Taz, a one and a half year old poodle, went missing from its Buford home on Nov. 19 while medical personnel assisted its owner's husband. Janet Duncan, the dog's owner, has canvassed the area, but has been frustrated with a Buford sign ordinance that prohibits her from posting information to find the dog.
BUFORD -- A woman whose dog escaped her home last week while emergency medical personnel tended to her husband is in search of any way possible to find her seven-pound brown poodle, Taz.
Janet Duncan of Buford said she was volunteering at the Gwinnett Helpline on Nov. 19 when she learned that medical personnel arrived in an ambulance to assist her husband, who had a medical emergency while doing yard work around 10:30 a.m.
Volunteers like Duncan at the Gwinnett Helpline offer assistance for people who need help with family problems, shelter, health services, child care, substance abuse, employment, food, legal services and senior issues.
When a paramedic arrived at Duncan's home, her husband said his insurance card was inside, and a paramedic went inside to retrieve it, but Duncan said the door was left open.
So Taz, who is a year and a half old, and was wearing a pink shirt, left the house and ran down Hamilton Mill Road. Duncan believes Taz crossed over Bogan Road and traveled down a hill. Duncan said the dog wasn't wearing a collar or tags because she's afraid it would get caught on something in the house.
"Things like this don't happen to me," Duncan said. "I've had pets all my life and I've never lost a pet except for old age. This was all beyond my control. I was trying to do a worthy deed."
Because her husband was in stable condition, he told Duncan, "Don't dare come down here until you find the dog," she recalled. So Duncan said she looked for Taz for about eight hours.
But since Nov. 19, the search has been hampered by a Buford sign ordinance that prevents the posting of lost dog signs, flyers or posters.
Duncan said real estate signs are the only signs allowed.
"A lost pet, there should be an exception for that, and that only," said Duncan, who also has another older poodle.
While she hasn't yet found her dog, Duncan said she's reunited three other lost dogs with their owners after she searched lost and found web sites, shelters, veterinary clinics and gas stations. She's also placed magnetic signs on the door of her vehicle and placed ads on Craiglist.
Duncan also said a $1,200 reward is available to those who help her find Taz.
"She's not worth that to anybody but me. she's not going to be happy with anybody else," Duncan said. "She lays on my shoulder in the recliner chair. She's stuck to me like glue. The best present I could ever get is my dog back."
If you have information that could help Duncan find her dog, call 770-633-1994.