Told to one of Karin's clients by a MARN Pet Detective:
"I am not going to tell you that I can do what Karin does. Whether the other pet detectives want to admit it or not, she is the best and none of us can do what she does."
Certified MARN - Missing Animal Response Network Pet Detective
"If my dog went missing, I would call Karin TarQwyn. I even have that on the emergency contact on the boarding agreement where I board my dog." Certified Missing Pet Partnership Pet Detective
From Dr. Tom Boekbinder, DVM in Carmel, California
"Thanks for finding Yogi." Dr. Tom Boekbinder, Veterinarian, Carmel, Ca.
Yogi goes missing from a vet hospital
"Yogi, Lew and I are zapped! Finally the adreneline has calmed down. It is so thrilling to have him home. There is no way to thank you enough!!!
Warm regards to you, Paco, Dodger and Cade - The Bow Wow Quartet!" Joie Goodkin, Carmel, CA.
His family went on vacation and Yogi went on an expedition. While being boarded at a veterinary facility, the wily Havanese made a break for it and wiggled under a tiny spot in the fence. Within seconds the vet staff was in pursuit but the fleeing dog raced through traffic and disappeared.
After five days, Karin & the K9 team came to the attention of the group and a call for immediate help was put in. Within two hours of TarQwyn's arrival, the furry dog was located down on the river and a capture initiative was in place. Yogi was back in his family’s arms within 10 minutes.
From the Division Fire Chief - Menlo Park Fire Department in California after K9 Cade found Abby in 20 minutes after missing for 11 days.
Karin... My name is Frank Fraone. You began your search at for Abby near my home on Wednesday. First I want to thank you very much for finding her. We had searched for days and even at night using thermal imaging cameras and search parties with fire fighters and LE officers. I have worked with search dogs for years through the FEMA US&R program but you and your dogs are amazing. I am very connected with K-9 search dogs across the country. If you ever need a recommendation, please let me know. Thank you so much.
Frank Fraone...Division Chief... Menlo Park Fire Department
Lacy Found by Dog Team
Just to give everyone a little background, we rescued Lacy for WIN in October from a puppy mill in KS. Like many puppy mill survivors, Lacy was badly matted, in need of vet care, and very much un-socialized. So many things scared poor Lacy, but we knew that with some love and patience, in time she would overcome the scars from the mill. Lacy was placed in a foster home here in Omaha, and her foster parents took good care of her. However, one night, a door was left open, and Lacy seized the opportunity. She bolted. This happened 9 days ago.
The search for Lacy began immediately but after nine days we were losing hope. Then, a ray of hope. Our friends within WIN suggested Karin TarQwyn, the canine investigator and missing dog expert.
We really didn't know what to expect at first. But after talking to Karin for over an hour, it was clear to me that she not only had the expertise, but also much passion and commitment for finding dogs gone missing. Her heart was in it. I knew she could help us, and we were lucky enough that Karin and her Canine search team just returned from an assignment. Karin understood our worries, and agreed to drive from Oklahoma to Nebraska (over 8 hrs, each way) to help us look for Lacy. Karin begun helping us way before she reached Nebraska. She prepared the signs and we found what a difference a good sign makes, coached us, gave us reasonable expectations, and great ideas including how to involve media and we were featured on one of the local news.
I was prepared for the search. What I wasn't prepared for, was the experience of working with Karin's Canine investigators. Cade, Dodger, Twist, and Paco, I'll never forget you. Seeing you in action was one of the top ‘most incredible' experiences I've ever had. These dedicated Canine investigators worked tirelessly, covering miles of unfriendly terrain in a single day. The most amazing thing was the consistency between dogs, and the fact that people would confirm sightings of Lacy in the areas where the dog team indicated Lacy's scent. Karin and her search team have 2-way communication that never failed.
Karin's experience, and the Canine search team talent, is what brought Lacy to safety. I never, in my wildest dreams, dared hoping she would be back home in just one day. But Karin, along with Cade, Dodger, Twist, and Paco, amazed us in more than one way. There is no doubt in my heart, that this team has made all the difference in bringing Lacy to safety. She would not be back home if it wasn't for this committed team. What is important to note, is that Karin is a big supporter of rescue herself. She not only rescues and fosters, but her whole dog team is made of terrific dogs, all of which she rescued, and trained to help people and dogs, in desperate situations like ours.
Thanks to all of you who have been thinking of Lacy and supporting our search for her. She is safe now, and we owe it all to Karin, Cade, Twist, Dodger, and Paco. If anyone is ever in the position of looking for a lost dog, keep Karin's info handy. I would wholeheartedly recommend this amazing team. Thanks to all... Alma Knoll Omaha, Nebraska
Karin... I cannot thank you enough for all of your help finding Beau. I really do not have words for how relieved and grateful I have to have him back home safe and sound. He slept for several days straight once he got back, and so did I. I am working on plans to see if I can put him on a zip line or something else, so that he can run on the farm without taking a chance of losing him again. Your services, expertise and advice were invaluable to me during the search. I would be honored to write any review or referral about my experience. I truly cannot thank you enough.
Beau is my family and my best friend, and I am so happy he is home. I am working on getting a better photo, but I have attached a quick one I took on my phone. The entire community and everyone involved in this search is so happy to hear the great news!
Thank you,.......Julia Lindsay
Karin, we are so happy to have Mindy back home with us. Our family just wasn't complete without her. We would have recovered her without your help. Recovery was in record timing!! 15 hours after beginning your campaign, she was located, and 5 hours after that, we held her in our arms.
Your confident, professional attitude assured me, that we were in capable hands. Your advice was straightforward and to the point. Within 4 hours of deciding to hire you, my family was out working the strategy focusing on areas around the city where you directed us.
See Karin, I also am a trained professional. As a physician I am required to take charge in crisis situations on a daily basis. I have learned to put my emotions on hold and move forward with the task on hand. But all it sudden I found myself on the receiving end. I did not have the proper experience or "hands on" training to conduct a search to find my Mindy. I felt helpless and paralyzed. But with your help, there now was a plan and thus hope.
As you told us, Mindy was much further away than we thought. I am THANKFUL TO GOD that there are PEOPLE LIKE YOU out there, WHO CARE ABOUT ANOTHER'S PLIGHT.
As I am writing these lines, Mindy and our older dog Oliver lie next to me sleeping. LIFE IS GOOD !! Thank you for being instrumental in bringing our family back together. Evelyn Reher MD, Omaha NE
Hi, Karin; Just had to write this note to tell you HOW GRATEFUL I am for YOU! If ANYONE is ever doubting using your service - for even a moment, please refer them to me.
My dog, Daisy, disappeared on Sunday, October 4th. I didn't even sign up with you until yesterday, October 14th - TEN DAYS LATER. I felt foolish for not calling you sooner, thinking it would be too late. My dog is a 2 1/2 pound Teacup Yorkie and is VERY valuable in a small town like mine - I seriously considered giving up my search and not wasting the money on your service yesterday.. especially after earlier seeing a small Yorkie that looked like mine - flattened in the road near my street. I suspected the road killed doggie was my dog and felt there was NO way she could still be found after so long. BOY WAS I WRONG! I followed all of your instructions, put up the campaign the same day finishing around 11PM. I hardly even had the strength to do that - but I am so glad that I did!! At 5:30 PM, TODAY, I got a call about my dog. It is 6:15PM - and I have already been home with Daisy for the fifteen minutes!
Anyone that is looking for their lost pet - don't give up hope!! I almost did. Please Don't Give up - and don't hesitate to hire Karin. I thought a detective needed to BE HERE to help me find my dog but I was wrong. Thank God for you, Karin! Karin's service is More than what you think - it works!!
My TEACUP YORKIE that was missing for 11 days - in a city that borders Mexico - with no ID, no tags, no micro-chips - returned - within 24 hours of starting Karin's program!! My baby is home!! And she is so tiny that most wouldn't even have known she was a DOG!! If Karin could help me find my Daisy, she can help you!!!
Follow EVERY instruction she gives you - don't question her, just do it. Karin is THE BEST HOPE FOR FINDING YOUR LOST PET. Don't question, it, just call.
NOTE: The people that found my dog even told me that they found her in the same place Karin told me she would have probably gone too. THANK YOU, KARIN!!!! I have my life back, again!!! Very Sincerely, PRiNCeSS DaNTe www.princessdante.co
Karin, I just wanted to take a minute to get back with you on how much we appreciated your help through the dark hours when our dogs went missing. I take a certain measure of pride for doing things in a practical and reasonable way, but the ways in which I tried to search for our dogs certainly were not. I relied on little more than old wives tales on how to search for pets. I was fortunate to have found you & the ways that you suggested we look for our lost family members made sense.
There's a lot of things I would do differently. Hiring you sooner is the first on that list. Thanks again, Johnathan Ashcraft
My Suggestion... CALL KARIN FIRST!
We lost our dog 11 days ago. We put up fliers, walked house to house, went to the pound every other day, posted on Facebook, placed into on Craig's List and local paper. We were exhausted and so very sad. Then - we called Karin.
She spoke to us in the evening, prepared signage and made arrangements to meet us with her dogs in the morning.
One hour after her and her search dogs arrived...our dog was in our arms. Awesome! You guys are great! Use us anytime for references, it was a a quick recovery. We can't thank you enough that you were here during our time of need. Again great job you & your team did.. All the best Abby, Suzy and Jack Nelson ...Redwood City, CA.
Here is the story of Basil and his rescue, which without your involvement would not have had this happy ending! Finding your website and emailing you about our missing dog was the best move I ever made!
You were able to profile Basil and knew exactly where he would travel. You also were able to give my devastated daughter hope and peace of mind throughout the ordeal. It was all a very emotional experience and took a lot out of all of us but we were very lucky. I don't believe that we would have been able to capture Basil without your knowledge and expertise in tracking animals and in the knowledge of animal behavior. Basil, according to Karin was a classic roaming dog scenario along with being in a new environment and to top it all off his skittish temperament which made him go into survival mode not letting him hear us or allowing us to approach him.
Basil is now back in Gulf Shores with his brother Jack along with our other 4-legged family members and doing very well. He lost weight but seems happy to be back. Jacquie might try bringing him back up sometime later but for now he will only go on visits.
Thank-you from all of us! Karin Brock (along with Jacquie, family both 2 and 4 legged, and friends)
Karin, I am excited to tell you the good news - Boudreaux is home!
We had a call on Monday afternoon from someone who had seen him three days earlier about 7 miles southwest of us in a small rural township. We immediately went and put up more signs around the area being sure we hit those thru streets and major inter-connects like you said. Within 24 hours we were called by someone who had seen him in her backyard the night before. Corey went out and called him several times and Boudreaux came running to him, obviously happy to be found. It was a wonderful moment!
Thank you so much for your help and encouragement. Your method of aerial analysis, signage and strategic placement was crucial to the initial sighting. He was much further away than we thought possible as you said he would be.
Our family is all together again. Thank you! All the best, Marlene Bowman, Auburn, AL
"Even though she was in Oklahoma and we were in Texas, Karin was following Shannon's plight by satellite maps. She was really right there with us the entire time".
Karin TarQwyn's consultative services were a crucial component in finding our lost Sheltie, Shannon, who was lost in a rural, wooded area, 100 miles from home.
Karin helped us to know what to do, what not to do, and really just kept us going through the entire ordeal. Even though she was in Oklahoma and we were in Texas, she was following by satellite maps and really just right there with us the entire time.
From the beginning, Karin was able to assess the situation quickly by asking a series of questions about Shannon and the situation, and viewing satellite images. In a flash, she had designed effective and eye-catching signs, ordered, and advised on the best places to post them. She helped us understand what Shannon's mindset was like at that time (terrified, in flight-mode, running from even people she knew and loved), and based on that, Karin advised us on how she would likely behave, respond, and where she might go next. She helped us to understand how we should behave as well at every stage of the game. All of this information was vital to us as it was not all immediately intuitive, especially in our own panicked state of mind.
Karin was available after every sighting, ready with fresh advice on where to go and what to do, and the best theories on what Shannon's next move might be. Finally, after 8 days lost in the country and 12 miles traveled, we were able to set up a situation in an area where she believed she would return and ultimately we were able to get her to come out to us, and she was finally home safe again!
I believe one of Karin's biggest strengths is her strong empathy. She has been through this herself and she understands the instincts not only of a panicked or lost dog, but also of his or her panicked and (figuratively) lost guardian. She kept our heads straight, made sure we always had something productive to do, and ultimately I think that was key to staying active and not becoming paralyzed by fear, or debilitated by despair.
Anybody in a similar situation really should consider including Karin as a big component of his or her overall plan for finding their dog and bringing that dog home safe again! -Karen A. West Davis and Alex H. Davis
Around the world... From a Pet Owner in England
Karin, Karin, Karin...
How can I ever thank you? I have my little dog back after 4 weeks.
She was stolen from our village and taken 2 hours away so we were very lucky. We put it down to your campaign and signage you did for me. We have now covered all the surrounding villages and every weekend we were out in the community. I also managed to get an article in the local paper with her photo.
The lady who had her did not want to give her back but as you said... someone always eventually talks!!!
You have been fantastic and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for first giving me hope, second for giving me direction and finally your website and stories kept me constantly motivated when there were times I felt I wasn't going to get her back.
Anytime you want a visit to England you are always welcome here. Much Love and thanks Fiona. xxx
DIESEL IS HOME! That much awaited call was received @1:30pm from PHS. Diesel was found in Daly City close to the 280 Freeway entrance where Karin TarQwyn told us to look.
Special thanks to Karin TarQwyn- I've learned so much from you! For those who need help finding their missing pet - reach out to her, she is really good! M. Torres...San Bruno, CA
Hi Karin, I just wanted to thank you for your help in finding Max.
Our daughter was watching him for us at her house while we were out of town and he escaped out of her front door on Friday evening June 3rd. We came home and searched all night Friday, and the rest of the weekend. We put up some small flyers in the area, filed lost reports with all of the shelters, and did everything that we could think of to find him, with no luck.
We saw your ad on Craigslist on Wednesday and called you right away. We implemented your community awareness campaign and strategy. We had most of the signs up by Wednesday evening. On Sunday June 12th. someone saw one of the signs and called to say that they had seen Max in an open field behind their house, both Saturday and Sunday the week before. They tried to get him to come to them with treats etc, but he would not let them get close.
We were headed over to the area to search when we got another call. The same people that called us decided to go out in the field where they had last seen Max... they found Max's remains. Unfortunately he had been killed by a Coyote.
This was obviously not the outcome we had hoped for, but one of the hardest parts of this ordeal was the uncertainty and not knowing if Max was still out there or if he was suffering.
Without your help we would have never been able to get any closure and would probably still be out searching for him, and wondering. Your process worked exactly as you said it would, and we appreciate the help and guidance you gave us. Thanks again, -Brian in Arvata, CO.
COCOA HAS BEEN CAPTURED!
It's our wedding anniversary today and we couldn't ask for a better gift!
Thank you Karin TarQwyn for instructing me as to what to do. Your knowledge was invaluable and telling me "she was out there somewhere" stayed with me and gave me hope. Tammy Siefert, Plover, Wisconsin
Hi Karin, Rufus and I were reunited last night, 20 miles from my house!
He still had his thundershirt on, his collar and tags and even his brown bandana, which I'm going to frame. He's in remarkably great shape: he has a surface abrasion on his back left leg and is limping a little on his front left leg, and had a pretty bad case of fleas...but otherwise, is perfectly fine!
I can't thank you both enough for all your help through this process. He was sighted seven times from last Wed evening, 6/1 to yesterday morning, 6/6, all in Montebello. Each time I got a sighting, that created my new POD--and I had an amazing set of friends and family who helped me blanket each sighting area with posters/flyers/interviews, etc. Although he migrated another 8 miles south to Pico Rivera from Montebello, I KNOW that the collective positive energy and chatter throughout Montebello had something to do with him finally deciding that his "walkabout" was over. Or, he just really wanted another hot dog.
So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your expertise and guidance through this. I know I am super-lucky. And I am so very grateful. Meg M. in Montebello, CA.
This is an account of the loss and recovery of my dog Mishka, whose recovery was made possible by the unwavering effort, honed experience and talent of Karin TarQwyn and her K9 investigators.
My dog Mishka was lost by the dog boarding facility that was responsible for her care while I was to be traveling out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mishka, an energetic black dog of medium size, was a good jumper. She also hated to be separated from me. I dropped her off at the boarding facility the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving Day. She was lost by 4pm the same day. Mishka evidently jumped the 6-foot fence of the playpen inside the boarding facility, and the facility staff unwittingly opened in sequence every door that barred her way to the exit. Mishka was on the run for a total of ten days before her recovery; a recovery which was 100% made possible by Karin and her canine colleagues.
Karin's advice and first-hand knowledge throughout the recovery process was as valuable as the amazing scent-seeking noses and skill of her canine colleagues. Because of her years of experience, Karin was able to accurately profile my dog in minutes, to use aerial maps of my town to hypothesize correctly where Mishka would be running and hiding out, and to provide an unflagging professional approach and marketing technique.
Karin's commitment to her client and the recovery of the missing pet is evident. Within moments of speaking with me, she drafted a stylish sign and mapped out the canvassing approach we would take; she reviewed topographical features and major intersections with my boyfriend and outlined how and where to hang signs for optimal notice. I never would have thought about the need for signs to look professional and attractive to avoid being removed by city-workers, and Karin had so many tricks for successfully hanging the signs too. I had never thought to take a profile photo of my dog, so I had nothing appropriate for putting on the poster, but Karin had a solution for that too!
When we decided to hire Karin to help locate our dog in person, it was the most logical step we could take. Here was a successful professional in the business of finding missing dogs. When I spoke with Karin, she was always in between recovery efforts, juggling different missing dog cases all over the country - and not letting any of us down. She explained typical STARS dog behaviors and what I could expect to experience over the next few days.
Here was a woman I could respect and to whom I could relate. Just watching Karin work, one can see the admiration and respect she has for her dogs and for the emotional rollercoaster her client is going through. It was so easy and comforting to work with Karin because she's gone through the lost dog trial; she knows her client's fears, efforts and hopes. And she calms, commiserates, invigorates and cajoles at the appropriate times to make her client the best pet owner he/she can be in that situation. Because being at my best - clear headed, optimistic, rested, and focused - was a critical component to recovering my missing dog Mishka.
Karin communicates to her client and to her dogs with the same respectful and listening demeanor. It was fascinating watching her work, to the point where sometimes I was shocked that I was enjoying the experience, despite the grief I was undergoing in the process. But it was so rewarding watching Karin interact with her canine investigators; she understood their looks, their postures, stances and nose flares, she knew when they could go no further and knew when to push them onward. I would see the dog stop and wonder why, but Karin knew that they stopped because the brambles were too painful for them to walk over. I would think the dog was intently seeking a scent but Karin would know that the scent was crossed and with a simple command let the dog know to track the most recent scent. It was remarkable, and relieving, to see a process that could be applied to accurately navigate through the chaos and seeming hopelessness of the experience.
I saw the same talent applied by her to me. Karin kept telling me that my energy was my greatest resource in the effort to find Mishka - reminding me to eat, sleep and breathe. She knew when to put little Paco in my lap because I was on the verge of tears and needed some canine kisses. When I needed to feel like I was doing something, she let the dogs follow a scent past the point of purpose so that I had just that much more understanding of the path Mishka was following a few hours earlier. Karin explained the process to me, so I could comprehend what her dogs were trying to tell her and to relay to me in the field. I was encouraged to run with her and the dogs, as was my mom, so that I could see where my dog had been and how her habits were developing.
The takeaways one gains from working with Karin and her team are diverse. Some concepts are so subtle one wonders they were never known before. Other skills are so developed and fine-tuned that one fears what may have been had Karin never been sought. When I think back at all the time I spent on futile web postings and internet searches, when I should have been resting; all the hours I spent yelling out of car windows and driving through unknown neighborhoods in the off-chance that my dog would be right there, I laugh incredulously now because those efforts seem so futile. But no one could have convinced me of that then. In those days before I contacted Karin, every effort on my part was one step closer to Mishka. When in reality, many of those efforts may have put me two steps backwards. Karin provided so much insight and guidance. How could I have known that a STARS dog is likely to be frightened by the volume and high-pitched sound of any person's screaming voice out of a car window, regardless of the voice belonging to the owner? I did not know that there were strategic ways of placing flyers and tried-and-true poster compositions and styles that were guaranteed to catch someone's eye. What did I know of public outreach? For that matter, what did I know of terrain and behavior analysis? What experience had I with easements, rail lines and other such means of traveling unseen through a town, or of ransom demands for dogs with rewards on their heads? I had to expend valuable time and effort to tear down flyers and rescind comments because I had advertised a reward and asked people to please help me find my dog. This resulted in people calling to ask me the reward amount, with no knowledge of the whereabouts of my dog, of people chasing my dog down in trucks to try and capture her for the reward, and of people approaching my dog when I should have known it would just scare her (she always runs from strangers).
Karin laid out a plan, and helped me stick to it. She taught me how to set dog traps, how to recognize dog and coyote scat, how to anticipate where Mishka would head and when. By the end of the five days working with Karin - we were able to rule out entire regions of the surrounding areas (despite there being two other missing dogs in the area that closely matched Mishka's description) and to hone in on the precise neighborhoods through which my black, medium sized dog was traveling. Karin's sign-strategy and media outreach resulted in dozens of sighting calls a day; through Karin's refined approach, I learned how to question callers to discern whether the sighting was a positive ID to my dog and worthy of being checked by the K9 investigators for positive scent. The distressed pet owner wants to respond to every sighting with the physical presence of Karin's dogs; I desired to see the dogs confirm a positive scent or indicate a negative for every sighting. But there is simply not enough time and energy in any given day to do so much work. Karin trained me to think, be proactive, and work strategically through the approach that Karin outlines. Question the callers with the series outlined in Karin's manual and make a choice: could this be my dog? Or, is my time better spent responding to the other sighting that is in an area more likely to be traversed by my dog? Choose wisely, and if you can't choose, heed Karin's advice; she won't misguide.
We did check dozens of sightings, mapped the positive and negative scent locations, and discovered that Mishka was basically traversing a 3.5 miles long by .5 mile wide area that stretched out over major roads, forested areas, power line easements and rail lines, but was basically surrounded by highways - over which Mishka had not yet ventured. That was our lead. She was criss-crossing major roads several times a day. She was traveling rail lines that reeked of coyote scent and were littered in coyote scat. Mishka visited dumpsters at shopping centers she had driven past in my car, and possibly was surviving off of cat food and dumpster scraps. Karin showed me how to recognize when a dog was eating left out food, versus another type of domestic or wild animal; if there was scattered food and every piece was gone, then you had a hungry dog on your hands. Then we started receiving sightings in the same areas at certain times of the day. This allowed me to know where to expect Mishka to be in the hours between 7 and 9 am and the hours of 6 and 9pm. It is no wonder that most sightings of my black dog were during daylight hours and when people were driving to and from work! That didn't mean that Mishka wasn't moving at other times, but it was more likely she was resting during the day and was active at morning and night, mirroring her feeding and activity routine that she followed when home. This allowed us to redouble and focus efforts in the designated areas to the morning and evening hours.
Karin's fame and success rate made her a prime interest for major television stations; our story was picked up by the news and Karin got the dog poster and my number out to the public repeatedly. And in the end, on the morning that Karin and her team had to leave town, I received back-to-back calls from good Samaritans that had seen us on the news that Mishka had been sighted, and because Karin and her dogs had told me where to focus my search - I was so nearby to the sighting that I was able to respond in less than 5 minutes. Within 15 minutes, I spotted my dog about to run back into the wood stand (a stand that Karin had highlighted on our search route), and within seconds of hearing my quiet, and calm voice Mishka had run straight into my open arms.
I know this is a long story but I want others like me with a missing dog to understand how important it is to have someone like Karin on your side. Mishka would not be home with her. Thank You Karin and K9s!
L. Smulcer Colombus, GA.