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Dog Collar Found While Quail Hunting

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Dog Collar Found While Quail Hunting

Posted on 22 October 2013 by David Allred

Quail Hunting in ArizonaWhat would you do in this situation.

This past Saturday, I was out with my brother and brother-in-law quail hunting. We didn’t stray far off the beaten path dedicating a washy area just south of a development called Daily Estates, here in Arizona, as our hunting grounds. It had been a fairly profitable area for me in the past so I figured we’d try that area again.

We parked the truck next to a water tank near to the area we wanted to head to and started our trek. We only had a few hours to hunt that morning and had time to walk a few miles before it was time to head back to town.

Dog Collar Found While Quail Hunting

As I was about 3/4 to a mile into it, I looked down and found a dog tag laying there in the dirt. It was attached to what was left of a small pink collar. The collar had been chewed on or worn down and the dog tag read “Dusty.” There was also a phone number on there as well.

I glanced around to see of there were bones or some sort of a grave site, but didn’t see anything.

So here’s my question: What would you do? Would you call the number on the tag?

Here’s the reason I’ve decided to make an entire blog post about this, there are a number of things that could have happened to that dog and I’m not sure how to proceed.

  1. They could have simply lost the collar, out in the middle of nowhere.
  2. Coyotes could have snagged the little guy for a little snack.
  3. Dusty could have been a long time family dog and was buried somewhere out there in the desert, only to be dug up again by scavengers.
  4. The dog could have run away.

dog collar foundMy guess is either the coyotes snagged it out of their yard or it died, they buried it, and it was dug up again. Even if it was situation one or four, me calling them wouldn’t really help at all, right?

Another question: If any of the above situations were true for you, would you want to receive a call if someone found your dog’s collar in the middle of nowhere?

Anyway, give me your take on this. Let me know what you’d do. Everyone on Facebook seems to think that I should call them. Just hate being the bearer of bad news, you know?


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