Losing "Vegas"............. Finding my purpose and passion:
Growing up as a musician in Little Rock, Arkansas, surrounded by the state's abundant wildlife, I naturally have compassion for all of God’s creatures. Being an avid animal lover, I have rescued baby squirrels, birds, rabbits, cats, dogs and even snakes. My current household consists of four dogs, eight cats, five fish and a python. Although music is still one of my passions, I found another passion and purpose when I lost my cat “Vegas”.
It all started with this little black female kitty that adopted me. Due to her small size, we didn't rush to have her spayed. Much to our surprise, she soon became pregnant and delivered five beautiful male kittens. I kept three and named them “Hollywood”, “Miami” and “Vegas”. “Vegas” was one of a kind. He was my “soul mate” cat. All three boys were indoor/outdoor cats. They loved to climb trees and explore, but would always come whenever I called for them. On a Sunday, May 14, 2006, around 12:00 pm, I called my babies to come inside. All of them showed up at the door except for “Vegas”. I called for him all afternoon, but nothing. I knew something was wrong. I frantically searched the woods and my neighborhood for two weeks. This was killing me! I could do nothing else but think about “Vegas” and search for him. I needed help. I needed help soon. I needed search dogs!
I hired a team of search dogs to help me find my boy. The lead dog had no trouble picking up the scent from “Vegas”. The scent trail led us to a wooded area, where it appeared something had been traveling. Then the dogs tracked the scent to a storm drainage system. This is where the scent just ended.
Through this tragedy though, there is revelation. I have found my purpose and mission in life. As the saying goes, "When one door closes, another one opens". This is true for me.
This is why I created my business, The Feline Finders. I am now a Certified Pet Detective and Feline/Canine Specialist. I’m also a member of the “Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors”organization. It is my goal and passion to assist pet owners in finding their lost and missing pets.
On my team, my leading man is “Rio”! He is a scent specific pet detection K-9. He’s a very smart Beagle mix with a great nose! His team partner is “Savannah”. She is also trained to be scent specific. She’s a very smart and beautiful Dalmatian/Greyhound mix that absolutely loves kitties! She, like “Rio”, puts her nose to the ground and is relentless in her search for lost cats. She now works full time with “Rio” on the road and in the air.
A valuable asset and co-owner of The Feline Finders is Chris Brandt. Growing up with a grandmother who trained and showed AKC Championship Dobermans, Chris has acquired a natural handling and training ability. With his prior government experience, his investigative skills and knowledge is top notch. Chris will assist with many area searches.
Certified Pet Detective Chris Brandt ID # 006-107ARHandler/Trainer/Navigator