By Eric Mathison
Who you going to call when your dog backs out of his collar and disappears in downtown Burien?
We didn’t know but, fortunately, our friends Rebecca Dare and Bill Opfermann did—Jim Branson at Three Retrievers Pet Rescue in Burien. If Jim’s name sounds familiar, it is because his parents owned the property that became Eagle Landing Park in Burien.
Awhile back, in a blink, our escape-artist poodle, Otto slipped out of his collar with all his identifying tags and bolted into the middle of Ambaum Boulevard, just south of Southwest 152nd Street.
I chased after him.
That was the wrong thing to do, according to Jim Branson, who has written the booklets (available free at 3retrievers.com) on how to find your lost dog or cat.
Chasing almost never works, Jim declares. It just makes your pooch run away faster.
Then I crouched down and excitedly called Otto.
Crouching is the sign of a predator about to attack, Jim notes. What I should have done is sit down on the pavement, turn toward Otto’s side and speak calmly until he settled down and came back to me.More ›