Yeaaa...Ill try to keep it as short as possible..
For the 10+ yrs ive lived here we had always been friendly, talked maybe 1 or 2x's a month. We helped each other with simple little projects around our property's You know neighborly stuff.. I live out in a rural area, one neighbor to my east and nothing to my west or across the street for 1/2 mile.
We left to get take out dinner on a Sat about 430, with my gf car in the driveway, Noted my neighbor outside working in the yard per usual. I have a sunroom where we leave the dogs when we are gone with a doggy door to come in and out and I have about about 3/4 of my 1.5 acre lined with PetStop invisible fence. Which they were trained on and never EVER left the yard.
So we came home about 615 saw my neighbor was gone and immediately knew something was up as the pups didnt come out to greet us. Her dog was there, obviosuly mine was not. Spent the next several hrs til about midnight looking around the area. Well about 1000 my neighbor came home so I went right over to talk to him.
Tell him that Hogan was missing and did you see anything.
He said "oh no I've been gone since mid afternoon"
Me- Really cause I saw you when we left at 430 and I think I saw you on the main rd like 5 mins before we got back.
Him- No I was shopping in Rochester(noted that he had nothing in his hands for shopping) YEa, I dont know probably the coyotes called him over the fence and attacked him.(if anyone knew my dog you'd know that would never happen. He wasnt much for other animals like Im not to most people, almost like he was introvert like me) This also struck me as odd cause that seemed like 0-100, also found it odd that he never commented hope ya find him, let me know if you need any help etc. just the coyote comment.
At this point he was obviously trying to get away from me and inside. Turning around I noted what seemed like fur on him. HE only has cats and one thing about Hogan is he would shed 24/7/365.
Fast forward to next morning I slept maybe an hr and at 330 I go outside to walk around and see if I can hear anything. I eventually took a causal stroll past my neighbors escape looking around the interior and the back seat was covered in what sure looked like fur. Regrettably I didnt take a photo not knowing if it would do me anything good or get me in trouble.
Spend all morning with both families out looking for about 6hrs and nothing. As the morning wore on and I was talking more about my interaction with said neighbor the more suspicious I got. About 1 pm I sent everyone home because I didnt know what else to do. The night before I was convinced he wasnt in the area because he just didnt have that much ambition but i was even more convinced by noon Sunday.
I hadnt eaten in over a day by this point and need comfort food(pizza/wings) As im pulling out the driveway my phone rings and it was the microchip company calling to say they had just gotten a ping on his chip(I had reported him missing to them earlier in the morning) at the Verona animal shelter in Rochester. ABout this time I got a call from said shelter as well. I couldnt believe it and made the lady text me a picture of him. As the crow flies its about 34 miles to where he was found in someones back yard who called it in. It was not a great area of the city either. I wonder if he was hoping he become a bait dog or something...
He was missing his collar with his tags but the 250 dollar collar with the invisible fence receiver was still on him(probably hoping it was shocking him)
Anyways I got him back the next day, called troopers told them everything and plead my case.It'd be pretty brave to drive by and just come into a driveway and swipe a dog with cars in the drive. Plus the dogs dont lay in an area thats visible from the rd when driving by. In 11.5yrs Ive been here ive had maybe 3 pull in and turn around so that opportunity seems unlikely. I even told them about the fur in the car.
Plus why wouldnt you take both dogs!! TO which I figure Hogan was familar with this guy and would like go right to him where as Maggie didnt know him really and was more like to bark and retreat. It seemed really convenient and stupid that he was found in Roc right where he had just come from. The few other houses in the area are either older people or younger families with their own dogs. Everything just seemed to come back to him. The trooper pressed him but he wouldnt confess( I wasnt there but thats what the trooper came back and told me) Also commented how he got really weird when the trooper said we had got Hogan back. But without any confession or video I was SOL... I did go through his garbage that week looking for the collar but no luck.
Anyways ever since then if he's out walking or in his yard and Im driving by he will look down or away when I get close enough. He stops mowing his yard if I start to mow mine. The other day he just turned around and stared at the wall of his garage as I drove by real slow. MY goal is to make him as uncomfortable as possible going forward. I've of course got a few cameras now and im in the process of getting even more...