HAPPY ENDING: Safe n’ Sound: The Story of the Hubbards Boxer May 2017


The Hubbards Boxer was first spotted and reported to us by Nicole on Friday, May 5, 2017. Little did we know that was going to be the beginning of a very busy week of sightings. We had to map out all the sightings. He was seen multiple times crossing the 103 Highway (phew!), then the old number 3 highway, and along the rails-to-trails paths, near cottages and rec centres, by local businesses… he was spotted a lot, but we never heard of an owner looking for a lost boxer. Sigh! We advised all to immediately report sightings to the respective Animal Control Services for either Halifax or Lunenburg Counties, as he was roaming between both municipalities. People didn’t just see him and leave him, they all tried to help him but he would have none of that… if approached or called to he may stop for a second to look, but then he was off into the safety of the woods.

So Many Sightings

Having sightings reported to us, the Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network, enabled us to create a map which we hoped would establish a pattern of his behaviour and area travelled. This is the actual map of sightings, each colour pawprint represent a different day:

Let’s see who reported sightings and hopefully we haven’t forgotten anyone… there was Nicole, Annette, Kris, Kandace, Rebecca’s Parents, Old School Pizza had a sighting on their Facebook page, Marcie, Allyson’s neighbour, Mike’s wife, Carol, Allyson’s friends, and finally Allyson got a photo of him on her security camera on May 9th, 2017:

This was the first visual the rest of us had… very blurry, but you can definitely see the boxer traits of a black muzzle, deep chest, short tail. Nothing further for another full day. Not until Karen had a sighting in her yard. Then Brittny had a sighting down by the beach again. And then the Boxer had a chance encounter with Tanya’s daughter:

“My daughter first spotted him last night at 7:15 pm in my neighbour’s driveway. He had been back to our yard at least three times last evening before dark. My daughter put out dog food on our front deck and she watched from inside while he finished the bowl and walked away.”


Tanya’s House

It was such a relief to know he had a good feed. Well done! Another sighting at the same location late that night and again the next morning.

“When I looked the other day it seemed like the last sighting was in front of the rec center on Wednesday night. I think from then on he may have been living in the woods behind our house because he didn’t ever seem long coming once I put food out.”

Tanya wasn’t going to let this dog suffer:

“There is food and water and a warm bed/crate/den for him on our front deck if he so pleases to have some warm rest.”

We suggest they move it closer to the wooded area behind her house, as that was his place of choice to escape if he felt insecure or frightened. This is what she photographed the next morning:

Such a handsome boy. He was very aware of every movement and sound. It must have been exhausting for him, but he was in survival mode. All he wanted was food, water, and shelter at this point.

Earning His Trust

From Tanya Friday afternoon:

“I just came home from work and walked up the hill to take the blankets off the crate like you had suggested (some dogs like a ‘cave’ and some like it open…we were trying both). I look up and there comes this handsome fella out of the woods and looks at me and walks on by. I turned my back to him so I didn’t spook him and he walked on by along the treeline to the path and back into the woods.” Bravo Tanya… He was checking in to see if you were bringing more food and you did exactly what you should have done… turned away so he didn’t feel intimidated or pressured.  “He walked on by as if nothing. He didn’t creep. He didn’t run or sprint. Just walked.”


VIDEO: Please click this link to see the video: LURING IN THE BOXER

He had everything he needed… a comfortable bed and blankets, regular feedings, and fresh water. He was looking a little thin from his week on the run, but he was still in excellent health. Boxers are very athletic dogs with a deep chest, tight waist and long legs. He would come back to the house looking for more food. We didn’t want to over feed him as we needed him coming back to the same location looking for food in order to work out getting him to safety.

“Then he came back looking for food again. (By the house.) He would eat some and then if he heard a noise he would go back up to the crate and wait a minute then come back again.”

This is great – he feels his safety zone is near the crate. At this point, we could have replaced the crate with a humane live trap. That was the plan at least…

“He came back and finished his food on the deck. Then back to the crate and laid on the blanket.”

Things were moving along quickly…faster than we could get a live trap to the location.

“He’s quite comfy in the crate now.”

He’s Inside. What Do We Do Now?

That evening, things changed considerably. He was feeling very confident and so were Tanya and her family. With the door ajar, their dogs and cats away, a gate up… he almost came inside looking for more hot dogs. Now, I can’t say I recommend doing this with a dog you don’t know. There was definitely a point missed where you lure a dog into you, gaining its trust enough to touch them and put a leash on them… and then decide if you are going to bring them into your home. It was pretty exciting seeing the progress they were getting. Being the kind animal loving people they were, Tanya and her family just couldn’t let him stay outside in the cold. He certainly found the right family to ask for help.

“I didn’t really plan on getting him into the house bit once my daughter started I just went with it and thought at least if we for him inside we could all hide in my bedroom until Brian (Animal Control Officer for Lunenburg County) came to get him.”

VIDEO: Please click this link to see a video: Hubbards Boxer Inside

You see his confusion in this video. He want’s the hotdog and he may even want to be inside, but he’s been in survival mode for a week and he’s nervous. And we don’t know what his life experience has been up to this point either. His ears keep listening behind him, his exit route, to make sure he can escape if he needs to run. He creeps forward, but only for the hot dog. Then he backs out again. There is a lot of body language going on and basically, it all says he’s unsure of being inside and being near people.


Wait…what? He’s inside again? This is what I hear next:

“He knocked over the gate and came from the back hallway to the house and went right upstairs.”

What a transformation from early that morning being sighted by the kennel at the back of the yard until now…

“It just all happened so quickly Friday day and evening. He stuck around right from the time he ate at 3pm Friday and was up and down the hill. We went out to dinner and when we came home and let our dogs out they were excited to see us and we made such a big deal of them talking to them and patting them and talking to them with so much excitement. Mr Boxer stood up at the top of the hill watching the entire time. I can’t help but think that it was these actions that helped him decide to come to us.”

I guess he made the decision it was going to be inside for him. I’m proud of Tanya’s next statement about this strange dog being in her upstairs:

“ I don’t want to go up and (make) him feel trapped.”

She was giving this dog the space he needed to feel safe, even if it meant he got the upstairs and she got the downstairs. The great thing is, he was in, the doors shut and Mr. Boxer was safe. Again, we don’t recommend using your entire home as a humane live trap with a strange dog…but since it worked out this way for Tanya we were all going to go with the flow. This next statement will tell you a lot about how nice this family is:

“I’m happy he’s safe but feel sad because he trusted us and we are giving him up. Wow. I could never foster dogs.”

Awe, you did the right thing (not necessarily in the right or safe way but you trusted your gut) Tanya and we all can’t thank you enough for getting this beautiful dog to safety. You and your entire family are this dog’s heroes, and ours too.


HAPPY ENDING: Safe n’ Sound! Yeah!!


Tanya let us know that he has settled and she has called Brian, the Animal Control Officer for Lunenburg County who worked hard that week trying to keep up with the sightings, to come and get this tired fella. 
“I wouldn’t approach him. (Again, not putting any pressure on him to have to decide fight or flight.) He found a mat in my 12 year olds messy room.”
What a story… This beautiful Boxer arrives in this community seemingly out of nowhere (being investigated now), spends a week on the run and crossing very busy highways, and everyone is trying to help him get to safety. Ultimately, he picks himself a family and ends up sleeping in the youngest kids bedroom like this is where he needed to be all along.
He’s safe, in the care of Lunenburg Animal Control where he is learning to relax and not worry about where his next meal is coming from or if he will be cold tonight. It seems unlikely his owners will be found and if that is so, he will go into rescue and be re-homed to his FUR-Ever Home. We want to thank everyone that was involved in helping this handsome boy… everyone that stopped and tried to get him to safety, who reported sightings to us, Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network, and to Animal Control in both Lunenburg and Halifax Counties, and to all the folks that cared and shared his info in hopes of finding his family. And once again, a huge thank you to Tanya and her family for doing everything in their power to get this dog to safety and to ACO Brian. You did it! Yeah! Yippee!! It’s another Happy Ending.

LOST DOGS: 2300 Beaver Bank Rd, Beaver Bank, Halifax Co, NS — DAKOTA: Shepherd/Husky mix, Female, 7 yrs & SKEDI: Labrador Retriever/Cattle Dog mix, Female, 9 yrs — “Dakota & Skedi”


Dakota & Skedi

Breed or Mix: Dakota: Shepherd/Husky mix & Skedi: Labrador Retriever/Cattle Dog mix

Sex: Both Females, Age: Dakota: 7 yrs & Skedi: 9 yrs

Collar/Tags: Dakota: Pink collar and Skedi: Green collar

Lost on: 05/26/2017

Area: 2300 Beaver Bank Rd, Beaver Bank, Halifax, NS

Additional Notes: Skedi is a dark color Labrador Retriever/Cattle Dog mix, Dakota is a blonde Shepherd/Husky mix with a dark snout. They are both very friendly. They took off together just before dark but may have separated. I’d found please contact us immediately.

Please Contact: Please cross post and if you have any information contact: Val at 902-865-2979 or
Cell number at 902-225-5793

HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound: Found: Roaming Dog: Elmsdale, Hants Co., NS — Labrador Retriever/ Airedale Terrier mix, Male, Adult — “Unknown”


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound! Yeah! We thank all that cared and shared. Special WOOF out to the finder that kept this boy safe! Good job everyone. (5.21/17 – 5.21.17)

Breed or Mix: Labrador Retriever/ Airedale Terrier mix

Sex: Male, Age: Adult

Collar/Tags: Brown leather-like collar with silver studs, no tags

Found on: 05/21/2017

Area:  Elmsdale, Hants, NS

Additional Notes: FOUND DOG. Tan coat with coarse fur, has a ‘beard’. Very friendly.

Please Contact: …


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound: Lost Dog: Dartmouth, Halifax Co., NS — Husky/Lab/Spaniel mix, Female, Adult — “Gypsy”



HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound! Yeah!! We thank all that cared and shared. We thank all that reported sightings and kept the family alerted to her whereabouts. Good Job everyone! (5.21.17 – 5.21.17)

Breed or Mix: Husky/Lab/Spaniel mix

Sex: Female, Age: Adult

Collar/Tags: None

Lost on: 05/21/2017

Area: Dartmouth, Halifax, NS

Additional Notes: She is a Husky/Lab (Spaniel) but sort of looks like a Dalmatian. She was last spotted by Portland Street, McDonalds in Dartmouth around 2:30pm

Please Contact: …


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound: Found: Roaming Dog: Porters Lake, Halifax Co., NS — Shih tzu, Female, Adult — “Unknown”


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound! Yeah!! We thank all that cared and shared. We LOVE fast happy endings! We thank the finder and Clayton Vet for keeping this sweetie safe until she could be reunited with her family. Good job! (5.24.17 – 5.24.17)

Breed or Mix: Shih tzu

Sex: Female, Age: Adult

Collar/Tags: Red collar with blue and yellow stripes

Found on: 05/24/2017

Area: Porters Lake, Halifax, NS

Additional Notes: FOUND DOG: dark grey/black with white markings, wearing a red collar, with blue and yellow stripes, no tags, no chip, recently groomed

Please Contact:


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound: Lost Dog: Hammonds Plains, Halifax Co., NS — German Shepherd Dog, Female, 1 1/2 yrs — “Mya”


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound! Yeah!! We thank all that cared and shared. Sweet Mya found her way back home! Good girl. (5.25.17 – 5.25.17)

Breed or Mix: German Shepherd Dog

Sex: Female, Age: 1 1/2 years

Collar/Tags: Bone shaped tag with name and contact info

Lost on: 05/25/2017

Area: Hammonds Plains, Halifax, NS

Additional Notes: Young female black and tan

Please Contact: …

SIGHTED: Roaming Dog: Montague Rd at Lake Loon Rd, Dartmouth Co., NS — Sheltie, Female, Older Adult — “Unknown”


Breed or Mix: Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog)

Sex: Female, Age: Older Adult

Collar/Tags: Collar with two tags ( maybe a rabies tag )

Sighted on: 05/26/2017

Area: Montague Rd at Lake Loon Rd, Dartmouth Co., NS

Additional Notes: Spotted a roaming dog eating garbage on Montague Road at 7:40 AM near entrance to Montague Estates . Think it was female , had a collar with two tags and was quite skittish but appeared to be street smart ( not running towards traffic )

Please Contact: Please cross post and if you have any information contact: Animal Control by dialling 311


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound: Lost Dog: Beaver Bank, Halifax Co., NS — Valley Bulldog/AmStaff mix, Male, 4 yrs — “Cooter”


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound! Yeah! We thank all that cared and shared. Cooter is back with his family! (5.24.17 – 5.25.17)

Breed or Mix: Valley Bulldog/AmStaff mix

Sex: Male, Age: 4 yrs

Collar/Tags: None they fell off

Lost on: 05/24/2017

Area: Beaver Bank, Halifax, NS

Additional Notes: Very friendly.

Please Contact: …


LOST DOG: Forest Glade Rd at Stronach Mountain Rd, Forest Glade, Annapolis Co., NS — Australian Kelpie mix, Male, 5 years — “Clifford”


Breed or Mix: Australian Kelpie mix

Sex: Male, Age: 5 years

Collar/Tags: Harness – No collar/Tags – Is micro-chipped

Lost on: 05/23/2017

Area: Forest Glade Rd at Stronach Mountain Rd, Forest Glade, Annapolis, NS

Additional Notes: Clifford is very nervous and skittish….do NOT chase. Please report any sightings.
Lost around 9:15 pm in the area of Forest Glade Road and Stronach Mountain Road

Please Contact: Please cross post and if you have any information contact: Debbie at 902-242-2214 or Sarah at 902-825-3208 or email Debbie Gaul at debbiegaul@hotmail.com

HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound: Found: Roaming Dog: South Alton, Kings Co., NS — Black Labrador Retriever, Male, Young Adult — “Unknown”


HAPPY ENDING: Home, Safe n’ Sound! Yeah!! Thanks so much to Renée and friends for working so hard to help this pooch. It was great to hear that through lots of networking, it was discovered this beauty got home safely. Phew! Thanks to all the folks that cared and shared…it works! (5.24.17 – 5.24.17)

Breed or Mix: Black Labrador Retriever

Sex: Male, Age: Young Adult

Collar/Tags: No collar/tags

Lost on: 05/24/2017

Area: South Alton, Kings, NS

Additional Notes: This dog was sighted running up on Canaan Cross Rd and later in the fields nearby. Very scared, please contact Kings Animal Control or the RCMP if sighted. Do Not Chase: Do not call, whistle, clap…very skittish.

Please Contact: Please cross post and if you have any information contact: Kings Animal Control at 902-678-3647


SIGHTED: Roaming Dog: 293 Sackville Dr, Middle Sackville, Halifax Co., NS — Husky, Female, Puppy — “Sasha”



Breed or Mix: Husky

Sex: Female, Age: Puppy

Collar/Tags: Name tag was a red metal bone shape, said “Sasha”, collar appeared to be leather

Lost on: 05/23/2017

Area: 293 Sackville Dr, Middle Sackville, Halifax, NS

Additional Notes: Black and white husky, unable to determine much about the coat as she was wet, been outside for a bit I would guess. Saw her exploring behind my work and when I was looking for name and owners information she took off heading in the direction of the Cobequid Road.

Please Contact: Please cross post and if you have any information contact: Animal Control by dialling 311