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Sock soup and dirty laundry can help find missing pets

Tips from Lost Dogs of Texas can help find your pet
Lost Dogs of Texas provided tips to help find "Peaches"
Posted at 8:09 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 09:10:15-05

ROBSTOWN, Texas — "My husband was calling Peaches. And she wouldn't come out,” said Belinda Trevino, owner of their dog, Peaches.

On Dec. 4, Trevino said she and her family were in the process of moving when they noticed that Peaches was missing.

"Everybody was scrambling from room to room looking under the blankets looking under clothes, moving boxes and we realized she was gone,” said Trevino, who was living in Robstown at the time.

The family reached out to "Lost Dogs of Texas," a nonprofit organization that helps people find their dogs at no charge. Trevino said Peaches is more than a pet but a special friend to her son, Edward.

"My son is autistic, he's his TV buddy," Trevino said. "She has her own blanket there on the sofa that she cuddles up in and she sits with him. She's a big part of it, any animal is a big part of different people in different ways.”

Marylinn Litt, director of Lost Dogs of Texas, said one thing lost dog owners can do is place their laundry by their front door.

"Because they will just smell it and find their way back home,” she said. "I have had so many people tell me that when they open the door in the morning, there was their dog right on top of the laundry,” said Litt.

Litt said she learned something else from a dog detective. To make sock soup for your pet to find your scent.

"You take your dirty socks and put them in water," she said. "Then take that dirty water then put it in a spray, and just spray."

Litt says other things you can do are walk, don't drive from where your dog was lost because they'll be able to pick up your scent and to keep your missing pet flyers looking new.

"The important thing is to not give up, to have hope, but also you need to implement the good practices that will get your dog home,” she said.

For more information about Lost Dogs of Texas go here or to their Facebook page here.