I'm posting this for future reference because it's very valuable for anyone whose Sheltie is lost. This is from the Shetland Sheepdog column in the AKC Gazette this month which, sadly, ends publication in printed form with this month's edition. Darla Duffy has bred and shown Shelties in Florida since 1984. She founded the Jacksonville Sheltie Rescue. She became involved 20 years ago with finding lost Shelties after a rescue went missing. Now, she makes herself available to help anyone whose Sheltie is lost, even traveling to their location on occasion to help organize searches. She maintains a page of search tips specific to Shelties on the JSR website: jacksonvillesheltierescue.org/page8.htm. It's interesting to note that she's learned Shelties are one of the hardest breeds to track when lost because they immediately go into "flight" mode, refusing even to come to people they know. She says they spend the first few days hiding out near the location where they are lost until they get too hungry to stay there. I can't link the column here but the web page gives all of Darla's tips and instructions, as well as her contact info. I hope none of us ever need this advice, but it's valuable to have for anyone who does. Thanks to Kim Shive who wrote this column for the Gazette.