Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Everyone has been so wonderful in being patient and allowing us to continue to focus our efforts on bringing Dakota home, and we are so very grateful for that. Much of our current resources---in addition to continuing to provide constant care for our patients & continuing to keep our clinic properly staffed---are devoted to our recovery process, and continuing to evaluate that process & consult our resources within the rehab community. It’s not always easy to have the additional resources to compile and publish daily updates on Dakota, and when we do provide updates, we want to make sure that we are giving you the most current and correct information. Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of you for your continued patience, well-wishes, positive energy & prayers. You are awesome.
Over the past weekend, staff went out multiple times and are pretty sure they heard Dakota on several occasions (tho he was not positively sighted). This is still a very positive sign. There are also now two feeding stations up. Neither seem to have been visited yet, but staff will continue to check the feeding stations and continue to try to locate Dakota by calls at night. We’re again asking everyone, please do not attempt to locate Dakota on your own. People he is not familiar with will frighten him (and, we want to again caution everyone about hunting season; it’s unsafe to be walking around the area we believe him to be in). Thank you to everyone who’s been respectful of us & Dakota during this time. The most important thing you can do for us is to please continue to keep Dakota in your hearts & have faith, and continue to be patient….this is not an easy process, and it is not going to be a quick process. But we remain very optimistic, and are working hard to bring Dakota home.
Additional positives of our current search include the fact that we are still actively and regularly hearing 2 Great Horned Owls in the area we believe Dakota to be in. Staff will be moving one of the feeding stations down into a lower area where we believe he has settled down in to get away from the wind (Dakota does not like the wind or rain). Although he may be eating on his own (and we of course absolutely hope that he is), if he is not, he may be just starting to get hungry. The most positive aspect of his current feeding situation is that Dakota was in great condition when he was taken. He is healthy, strong, in excellent feather, and was extremely well-fed. The extreme cold weather has not yet reached us, and that will allow him to further conserve his energy & bulk. Because of these factors, we are able to be very grateful that we are blessed with the time and resources to continue to try and lure him in without further traumatizing him. These are all very hopeful and positive assets!
Thank you all again for caring so much about Dakota. It is so heartening to us that there is so much love in the community for him, and that he has—and continues—to touch so many lives. Please continue to remain patient and ever hopeful that we will have him home again soon. We will do our very best to provide regular updates, when we have developments to report.
(Guest blogger K.P.)