Less than a day after landing in Amsterdam on April 18 for vacation, local couple Robbie Jones and her husband Sam received a call from the boarding facility where their two dogs were lodged. A boarding facility employee alerted the Jones' that one of their dogs, Kohl, was missing. That same afternoon Robbie and Sam booked a flight back to the United States to search for their dog. Nearly a month later, the couple are continuing to search for the dog, utilizing every resource in their efforts.
Robbie Jones explained that Kohl, a black German Shepherd, is more than just a pet.
"We got Kohl when he was a puppy. He had a rough start, he had a bunch of fleas and ticks when picked him up. We took him straight to the veterinarian and we weren't sure if he was going to live. We've had him now for six years and he has grown into a beautiful black German Shepherd. He is part of the family," Robbie Jones said.
She went on to say that the two dogs are like children to her and her husband. The two never had children and raised the animals as members of their family. The close bond between Robbie and Kohl is the source of the relentless search for the dog.
Although Kohl has become far more healthy since his puppy days, Robbie said he still has issues with his eyes. Due to the issues with his eyes, he needs frequent eye drops to prevent blindness.
"Kohl has Pannus, which causes him to go blind without eyedrops. Our vet said he could probably go two months before going blind, so we are about 30 days in now. It gets scarier every day," Robbie Jones said.
Their search efforts up to this point have included driving around searching for the dog, involving local agencies and hiring a team of search dogs. Robbie said the community support during this time has been great. According to Robbie, the couple have worked with the Guthrie Police Department, Logan County Sheriff's Office, city employees, trash collectors and the local veterinarians to find Kohl.
The latest major effort was taken last week when the Jones' worked with tracker dogs who sniffed out Kohl's scent. Robbie supplied a thunder blanket that Kohl wore because he was afraid of thunderstorms. The tracker dogs followed Kohl's scent throughout the city, eventually leading them to Highland Park, the disc golf course and finally to Tractor Supply.
It was at Tractor Supply where they lost Kohl's scent. This led the Jones' to believe that the dog either got into a vehicle or was put into one.
As the first month of Kohl's absence is coming to an end, couple have decided to offer a $1,000 reward for the dog. Robbie requested that anyone with information about Kohl to call her at 753-0930. All progress regarding the search for Kohl can be found on Facebook at the page Bring Kohl home.
She also warned that, if anyone does see Kohl, he gets startled easily and should not be chased. The family will continue searching for the dog and will appreciate any information.