks for the continued shares on his page. Stay safe little dude, we're hot on your trail x
Mel
THE SEARCH CONTINUES ... and will continue until China is found - we still need your help. Not surprisingly, in the heat of the week, China seems to have gone to ground. We have tried a feeding regime but no luck SO FAR. Volunteers have been out postering further afield - thank you all! And someone has kindly offered two more (no glow) cameras which we are targeting in specific areas - it's all go at China HQ. China, stay safe, there's an empty space on the sofa just waiting for you x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Promising news Mel, I will bump this page up to the top because of this sighting x
Mel
CHINA SIGHTING - He has been seen this morning ("99% certain") in the middle of what we're assuming to be his territory. Thank you so much to the person who saw him, checked the posters and then phoned to give me specific details of where this was. Lovely news! Come on China, stay brave, show yourself but stay safe x
Mel
China has been SIGHTED more than once at the SAME location - this is excellent news and helps us begin to see his patterns. There are over 5,000 people living in Martlesham we would love it if EVERYONE knew about China! A tremendous amount of shares already of his video (on his Facebook page: Martlesham's Missing Dog - China) thank you! Please do keep it going and keep MENTIONING him - he's still surviving, he's been sighted multiple times and we want so much to get him safe. There are also a couple of new photo's on his page - one showing his SIZE (above knee height) and the other better showing his COLOUR (a red/brown) - thank you. China, sweet boy, stay safe x
JulieH
Fingers crossed for China, Mel you are an absolute star for all you are doing for this dog x
Mel
Some potentially very promising news! On the way to meet two more lovely volunteers last night there was a call from a local resident - she had noticed dog poop in her garden for a little while, her outdoor animals (though not alarmed) were indicating there was an unusual visitor and then they saw, at a distance, for quite some time a very possible CHINA wandering around part of their land - on and off for about 2 hours! They are very used to seeing foxes and muntjacs but they believed this was a 'ginger' dog (he is a rich red/brown colour that doesn't show up well in photo's) so they gave me a call ... They are a lovely couple who very kindly said they'd do whatever they could to help so we will be installing a couple of wildlife cameras and, quietly, seeing if we can get some more evidence (poop!) and pictures.
This is what makes all the difference! Thanks to everyone for continually sharing his posts, looking out for him and mentioning him to those not on social media. Whether it's today, this week or it takes months ... we're coming to get you China so, until then, stay safe little dude x
We'd be very grateful if you could pass this message on to local people (Martlesham / Ipswich / Woodbridge) - thank you, Mel x
Gloria
Thank you Mel for your reply and kind words, China will be back on the sofa soon you are all doing a fantastic job working so hard too. My thoughts are with you all come on China let's get you home now xxxx
Mel
Jayne, Helen, Zoe - many thanks! And Ninja has been in touch ... one day he'll be back on the sofa x
DogLostZoe - Area Volunteer, East Sussex
Wow, don't know how I missed this. Mel & team, What an amazing job you are all doing. So pleased you have had some sightings in the past few days. I have everything crossed you get your boy back sooner rather than later. I'm sorry I am not closer to be able to help x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
So pleased China is now being sighted and is looking well, very encouraging Mel x
I will bump his page up again, keep safe China x
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTING* - you guys have done it again! Thanks so much for the message this morning - he wasn't just spotted but was observed for a while looking 'relaxed' and mooching around the middle of his 'territory' just after 7.30 this morning ... come on China - you're getting braver and braver! x
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
All paws crossed for you!
Mel
*CHINA SIGHTING* Thank you so much to the person who messaged this morning with a very probable sighting of China near to his territory - all sightings (or possibles) give us vital information on his movements. Thank you! x
Mel
Many thanks for the continued shares for China ... it's been an intensive week and we have a grand new plan now that Sam and Loki have given us a much smaller area to focus on. I've consulted with Ray Dedicoat, the Dog Trapping Team, Helen Jermy, Sarah (has a lost podenco in Cannock) and, very importantly, my 'unofficial' consultant Carol Driver :) who has pods and knows China's area so well - all of whom have continually given me great advice and support ... Thank You all! Hoping my beautiful lost boy is keeping himself safe out there x
Georgy Porgy
Been following all through this.Really hoping China will be caught soon. Good luck!
Mel
Significant progress in the search for China! Late today we had the dog tracker Sam Bryce and Loki come out again (thank you so much!). We had to make a difficult decision about balancing the risk of spooking China v checking he is still in the area and trying to narrow down where he is. It was a very positive result and (hoping all understand that we can't say too much as we want to keep China safe) Loki was able to not only pick up his scent but also to help us be more specific in where to focus our work! Watching Loki and Sam work together was really quite something - thank you to them both xx
Mel
**CHINA SIGHTING** Received this evening from someone who has seen him before, this is in his 'territory' and was at about 7.30 pm. We have had other possible sightings that we are also plotting on the map and looking into - thank you so much! x
Mel
DAY 137 - Thank you to all who've joined China's new page! As many people know I've been posting on DogLost since the beginning (and will continue). I just wanted to recap some of the things we've done and are doing to Help Get China Home: feeding stations / clothes left / wildlife cameras / drone / heat seeking equipment / specialist wifi camera / dog tracker / expert dog trappers (Ray D and Dog Trapping Team) on board / wildlife expert / posters, posters and more posters (and leaflets) and a good sprinkling of 'Never Giving Up'. This may sound like we've done all we can but it's more a matter of narrowing down where he is in his big territory so that we can get things in the right place at the right time and then persevere! That's why SIGHTINGS are so important as are lots of LOCAL SHARES to try and make sure that everyone in the local area knows about him. I am staggered by how much help I've received and continue to receive - I'm so, so grateful to so many. As ever, Dear China, stay safe little dude x
Mel
CHINA now has his own page on facebook - please search, share and 'like' "Martlesham's Missing Dog - China" or search "Help Get China Home" - I really need this to get out to people in Suffolk - thank you! xLast edited: 2017-05-21 22:27:28 by Mel
Mel
Thanks Gloria - wishing you a speedy recovery. The drone worked well for the missing dog Cherry as she was stuck in one particular place but I think with China moving around amongst so much other wildlife of the same size (so a drone with a thermal camera will also show any muntjac / foxes too) it would be difficult to tell if it was him ... and with a normal drone camera it is now difficult, in his area, as there's so much cover from the trees and foliage etc (one was used early on). A shame as I'd love to be able to get one out there, I won't rule anything out but have been advised that it wouldn't be as useful for his situation as it is for other lost dogs :( But I'm using a thermal imaging camera on the ground as it helps me understand where all the critters hang out, the tracks they use and their habits at dusk and after dark. I am ever hopeful that one day China will be home and safe and no longer running scared from the so many humans that are rooting for him. New plans are underway (and constantly revised) to try and narrow down his area and I'm so lucky to have all the right equipment on hand, only possible because of the generosity of lots of lovely people who do so much for dogs like China. Really hope your ankle is lots better very soon xxLast edited: 2017-05-29 10:32:21 by Mel
Gloria
Could a drone be used Mel? Thinking of China every day and all your friends and people who are helping you.
No excuses Mel but I have damaged my ankle as unable to go far as it swells up badly but China will be home soon Take care Mel and good luck and best wishes with everything You are brilliant and good things will happen soon xxx
Mel
I've seen that Sandy (ID 111228) the Spanish dog lost in Feb is finally safe! Wonderful news and I'd love to hear how 'Ninja' managed it!
Back in Suffolk again today ... any sightings welcome (possibles: muntjac? fox? China?) please call: 0781 7776280. I had a call Monday, was able to check it out and it was Billy the dog again but really grateful that someone called me, I will always check them out - thank you x
Mel
CHINA UPDATE: Really blown away by how quickly the funds were raised for the special camera for China - thank you all so much! (in Essex, Suffolk and beyond) and to the people who've contacted me afterwards offering to contribute, really not now needed but truly, truly appreciated! The camera - a Bushnell Trophy Cam Wireless is now ordered. I'm still waiting to hear on another plan to narrow the area. Dear China - I have lots of plans little one, and will keep trying them all until I find the one that works ... so keep safe little dude, there are lots of people rooting for you x
Mel
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated - the target for the camera was met within an hour - such generosity and support for this lovely lad is heartwarming and so appreciated - thank you x
Mel
I have set up a JustGiving page (link on the facebook DogLost site) to help buy a specialist WIFI wildlife camera so the trap can be monitored throughout the night and no little critter or lovely China will be in it for too long - If you'd like to donate a £1 or £2 or just share then please copy and paste the link ... thank you so much x https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HelpGetChinaHome
Mel
A new photo and video are on his facebook DogLost post ... at a distance he could easily be mistaken for a large fox or muntjac BUT any 'possible' sightings really are very welcome (the more question marks in any one certain area can lead us closer to him) - please do call / text / message me ... 0781 7776280. Many thanks for the continued support to 'Help Get China Home' x
madmudmob
Thankyou
Skywalker99
The other podenco is called 'little madam' and is listed as an ibizan hound I think.
madmudmob
Ray is the other Podenco listed here please? Can't seem to find a listing but would like to follow her progress
Mel
Many thanks Ray D and JulieH for such encouragement - I know, Ray, that Little Madam has been out there for a year, surviving on her 3 legs, these podencos are quite something! Good luck with her and thanks for keeping an eye on China - much appreciated, I'm still taking your excellent advice and will continue to hang on in there until we get him safe.
JulieH
Mel you are just doing a brilliant job ,I'm sure your hard work will pay off x
RAYDEDICOAT
Well done MEL thinking of you,always checking on China, as i,ve said before every single dog in his situation is different from the last one and the next one will be as different again, at least you are hanging on, He will slip up sooner or later, the whole key to this situation is PATIENCE and QUALITY grub covered...have you seen the other Podenco in Cannock which has been out 12 months, I have a surprise for her in a couple of weeks, Watch the space!!!
Mel
A full-on weekend of moving things about, late night encounters with badgers and another 'possible' pic of the lovely yet elusive China in the same area as before. Thanks to all for the recent and continuing shares, really appreciate it. I have a nearly full rota for the trap but if there is anyone able to do a couple of hours one evening (a Thursday) a week for 2 weeks - and who feels brave enough to venture into the wilderness - then please do PM me, I'd be very grateful. China, you're so shy and such a survivor, my beautiful boy, keep yourself safe x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Re-shared to Norfolk and Suffolk facebook group and other groups in the area.
Mel
We were very fortunate to have the Dog Trapping Team (who helped advise with the other Podenco, Wendy, now wonderfully back in her furever home! :) ) pay a visit over the weekend and scope China's area / get a good idea of the sightings so far etc. They brought (all the way from Brighton) an extra large trap and have selected a particular spot for it. I'm sure people will understand that we can't mention the location of it but I am putting together some people who can help me monitor it (any volunteers very welcome!). But please, please do keeping what you all do so well - sharing, mentioning and thinking of this gentle little soul. Ever in my thoughts and everything geared towards getting you home China, so keep safe little one x
Mel
The Dog Trapping Team are very kindly supplying an extra large trap so it can be in Suffolk ready for this lovely lad ... still a softly, softly approach. Drag trail laid today towards the food station and there are more 50/50 photo's where it's hard to tell if it's China or a fox but better that than none at all. Even more shares and more views of his page - thanks to all for this! Ray D is also still kindly said he'll help out if needed - very grateful to everyone who is helping out China, especially as it's been such a long time now x
Mel
Hi Gloria - no new sightings so I'm hoping he'll show himself again very soon, although we have had a couple of images on camera, in the same area, that we feel very sure are him (they're at night, so black and white and a bit blurry). We're closely monitoring this area now ... it's frustrating and heartbreaking, but we now have even more great people on board (Dog Trapping Team) who are helping/advising. Over 3 months out in the wild now, he's a clever and elusive little soul but however long it takes x
Gloria
Any news on china Mel x
Mel
Gloria - thanks so much for that. And many thanks for that info - I know exactly where you mean, the land is very close to where we are currently monitoring xx
Gloria
Hi Mel just to catch up I printed off the fliers for China as promised and handed them around also took some into the RSPCA in Martlesham they were happy to help to.
On Friday 7th I went down the lane passing by the horses and got to a stile but this time turned left so I was parallel to the A12 heading back towards Black Tiles and before I reached where about 8 caravans were parked I looked to my left and I saw something bigger than a cat going quickly into the bushes I was stuck as I was looking over but unable to be close just thought I would let you know hopefully it could have been China fingers crossed Mel xx
Mel
Finally - slightly blurry - but pretty darn sure it's China on camera! Taken after midnight last night, in the same field as the pic a few days ago but this time you can see a collar and it looks like the right ear has a bit missing. It will be 3 months tomorrow since he ran down the farm track (and this pic was taken very nearby) - feeling excited, keep keeping safe China x
Mel
After being in Suffolk yesterday evening, I thought it might be useful to pass on some of what I've experienced / been advised for anyone who is so kindly looking out for China in his 'area'. It is mostly common sense (so apologies if this seems obvious) but here goes: wear dark/mute colours; sticking to the paths helps keep noise underfoot to a minimum; walk slowly, stop often, have binoculars if you can and scour the fields/hedgerows and treelines (and binoculars are also good to look for dog pawprints on the south side of the brook); best not to speak if you're with others. With a public footpath all down one side and right through the middle of his territory it is ideal for being able to view much of his area. I spent a good while yesterday watching a fox hunting (about 60 ft away) and you're more likely to spot him unawares with the wind in your face (upwind). Big, big 'Thank You' to everyone who is going out when they can to have a look. V happy for any other suggestions of how best to look out for him. I'll be back in Suffolk tomorrow, sweet China, so stay safe my boy x
His 'area' is the countryside bounded by Bealings Road, A12, Black Tiles Lane in Martlesham - there is a map on his DogLost facebook post.
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
So pleased he has shown himself again Mel, I will bump his page up to the top.
Keep safe China x
Mel
**CHINA SIGHTING ("95% sure")** - Middle of his 'area' - Sunday 19 March ... Finally a near-positive sighting of China. Talking to people, showing them pictures and meeting my dog, Zander (also a Podenco), really works. We heard of a sighting from last Sunday and the person feels sure it was China (it would be 100% but she couldn't see a collar as he was in and around the bushes, approx 50 feet away), he was 'ambling' again. This links in with us being in the same spot about an hour later last week with Zander who went 'crazy' trying to get into this area, I've never seen him react this way before and we had a feeling he could scent China, but there was no way to be sure, now it makes sense. Phew, such a relief. Added to this we've had an interesting report from someone who lives on land in his new territory which gives us a pattern of location near to where he first went missing - a good day! Also, glad to see that Reggie was reunited today. Onward and upward, stay where you are China, and stay safe! x
Mel
Thanks Gloria - I hope you got the email ok yesterday? Thanks so much for helping xx
Gloria
I have just sent an email to you Mel regarding the poster/leaflets thinking of China always hope he is found soon xxx
Mel
Thanks Gloria xx - that would be wonderful if you have time. I'm trying to keep everything up-to-date and refreshed so that people don't think he's been found or forget about him but it all takes so long when I can only get up there 3 times a week. I have different posters and leaflets that I put out, I know you're not on facebook so do feel free (and anyone else) to email me and I can send you a poster / leaflets to print off (melperrymel@gmail.com) - thank you. This is probably a long haul rescue, we'll find him, I'm in it for the long haul - as long as it takes China x
Gloria
Mel keep positive you are all doing fantastic work trying to find China I think about him all the time too, always wishing i could do more.
I am tweeting still
Would you like me to do some more posters to put up in the area it would be no trouble at all (China stay safe and come home soon xx )
Mel
China update: We are still confident that he is in the area - not only is this where he first ran to, has all the food, water and shelter that he needs but all the sightings have been here too. After the last sighting, I heard him a few days later (I know it's not as good as a sighting) in the middle of his territory at dusk and with no other dogs / walkers in the area. I have constantly been seeking and gratefully receiving advice from those who have so much experience of lost dogs and it is felt that he is probably mostly nocturnal now - much like the wildlife in his area. We're very lucky to know (roughly) where he is, unlike so many lost dogs, and to have heard that he is looking fit and healthy but it's just a frustrating wait to narrow down where he is in this area so it's a case of moving the cameras around to try and get a sighting and work out his routes before we can bring in the large trap that is needed. Today has also been about revisiting all the properties that back on to this land and asking people to check their gardens and land for any clues (like a possible den and dog poop) as well as asking people to be on the look out - huge thank you, as ever, to Carol and Lou for all their help today - they've been a fantastic support from the start. I would be so happy just to get another sighting soon and hopefully that will help us to get him home. Thinking of you China, all the time, stay safe little dude x
sues1958
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Mel
Well China! Where are you?? Still trying to pin down his movements so we can get the wonderful Ray involved - and still receiving some excellent knowledge and advice from people who generously give their time and effort to finding lost dogs like this boy. More social media, posters and leafleting continuing so China is kept in people's minds, nearly 23,000 views of his DogLost web page and over 1.5 K facebook shares - many thanks to all who've shared and taken an interest in China's plight, please do keep mentioning him to people as not everyone locally is aware. Needing a sighting of you soon China - keep safe little one x
Mel
Thanks sarap3038, much appreciated.
sarap3038
As you have a good idea where he is (within an area) could K9 trackers help to identify his regular routes and possibly his dens? Try Jenny Brown. http://www.k9tracker.co.uk/
Mel
Thanks so much Gloria for looking, keeping him in mind and tweeting - so lovely to know that he's not being forgotten xx
Gloria
Mel we did see the cage which was to our right as we went more to our right as we got out the car then went over 3 fields we got as far as the white horse that was in a field.
I have just tweeted as I am not on Facebook at present I am just tweeting but I will be out again looking glad the weather is finally getting better as that helps keep strong and we will find him ok xxx
Mel
Hollieberry, thanks for sharing - this is just as important and really appreciated - thank you.
Hollieberry
I wish I lived closer so that I could help Mel but will share & keep tweeting .
Mel
Thanks Hollieberry. I'm now also focussing (as the weather improves) on people whose property backs onto China's 'area' (between Black Tiles Lane / Bealings Road and Main Road, Martlesham) to have a look around their gardens, land and outbuildings to see if there is any sign of him being there (eg a little den or worn dip in plants or any dog poop) - I'm also re-leafleting each house and have circulated his info in local publications. The search goes on and we're hopeful for another sighting of this little lad soon.
Hollieberry
I wanted to be post 101, plus I want to remind everyone please keep looking for China. Good work Mel fingers crossed he is brought to safety soon .
Mel
A busy weekend in the continued search for China's movements in his area - at last finding a possible 'den' (likely he has more than one) where something larger than a fox has been sleeping and some nearby dog poop (full of rabbit hair and bones etc) in a dog-free field that's part of a garden and pretty much inaccessible except to the local wildlife. Once again land owners on both sides of his territory have been so helpful and allowed me to search and place cameras in key places. This is vital in eliminating areas bit by bit, even though it's slow work - you wouldn't think that a square mile could feel so big! It's heart wrenching to keep leaving Suffolk without having found him - yet again I'm asking people if they would please, please continue to share, mention and look out for this boy as it's a little while since his last appearance and he may start to slip out of people's minds, He's out there, on his own, surviving, bless him ... but China, please do keep safe little one x
Mel
Thanks Gloria - that's so kind as I know you have a way to travel. Shame I didn't see you, I was probably a bit deeper in the undergrowth! I'll pop the post I made on facebook up on here too, slowly but surely I think we're getting closer. Thanks for looking for him xx
Gloria
I was out today Mel trying to find China over the back by where I saw you by the bungalows at the black tiles, I didn't get a sighting unfortunately but was over there for a good while but still remaining positive for China and I will go again and look as soon as I can xx
DogLostJayne - Administrator, Head Office
Be patient...wait for a few seconds fro the shares to come up...as so many...tx
Mel
Hi yjess - these should be at the top of this page but if they're not showing then you can reach his facebook link by copying and pasting this one www.facebook.com/groups/DogLostNorfolkSuffolk/permalink/1335675803169134/
Thank you!
yjess
Can't see any social media buttons on here to share with? Want to share this to my FB page. X
Mel
The owner of 'Billy the Dog' has now kindly been in touch and confirmed that Billy was in the place and at the time identified in the possible sighting from yesterday - a big thanks to Kesgrave Community Group for helping me track the owner. Also I'm very grateful to the person who alerted us to the possible sighting - each one will always be followed up as it could be the breakthrough that we need to help us get China home - I will always check these out so please do keep China in mind and mentioning him to others, thank you x
Mel
Thanks Issy, very good of you to post this - I've sent you a message via facebook. I see that you've replied to another message saying that it looks like Billy but also you recognised the face being like China's (China has a pink nose, Billy's is black) and I mentioned another detail about Billy's collar which might confirm whether it was him or not, I'd be really grateful if you could let me know what you think - many thanks.
Gloria
Fantastic news to follow up Mel well things are looking good Mel good luck won't be long now China is definitely having a field day (excuse the pun) xxxx
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Thanks for posting this info Issy, I have alerted Mel to this possible sighting x

Issy
Hello, Im pretty confident me and my boyfriend spotted China this afternoon about 2pm on a walk over Martelsham Heath. He was on the heath land behind the houses, between Gorseland school and Eagle's way (Hope this makes sense!)
This dog was definitely alone, with no owner in sight. He looked in good health and bouncing around the bushes and grass.
He was about 20 meters away from us but I could see a black collar and he fit the description and photos. I hope this helps!
Mel
China has now been missing for over 8 weeks, it seems that he has 'settled' in the square mile of countryside between Black Tiles Lane and Bealings Road in Martlesham, where he first ran to after being spooked. There have been various sightings (day and night) of him in this area, thankfully all reports are that he is looking fit and healthy and is still wearing his collar (black and red large Martingale type). There is plenty of food, water and shelter here for him and we are trying to narrow down where he is / what tracks he uses in order to correctly place food stations (these have been ongoing and inconclusive as to who is taking the food), once this is done we will be able to try a large trap. So far he is keeping himself safe, he is much loved and we are doing everything possible (in the quietest way so as not to spook him away from the area) to get him back to safety and back to a warm, soft sofa. Stay safe China x
Hollieberry
Fingers crossed that the people feeding him will be able to trap him soon .
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Yes Hollieberry feeding stations have been set up in the area and have been for a while now.
Hollieberry
Poor China he has been out there a long time in this extreme weather ,is he being fed to keep him in the area ?
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
So pleased there has been another positive sighting of China, I know the team behind China are working really hard to bring this little lad to safety x
Juls
Glad he looks well , hope you can catch him soon best wishes x x
JulieH
Great to read that China is OK and still in area, hoping he will soon be caught x
Mel
**CHINA SIGHTING** China was seen crossing the Bealings Road (north to south) last night (26 February) at approx 9 pm. It is a positive sighting, with his collar described. The kind person, who reported the sighting, had to stop her car to let him cross the road as he was 'ambling' - thankfully he was again reported as looking fit and healthy. Take very good care China! We're rooting for you and trying our best to get you to safety x
Gloria
Still sharing come home China
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Sighted today @ 3:10 (16th of Feb) Black Tiles Lane running across the fields where the horses are up onto the green and then back down the lane to the farm. He went past two children who saw him close up as he went by on the green and identified a black and red collar.
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Sadly the sighting at Eagle Way, near Mayfields was not China, there was another loose dog in the area at this time and has been confirmed that it was this other dog, the search continues for China, if there is anybody in the area that could help put posters up this will be greatly appreciated.
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Feeding stations and traps have been used at Black Tiles where China was thought to be settling, however if this was China that has been sighted then he has moved on, we need lots of posters up in the area so we can again track his movements, is there anybody that can help poster this area so hopefully we can get sightings called in?
janiejewel1649
Is it possible to try a trap in this instance?
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Possible sighting of China Monday 13th February around 3.30 pm, Eagle Way, near Mayfields.
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
The last sighting of China was last Saturday (4th of Feb), is there anybody who lives in the area that can put more posters up locally and further a field so we can hopefully get more sightings called in and can track his movements x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
China has been seen in the Black Tiles area, he was seen on the 4th Feb at about 12.30 daytime.
If you are in the area please look out for him and report any sightings to the owner x
Mel
Hi Bev, thanks very much for this - it would make a very good story for the paper, this kind of thing has been mentioned to the family, I will mention it again.
Bev
Thanks, Mel. I spoke to staff at my granddaughter's nursery in Kesgrave today and they knew nothing about China! So just a thought - do you think China's family might consider possibly approaching the local paper 'Ipswich Star'? I know the paper has been interested in writing about missing animals before and, as China comes from Spain, is a rescue dog and has now been missing a month, they hopefully might well consider doing an article on him.
Mel
Hi Bev - you can try this link, if you copy and paste it into your address bar, it should work.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DogLostNorfolkSuffolk/permalink/1335675803169134/
Thanks so much for still thinking of China.
Bev
Still constantly thinking of China and how the search is going. How do you get to the Facebook page, Mel, I can't find it I'm afraid?
Mel
Thanks nedk - it's been 4 weeks now ... we're still trying to get a positive from the wildlife camera and, as soon, as we get this we'll be setting a trap - everything very much crossed and many thanks for still thinking of China. I'm putting regular updates on the facebook page.
nedk
Come on china time to.come.home perhaps lay some.traps wiv food in.if.not already done hoping for good.newsx
Mel
Thanks Bev for looking out for him and for spreading the word - I think that is how we will track his movements and finally get our chance to bring him home. Many thanks for re-attaching the poster on the school gate - I saw if flapping on the way past and meant to re-do it before I left so thank you :)
Mel
The good news is the food replaced from this morning had gone again between 2.00 and 3.30! Couldn't see anything on the camera but there are 5 poss entries to this tree / den and only 2 covered by cam at the mo so we'll keep trying - it's being checked again tonight. Many thanks to Lisa Massey who was out with me today and to the lovely Gloria (great to meet you) who has been helping since the beginning and made the trip over to Black Tiles to search - such wonderful, generous people!
More leaflets delivered to houses nearby and posters up and old ones checked. Final thank you to all those who have boosted the shares and keep re-sharing. Lots of people we met knew about China - wow! He sure is famous in these parts but time to give up the chase, Chi, and come into the dry, stay safe x
Gloria
Mel I did go to Martlesham Heath after we left the Black Tiles Lane and double checked the posters I put up, well good news they were still clearly visible and attached to where I put them up in the rabbit fen behind Tesco so hopefully the general public will notice them and look out for beautiful China xx
Gloria
I went to the Black Tiles area today in search for China but unfortunately I did not get a sighting of China.
I met Mel and her friend also searching for China if possible we need more help as it is such a large area but anyway we will carry on searching hope to find China soon xx
Bev
Hi, Haven't seen China sadly but have been speaking about him to several folk in the Black Tiles area including my relatives again who all were aware of him and your posters. They didn't know he had been sighted there fairly recently though so were pleased to hear that and all are keeping their eyes open for him. I also re-fixed the poster on the school railings today as had almost blown off. Hope China appears again very soon, seems like he is more visible early mornings and when it's dusk. Loads of best wishes for future searching.
Mel
Thanks Bev - that would be brilliant! That's just what we need - I know the school you mean and it's really close to where we think China is hiding out, thanks so much.
Bev
Awww sending you loads of good wishes for your continued searching. I have relatives who live almost in Black Tiles Lane quite near the pub and a grandchild who goes to the school there and I'll be heading down there and Bealings Road tomorrow. Have got your phone numbers to hand in case we spot him.
Mel
Thanks to everyone for well wishes today - the search for the day is over and, sadly, China isn't home yet, but it certainly feels as if he's almost within reach. It was all based around Black Tiles/Bealings Road, including nearly an hour long stake-out opposite the Red Lion pub around the time he was seen yesterday in case this is a little routine of his. More posters and flyers through doors of houses in the direct vicinity (sadly some in Bealings Road had been taken down but they've all been replaced now). The husband of the kind lady who spotted him this morning at Black Tiles also came out to see the search party (and said he feels that he saw him running about in the dark recently near the houses in Black Tile Lane) - this was in the field opposite the houses and to the right of the farm land / track where Loki scented him, it was about 8 am this morning. The whole of the area has been circled so he has fresh familiar scent to hopefully let him know that his 'pack' are about ... getting closer to our China, all the extra recent shares and views seem to be working, thank you so much and, again, a special 'Thank you' to Carol Driver and her daughter who were out searching again. There were also some people who'd come out especially to help look after the recent sightings - I will post anything as soon as I can - many thanks x
Carolyn
I hope today has gone well. It feels like we are getting closer. It's just having the energy to give it one final push. We know his general area now. X
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
China has been seen this morning (23rd Jan) at 8 am on Black Tiles Lane.
Bev
Fantastic that he's still in the area and okay x
nedk
Come on china need u bak home nowx
Mel
Thanks Helen ... brilliant. Carolyn, thanks so much for contacting the pub (seen your fb post). There is food nearby in the area that Sam/Loki identified for us - come on China! x
Carolyn
It feels like the search is coming together. Let's hope he stays in that spot. Is there any food that can be left out tonight? Can we contact the Red Lion? X
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
So pleased there has been a sighting of China, I will bump his page up to the top Mel, x
Mel
**CHINA SIGHTING!** 4 PM today in Martlesham - crossing the road toward Red Lion Pub and heading down Bealings Road - this is in his area. Spotted as looking like China, on his own and the right colour. Shame, I was only quarter mile away at the time! Come on China, stay safe - please, please keep looking! x
Mel
Today, the lovely Carol, her family and her two beautiful podencos (like China but much bigger!) helped for hours (again) in the search for China. We went back through Martlesham, where he'd been sighted, through the bridleway, Millennium Hall ground, Dobbs Lane, Martlesham Heath and beyond and spoke to lots more lovely and concerned people who all took flyers and are / have already been on the look out for China. I also went back to Black Tiles way and to Walk Woods. We won't give up on you Chi - in our hearts and our minds all day long - keep safe sweet boy x
Mel
Hi Carolyn - many, many thanks for spreading the word and posting on other FB pages - this really does have an impact. The sighting we had confirmed this weekend was from someone who knew someone who phoned someone etc, etc and then we found the lovely man who had seen him - not possible without all the wonderful people who are keeping China in their thoughts and sharing x Yes, the dog tracker was the incredible Sam and Loki who found China's scent. The family have been in contact with her today and she's given them some great advice and encouragement - the search goes on for this gentle boy x
Mel
Thanks Gloria, I did see these as I went round this weekend, lots of people I speak to seem to have seen the posters / know about China's plight - thanks so much for doing this, as someone said to me today "I think most of Suffolk know!" and it's a huge thanks to people like you who have kept spreading the word x
Mary
Carolyn it looks like it would have been Sam and Loki www.lostdogtracker.com
Carolyn
Who was the dog tracker involved looking for China a while back? Are they available to help again perhaps? I hope the search is going well! Xx
Carolyn
Good luck today Mel! It seems you're getting closer. I've posted China's details on some FB groups that I'm part of. I hope that helps! Good luck! Xx
Gloria
Hi I did manage to put up posters at the field behind Tesco in Martlesham Heath as promised I hope China is found and reunited very soon xxx
Bev
Good luck tomorrow!
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Bumping China's page due to these possible sightings x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Update from Mel (posted on Dog Lost Norfolk and Suffolk Facebook group.....)
A long day of searching! We had a very possible (the man said 90% certain) sighting of China trotting past what used to be the 'Isolation Hospital" in Martlesham yesterday - this is just off Foxhall Road which connects with Dobbs Lane where there have been other possible sightings. This is right next to some woods and it was on a farm track. I also saw what could have been a v large fox/or shy China in the track about 200 yards further down and we followed it into the woods and did a bbq and left some food. We'll be back out tomorrow, searching plus more food stations (with added flour around them so we can see pawprints) and more posters and talking to the lovely, supportive people of Martlesham. Many thanks to a wonderful lady called Carol who lives in the area and has two podencos of her own. She spent hours searching with me today - she and some of her family are coming out tomorrow to help too - just so lovely, thank you so much! x
Mel
Many thanks for the views, tweets and kind wishes - China is still missing and with possible sightings so we're hoping that he's starting to show himself. These are hardy and resilient dogs - we just need that sighting to get to him.
Jane
Shared Twittered
nedk
Hope u get some good news soonx
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
The owner has taken 3 separate calls regarding a possible sighting in the Dobbs Lane area over the last 2 nights, if you are in this area please keep a look out x
Mel
Hi Bev, yes it is in Black Tiles, Martlesham down the end of the lane and public footpath that leads to Bealings Road, I've drawn a little map on facebook, unfortunately the link needs to be copied and pasted:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157988324265398&set=p.10157988324265398&type=3&theater
Thanks for asking.Last edited: 2017-01-15 10:46:01 by Mel
Bev
Always checking to see if poor China has been found. So glad a scent was picked up today. Is it possible to say if this is in the Black Tiles/Martlesham area?
Mel
Sam and Loki were out today to search for China and got a strong scent in a particular and very small area - I've updated on facebook - great how many views there are, thank you to all who are helping get China home x
Mel
Hi Barab - thanks so much for keeping him in your thoughts, he is constantly in mine and I am so hoping the bad weather passes quickly and he has found somewhere dry and warmer to see it out. I can certainly give some of his backstory - he was found as a pup (with his mum and 6 brothers and sisters) and taken to a local shelter in Southern Spain, there he stayed whilst all his 'pack' got adopted for 4 and a half years. The shelters in Spain, as I'm sure you'll probably know, aren't quite like the ones we have over here. It was up in the mountains, in a large pen with up to 30 other dogs, open to the elements apart from a concrete part with a wooden roof. This does make me hopeful for him as although we think of it as sunny Spain, it gets real extremes of cold, heat and torrential rain. The main thing will be how he is feeding himself, however the family have been out every day topping up the food stations in the area where he was last seen and they have put down clothing that will remind him of home ... we're hoping the dog tracker will make it on Saturday and I'll be back in Suffolk helping to search and lighting a bbq and leaving extra food. Stay warm and stay safe China x
Barab
Can't stop thinking about this poor boy especially as the weather is looking to get worse. Can you give us a bit of his backstory Mel. Was he used for hunting before he was rescued? If he was that might just give him an edge as I doubt he was kept in warm comfortable conditions and he should be able to call on his natural instinct to hunt in order to survive. Although I doubt if he ever had to cope with anything like the conditions of a British winter. Still praying that he will be found and, once tracked down, will be caught and returned to a warm sofa.Last edited: 2017-01-12 15:46:00 by Barab
Mel
No news or sightings today ... just hoping China has found somewhere out of the wind and cold to shelter. The views and the news and the shares are still growing - thank you all.
Mel
Unfortunately the dog tracker (Sam) isn't well and couldn't make it today, she has rescheduled and we wish her a speedy recovery for her sake and for China's. The family have been out to the food stations to top up and have put out clothes in a different spot. No new sightings, and until there is it's difficult to arrange for a trap. More people are putting up posters and sharing the link and the amount of views of this page continue to grow which is so heart warming - thank you to everyone - we'll continue to update and China is continually in our thoughts, urging him to show himself so we can come get him x
nedk
Good luck with the search perhaps lay a trap with foodx
Mel
No news or sightings of this scared little chap today - been thinking of him in the rain but if he is still near Black Tiles then we saw places in the woods where he can shelter, stay dry and relatively warm and away from us scary humans, some of the food we left out has gone (we know this could be all the lucky wildlife in the area) and his 'mum' left some clothing there too so he can get the scent. Just hoping we get some luck tomorrow with Sam and Loki - people are going above and beyond to help and look out for this lovely, gentle soul - thank you so much, and stay safe sweet China x
Barab
Hoping for some good news tomorrow then.
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Sam and her tracker dog Loki are hoping to go out tomorrow morning to help with the search for China.
Barab
Still hoping that China will be found and caught soon. Sending positive thoughts but worried about the weather which is forecast to turn really bad by the weekend. Have you used a tracker dog? I understand they have been used successfully to find other lost dogs.
Gloria
still looking and sharing to find China hope we find him soon xxx
Mel
China update ... both Riverside and Black Tiles searched again today, 2 poss sightings at a distance at Black Tiles, but we're aware this could have been a fox (same colouring) and the other possibly a deer, but they could also have been China feeling brave enough to come and see what's going on. We've set up some food stations for him and thoroughly postered the area and dropped leaflets in all the houses that are near. As ever, people have been lovely, helpful and concerned - some people even stopping and asking if we had found China as I took along my podenco, Zander, to 'help'! Thank you to everyone who is helping in so many different ways x
Mel
Hi, the family have been out searching all day and putting up posters - no news :( but I (foster mum) will be back in Suffolk tomorrow and searching the area between A12 and River Deben near Martlesham. Thanks for your wishes, Barab. Keep safe China x
Barab
Sincerely hoping for some good news today. Don't know anything of China's background but I'm hoping his previous life (pre adoption) will help him cope better until he is spotted and caught. Come on China, it's time to give yourself up and get back to your warm sofa.
Janehall
Thanks everyone for the suggestions and kind actions. . Today we have been posteri g, talking to People in the Martlesham area More shares on Facebook and lots of school children now k now. Thanks again for keeping China in people's minds xx
Mel
Thanks Gloria, that's brilliant and very much appreciated.
Gloria
I OFTEN GO TO THE FEN NEAR WOODBRIDGE AS I LIVE IN SAXMUNDHAM SUFFOLK I WILL PRINT POSTERS TONIGHT AND TAKE THEM THERE WITH MY SPROCKER SPANIEL AND I WILL LOOK FOR YOUR DOG AND PUT UP POSTERS IN TESCO AND AROUND THE AREA FOR YOU
Mel
Thanks Coco, yes he is chipped - I just don't have the number as his family has his pet passport - but all vets / dog warden etc have been informed and posters are going up.
Coco
Shared. Aother scared rescue x If he has come through rescue...he should be chipped. Not ' Unknown'. Hopefully he will be recognisable and lots of posters around area will get him home soon.Last edited: 2017-01-05 19:46:37 by Coco
DogLostMillypod (Chris) - Administrative Volunteer
Sharing Twitter.
Mel
Thanks Skywalker99 - the website looks v promising
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Bumping China's page to the top because of these sightings, praying he will be home very soon x
Skywalker99
You could try contacting www.lostdogtracker.comLast edited: 2017-01-05 18:48:54 by Skywalker99
Janehall
Thanks so much to everyone who has been helping us in our search. We have now had three sightings of dogs matching China's description in Martlesham around 10pm yesterday 4 January. We have been searching their all afternoon. Please help us get the message out to anyone in the Martlesham/ Bealings/Woodbridge of Suffolk. Thank you!
onestopalldogs
Shared Facebook & Twitter
nizhaz
Shared on Facebook and keeping an eye out, am just down the hill.
Jane
Shared Twittered
JANI
sharing to groups x
DogLostSharon - Social Media Team
I have shared with DL FB Page, Twitter & Public. I hope China is safely back at home soon. X
caring4dogs
twitter
DogLostAlison - Administrator, Head Office & Area Co-ordinator, Lincolnshire
Email alerts sent to postcodes IP5,IP10,IP11,IP12,IP13,IP15
Mel
Thank you! I fostered him before he went to Suffolk, the owners are out looking and I'm in contact with them. Come home China x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
I will E-mail general information including contact numbers for vets in the area.
Keep safe China until you are found x
DogLostSarah - Twitter Co-ordinator & Area Co-ordinator, Cambridgeshire
Tweeted @DogLostUK - fingers crossed that China is home very soon x
DogLostHelen - Area Co-ordinator, Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
Details added to Dog Lost Norfolk and Suffolk facebook group and other groups in the area.
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