By Gina M. Capone
Aimee Boyer’s seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Ruby went missing Saturday, April 6 around 5 p.m. along a bridle path close to the stabling entrance to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center at Pierson Road by Grand Prix Village.
Boyer believes that her dog is within a five-mile radius of the show grounds, and she is not leaving for her home in Massachusetts until she finds her little companion.
Boyer has hired “animal communicators” who are tracking Ruby and her whereabouts, and she is seeking the public’s help from anyone who may have sighted her missing pet.
“We were walking back to the barn, just 100 yards from our horse show stabling, and I realized she wasn’t with us,” Boyer said. “It was later in the evening and quiet at the show grounds, so she was just walking along with us without a leash. When I noticed that she was missing, I went back to the place we stabled earlier in the season to see if she wandered back there, but I wasn’t able to locate her. The GPS signal pinged on her collar for the last time when we were driving over to the WEF showgrounds from Loxahatchee on Saturday evening, and by Monday, the GPS signal had died out.”
Boyer has hung more than 700 posters in stores and on utility poles. She has proactively contacted various rescue shelters and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, where she filed a lost dog report, put up posts online, but as of yet, no one has found the terrier.
Besides the GPS identifier collar, which has gone dead, Ruby also has a microchip, which has been initiated and prompted Home Again Microchip Company to send out lost pet alerts and posters notifying veterinarians, shelters and pet rescuers within a 25-mile distance of where she was lost.
These are important aspects of securing a lost pet, according to the Humane Society of the United States. But a collar with identification is significant in case a neighbor finds the pet or does not take the pet to an animal hospital for scanning of the microchip.
Living on a large farm, Boyer never imagined Ruby would go missing. Frantic to find her little pet, Boyer is trying other means to find Ruby. She has been given details by five “animal communicators” who are attempting to track Ruby by telepathy. Boyer has been told that her Jack Russell is within a five-mile radius of the Wellington show grounds.
“I have sought the help of two animal communicators that I use in my area at home in Massachusetts,” she said. “Originally, we thought she was lost for a little bit, and then by Monday, the communicators felt she had been picked up.”
Boyer felt relieved by the news that Ruby is still in the area. “The news she is still alive has been helpful because it has given me a peace of mind. I was worried about her wandering down the canals with alligators where she may be trying to find me and our [local] farm location in Loxahatchee,” she explained. “The communicators think she is in a barn setting with other dogs and horses. There is a type of communication called ‘map dowsing,’ where the animal communicator uses crystals to locate the pet within a circumference of distances. I have been told she is in a rural area off a long dirt road.”
While some might find the methods unusual, Boyer said that she has had success before with animal communicators.
“I use animal communicators for my horses, for example, if there is a lameness problem that has the vets stumped. A communicator diagnosed a horse with Lyme disease, and it was beneficial information that helped the horse and owner,” she said, adding that the communicators are all different. “They don’t need to know the animal. A simple photo or a description of the pet is enough.”
Boyer said she will continue the search as long as is necessary.
“I have been going back to the area by the show grounds where the communicators have told me to look,” she said. “I am hoping Ruby will be found or will find me by way of someone reaching out who has seen her. I am knocking on doors, trying to locate her and trying to stay positive.”
According to Boyer, Ruby is friendly, smart and playful, but may be shy with strangers. “Her tail is longer than other Jack Russells, but other than that, she has no outstanding markings,” she said.
Anyone who may have seen Ruby or knows where she might be can contact Aimee Boyer at (413) 250-6162 or through the Harmony Hill Farm web site at www.harmonyhill-farm.com/contactus.html.