From: Kathy LeMay
To: "Carl Washington"
Subject: Re: Hiring you to help us find Spot
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2005 00:33:03 -0400
Spot just came home!!
We did everything you said then sat on stakeout for about an hour or so.
Came back in for a break. Went out again. Saw a family of raccoons
but no Spot. Then, one hour later she came running into the house. Carl,
how can we thank you enough? Thank you for knowing animals so well, for
reading about our lost cat and sending us your information, for responding
to my email immediately and for bringing our Spot home.
Your system is smart, strategic and effective. I had given up hope until
your email. You gave us back hope, and you gave us results.
I am certainly going to make a donation to your incredible work.
Please look for that in the mail shortly.
If you're ever in western Massachusetts dinner is on us!
With tremendous gratitude,
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 22:12:25 -0400
Just want you to know you are my hero ! I thank you for all
of your help to me during the two weeks our little cat was missing.
You are a very patient and good man, Carl.
Rihley has not left our side since he got home. He follows us all over
the house - he is one happy cat. I have renamed him "Rihley Washington" -
Please send me 10-12 business cards so I can take them to my vets.
office and the cat shelter where I volunteer.
NBC - in Washington DC wants to interview us about you
and the rescue of Rihley - IS it okay to give them your name & number?
I'll find out the details tomorrow and I will let you
know before I give them any information - whatever you say is fine with me.
I'm sorry you couldn't come to my house for dinner - I'm a good
southern cook and would have liked to meet you and shared some good food with
you. If you come back to this area and need a place to stay - you are
always welcome in my house.
Thanks for bringing our little boy back to us - He was exactly where you
indicated on the map he would be !
Love and God bless you,
Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 20:51:48 -0700 (PDT)
This is Simon Tam from Los Angeles and you spoke to me on Sunday, giving
me information and tips on finding my dog. Well I would like to personally thank you because I did exactly what you told me to do and I got calls within a couple hours and before I knew it I found my dog. I have also attached a photo of our dog, her name is "Socks" because being a fellow dog lover we just wanted to show you our dog to thank u for all your help. My family would also like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts..
Thank you very much for all your help.
Date: February 6th 2004
You all know by now that Sukey, my beloved kitty, sneaked out of the front door last Thursday night, looking for adventure. An "inside cat", Suke had never put a paw outside the house until she attempted an escape a few days earlier (foiled by my husband, Tad) but had recently taken to hanging around the front door meowing piteously as if life would never be complete until she saw what was out there. We kept telling her she Didn't really want to go out there, and we thought we had her convinced; but in a lax moment, while we were wrestling big black bags out of the front door, the little black cat zipped out into the big black night.
I missed her sleeping next to me that night, but I had slept in the guest room bed because Tad had a cold and was coughing, so I assumed she had been in her usual spot in our bed. I was surprised not to see her the next morning, though, and looked for her all over the house, opening all the interior doors in case she was trapped. Of course it never occurred to me that she wouldn't BE in the house. I was leaving for a weekend trip to play dolls with friends in California, so I called Tad from the airport to let him know that the "juvenile delinquent" (as we call her) was hiding somewhere and to please find her. Off I went on my merry way. After a marvellous, carefree weekend with my buddies, I called home just before my flight left San Francisco for Atlanta, and was stunned when Tad said "you know, I've never found Sukey." I was horrified!
Now, I must explain that this kitty is my little furry comfort, and I am nuts about her. I was so terrified that she was either dead somewhere in the house or, worse, OUTSIDE. And it had been three days! Tad said he was sure that if I went around and called for her she would come.
The next day,( and the next, and the next), I walked around the neighborhood, in the rain, calling and calling. I went immediately to the Humane Society and the county Animal Control office. I put an ad in the paper. That was what saved me.
Thanks to a marvellous man named Carl Washington--Pet Detective (yes, think Ace Ventura, though I never saw the movie). This lovely little girl was returned to us in the middle of the night. Carl telephoned me yesterday after seeing my ad in the paper about my lost cat. I was, admittedly, very sceptical. A Pet Detective?
He directed me to his website and told me to call him back if I was interested. Needless to say, I called him back very quickly. He offered to do a "profile" very inexpensively, which essentially would instruct me and Tad how to locate Sukey ourselves (and trap her, if necessary)
But since it had been a week I chose to hire his personal services, since he lives only in Augusta Georgia. He promptly got into his truck with his two "tracking dogs" (a poodle and a Jack Russell terrier) and arrived at our house at 10pm.
He asked us a few questions about Sukey, her personality and her reactions to strangers, and then told us to stay inside and be ready to get up at any time. He said he didn't want to get our hopes up too much, but he thought he had an 85pct chance of getting Sukey back to us very quickly. Quickly? Like, tonight? He said, yes, he wanted to go back home as soon as he could. We were incredulous.
At 3:15am the phone rang and I heard his voice say "I think I've got your baby"... I ran downstairs, and outside the front door was a humane trap with a VERY angry cat thrashing around and yowling at the top of her lungs. He said "Is that her? She's a mean one" and I had to stop about 5 seconds to be sure, because Sukey is a very quiet little girl. Obviously she didn't take to being trapped! But I said YES!!!!!!!! And he brought her into the house and set her free. She zoomed away and was, I thought, hiding in the dining room when I went back to bed. So before I went to bed, I stood in the dining room door (this is where all the doll boxes are) and spoke into the darkness, telling her how happy I was that she was home, and how much we loved her and missed her. Then I went upstairs and found her peacefully sleeping right in her regular spot, on my side of the bed, just as if nothing had ever happened. She'd been gone for an entire week.
She lay curled up beside me all night, moving with me if I turned over. Her sleep was fitful and nervous at first, but she finally calmed down. And as you can see, she was happy for her breakfast and is now back to zzzzzzzz ng in her favorite chair.
I'm sorry for the essay, but I know you were all sharing my worry and sending up prayers and good wishes, and I wanted to thank you all by telling you the very happy ending.
P. S. if you EVER have a pet who is really, really lost, for heaven's sake, call this man. He's a genius.
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2003
I'm writing to thank you! We took your advice and it
worked quite well!
Caught Max the second night! He is home and well and
we all have our lives back. If you have a card or
brochure I'd like to keep some on hand, we will pass
them along to our clients who have lost a dog or cat.
Thanks again. Janet
McKim DVM Middleburg Animal Hospital PO Box 368
MIddleburg, VA. 20118.
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003
OH MY GOD! In my 20 years in the animal field
I have NEVER lost a pet,
but when BEAR, my indoor only wimpy house cat, was
gone more than 2 hours
I was panicked!
When a pet detective contacted me via email I was
extremely suspicious, but thought only for 1 minute
and took a chance to get our beloved BEAR back and
took his advice. GOD BLESS YOU CARL!!!
Within 5 minutes back inside of my house there were
faint meows and my husband and I quietly raced to
the back porch to have BEAR run to us eager to go
inside and eat! OH MY GOD - it was that easy!
THANK YOU! The tears are still flowing as I
right this and I WILL thank the LORD tomorrow in
church for you and your mother for
contacting/helping me! I ALSO want you to use
me as a reference ANYTIME cause a clear thinker is
exactly what everyone needs in a time of crisis.
BEAR is back indoors and ALL our pets are getting
scheduled for chip inplanting immediately. He
will probably sleep on our bed as usual tonight, but
the look on my daughters' faces in the morning will
be priceless! OH MY GOD - THANKYOU!!!
Pohatcong, New Jersey
owner of The Hoos Zoo
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003
I just wanted to let you know that I did everything
you told me to do last night and a couple hours
after dark Ozzie showed up on my doorstep. I
opened the door and she came running and jumped into
my arms. Thank God she seems to be fine. I'm
putting tags on her collar today just to be a bit
safer. I can't thank you enough for your help.
Getting Ozzie back definitely completes our family.
Hopefully she will realize that it's a whole lot
nicer inside than outside.
I will definitely be passing your name on if anyone
I know is searchingfor a pet (family member).
The Walker Family
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003
Carl , hank came home tonight, you said at 5:00 pm,
he got home at 8:00pm,
Absolutely amazing, you are the best! We will
give you the details, thanks Tim
Date: Mon, 7 Apr
Just wanted to give you the good new that we
found Tigger Friday night! Thank you so much
for your help and tips on how to find him.
We weren't sitting there for more than 30
seconds when Adam spotted the two "glowing"
eyes. Adam got out and walked towards
the woods and called for Tigger. I then got
out and walked over and called him and we
could see his white chest. Tigger
started to meow and came right to us! We
were so happy to see him! He was clean
and uninjured! He only had a small
scrape on his little pink nose and he hasl ost
a few pounds -- but that's probably a good
Anyway, I don't think we would have
found him if it had not been for you. You gave
me hope that Tigger was still out there
somewhere and you were right on the money when
you said he was close by!
Hopefully I will never need your assistance
again but if I do or anyone I know loses a
cuddly family member, I will refer them to
Thanks again, you truly are an inspiration to
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003
I just wanted to take the time to formally
thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You are the most amazing man & I am completely
impressed with your abilities & the amazing
job you did by finding my cat. You sent
me a profile & assured me that if I follow
those steps, that I stood a great chance at
finding my Baby. I DID!!!! I owe
my life & my cat's life to you!! You
have more than impressed me & I look forward
to spreading the good word of your work.
I want you to know that you can use my name
anywhere, anytime for a reference. I
plan on writing the local news stations here
in Kansas City & also writing the Kansas City
Star on the amazing Pet Detective you are.
I called you many times & you were always
helpful, kind & well educated on finding my
cat. I first called you & had my profile
within 1 hour & then had found my cat in less
than 24 hours after placing the initial phone
call to you. I thought I had looked
everywhere & in your profile you hit the exact
spot where she was. If I said thank you
all day, every day; it would never express the
gratitude I have towards you.
Thank you & may good blessings be with you &
Nicole St John
11775 S Shannan St
Olathe, KS. 66062
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003
Thank you so much. I followed the advice
you gave me over the phone last night, and my
cat Honey is safe at home again.
This morning, she greeted us in the family room
with a meow. She was hungry and tired but
otherwise in good shape. I won't need the
profile, but would like to pay you for your
consultation. Would $50 be
sufficient? If so, please let me know
where to send it. If not, what would be
appropriate for your excellent advise.
Thank you again, you are fantastic,
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002
It is Monday morning
and I was getting ready to call out the media
letters off to vets when I looked out my window
and bella was walking up from the back of the
property. exactly where you said she would be.
And we did exactly what you said to do.
Thank you so much,
Amy and Bryant Krenek
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003
Great news -- the alley work did the trick
tonight, and we got Carlos back!!
We are just over the moon!
We kept a sharp eye out for Carlos.
We cleaned up some trash in the alley behind our
house that we found scattered by the trash
trucks, and then I did some garden weeding to
work off my sadness, and came in when it was
finally dark. Jere decided we needed some
yogurt to cheer us up, so he left to drive up
the street. He got back about 20 minutes
later and I heard him come in through the back
porch. He said, "look who's here!!" and I
looked up and Jere had Carlos in his arms!
I started crying like a baby and Carlos jumped
down and came over to rub on me. He was a
little dirty and smelled pretty funky, but he
didn't have a scratch on him, thank goodness!
His little kitty girlfriend, Nina, was pretty
wary of him at first and did a lot of careful
sniffing. She looked like she was saying,
"where the heck have YOU been and WHO were you
with?" Then she hissed at him. It
was pretty funny. Then they tussled for
awhile like nothing was wrong and went back to
chasing each other. Then Carlos snarfed down
food at two different bowls. He was pretty
hungry. He had a long grooming session and
looked pretty spiffy in no time. He's been
getting lots of rubs and love. Nina and Carlos
are now in the garage, their favorite play area,
scouting the many bugs and crawling things they
love to hunt.
We are so relieved and thankful! You're
techniques were so practical and right on the
mark! Carlos was back by the fence
under the carport, where there are some openings
wide enough for him to get through from the
alley. Jere said he got out of the car and
Carlos just flopped right down on the driveway
and rolled on his back like, "OK, you know what
you need to do--rub me!" as if nothing was
wrong. Well, he had his fun, and now we will be
extra careful to watch the doors when we're
going in and out.
It was just great to find someone like yourself
with experience in domestic animal behavior. You
were so confident, and we were able to calm down
and feel there was something positive and useful
we could do on our own to track down Carlos.
He just "partied" for 5 days, but we were
worried the whole time.
The neighbors were great, as one of the
neighbors saw Carlos 24 hours after he got out,
but didn't realize he was an escaped cat.
He felt really bad that he missed the chance to
get him. He escaped Thursday. The
neighbor would have tried to capture him or at
least follow him and see where he went. We
did get to meet neighbors we didn't know, and
everyone was very helpful and sympathetic.
So the whole process was a good experience in
the long run. And now that I know how cats
behave when they escape, I won't be so worried
if he gets out again. He'll probably just join
the other cats up the street, and will come home
in a fewdays.
Our neighbor wants us to write a story for the
neighborhood association newsletter and relate
how you helped us, if that's OK with you. We
would include your tel. nos. and email address.
There are lots of animal lovers in our area.
Also, I will pass along our experience working
with you to our area newsmagazine, The Advocate
as well as the Dallas Morning News hopefully for
inclusion in one of their sections on pets, if
that's ok with you. I think people need to
know about your very valuable service and feel
they have good tools and support to help find
their pets, instead of sitting and worrying.
So, if that's ok, just let us know and we'll get
the good word out.
Also, Jere and I would like to send you some
additional money for the extra special service,
phone and e-mail time you gave us. You stayed
right with us. If someone comes along who
can't afford to pay, maybe you can help them
Many, many thanks for a "job well done!" Keep us
on your e-mail list if you can, and send us
future success stories of The Number One Pet
Detective in the US!!! And please use us as a
reference for anyone else.
Hope we don't need you again [ :) ], but if
anything happens in the future, we'll be sure to
call you to keep our morale up and offer ideas
while we track down the kitties.
All our best,
Sara Guettel and Jere Reiser
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003
Mr. Washington, you are
oh so right about my indoor cat. He was
right under the deck for the last two days but
wouldn't have come out any time soon until I
used your intelligent tactics.
Lo and behold I heard a bell tinkling and sensed
something on the move. I heard a small
little meow and tracked it to our deck.
Bentley's head appeared and he saw me and ducked
back under the deck. He had a very wild
look in his eyes. I knew he didn't know me
I squatted and waited and sure enough his head
appeared again. Not so wild
looking this time. This went on for at
least 15 minutes until he finally pushed out a
little further then a little further. I
finally was able to grab him and pull him out.
Gosh, does it feel good to have little Bentley
Thank you for your sage advice from afar, yet I
felt you were right next to me coaching me on.
Your help to us folks losing our dearest and
treasured friends is so greatly appreciated.
Thank you, thank you and God Bless.
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003
We found Arlo today! He was about 1-1/2 or
2 miles away, in a completely
different subdivision, ACROSS (busy) Highway
31!!! I have no idea how he got
there! Either a neighbor relocated him
there, or a coyote may have chased him or
a dog maybe...something scared him out of the
subdivision. An elderly lady and her son
first saw him around Thanksgiving, behind their
house. They are the ones that Jerry and I
went to go check out. We searched that day
and found nothing. We figured it was a
wild (feral) cat. However, they said
they'd never seen this cat before, and the
timing would be about right as well, for him to
show up over there. Anyway, yesterday they
called me again, telling me he was there and
they were feeding him leftover turkey from
Thanksgiving. I told them I couldn't leave
work, but I'd be over there today to see if I
could see him. I went over, thinking if it
WAS him, and he was too scared to come out, I'd
have to trap him in order to find out if it
REALLY was him. I pulled up to her house,
and at the house next door was an orange/white
cat, sitting next to their side door. I
got out of the truck and said "hello kitty" to
it, thinking, "that must be the cat she thinks
is mine, but that's not Arlo..." Well, he
stayed there and meowed at me. I marveled
at how he LOOKED like Arlo, and MEOWED like Arlo...I
knocked on the door and asked the lady to come
out and look at this cat, and verify is this the
one you think is my cat (before I went searching
elsewhere)? She came out and said yes,
that's the one. Then (I was in denial from
being disappointed from "sightings" so many
times) I proceeded to tell her it wasn't my
cat!!! At that point he started meowing
and WALKING towards me...like MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!
It's meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! I
STILLLLLLL didn't get it...I said, this cat's
got a white spot on his face, my cat doesn't
have that (denial, or was it brain damage, was
quite advanced at this point), and she said, he
HAS to be your cat, he's coming right up to you!
I was stillllllll in denial. I thanked her
for her time and said I'd go ahead and give this
(obviously hungry) cat some food and be on my
way (YES, I was going to LEAAAAAAVE him...alzheimers
police, where are you????). At that
moment, the "police" drove up...Jerry and Chase!
Jerry knew I was going over there, and he and
Chase saw my truck was gone from the house (they
had gone to Taco Bell), so they came over.
Well, Jerry got out and at FIRST he said well
that cat resembles Arlo, but it's not him.
(Cause I'dalready been shaking my head "no" when
he drove up...I had no brain cells left by this
point...) Well, the cat proceeded to rub
on Jerry, and then meow, and Jerry said, Nancy
that sure SOUNDS like Arlo...and that did
it...at that precise moment in time, the denial
"walls" started tumbling down, out of my hollow
skull, allowing the brain cells to flow back in,
or something...I suddenly "allowed" myself the
"permission" of thinking positively, COULD this
be Arlo? I looked at him closely, VERY
closely, and noticed he was neutered, AND that
his fur around his neck had that familiar
indentation indicating a collar had been
there...suddenly I started crying...OH MY GOOD
Intelligence flooded back into my brain and I
knew it was him. He was screaming at me
the whole time saying MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!
I scooped him up and hugged him!!!! I then
knocked on the lady's door again and told her
she was right, it WAS my cat! I hugged her
and gave her the reward. I then took him
home and that cat rode on my shoulders as I
drove, meowing the whole time and purring madly!
He's stuffed himself and stuffed himself the
remainder of this day, and has been drinking
water like crazy (he did have plenty though, I
think he was just stressed). He's now
crashed in his favorite spot, completely sound
asleep for probably the first time in four
weeks. His instinct had to protect him the
whole time he was gone, so I am certain he
didn't get much rest. Plus he's
malnourished a bit, has lost a few pounds.
But...he's FINE, and HOMEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I
am so relieved!!! I am wondering what
caused him to end up over there...either an
irate neighbor moved him, or a
coyote/dog/something scared him and caused him
to leave his territory. I guess I'll never
know, at least while I'm here on Earth.
Doesn't matter though, he's home safe!
Needless to say, Arlo is GROUNDED...for a long
time! I am in the process of
getting my fencing in the back "split" in two,
one side for the cats, one side for the dogs.
The cats' side will be 5 feet high, and I am
getting special "cat fencing" added on top of it
that will ensure they cannot get "out out."
Right now I don't think he cares one bit that
he's not outside...he's zonked in his favorite
spot (same spot where Coco and Rocky sniffed).
The other cats all sniffed him like crazy when
he came home. He was so happy to see them,
he went up to each of them, and some hissed at
him cause he didn't smell like home at all.
It took Cassie (his girlfriend) all day before
she finally realized it was him and started
washing him! She hissed at him at first,
and I told her, Cassie that's your boyfriend!!!
hehehehe She figured it out!
I am SO thankful, thank GOD (literally) he's
home...what a major major relief! I want
to thank you so VERY VERY VERY much for coming
up here and completely "casing" this
neighborhood. You gave me a ton of HOPE that I
could find Arlo alive, by eliminating the fear
in my mind that he was dead in our woods
near the house. Coco and Rocky confirmed
that! I really appreciate your coming
up, and losing sleep, staying up all night
profiling the neighborhood, talking to my
neighbors, letting everyone know just HOW
important Arlo is to me. You are
wonderful, you gave me the assurance he was
still alive, and encouraged me to not give up.
I had gotten to the point of leaving him in the
Lord's hands. I'd been praying all along
and realized I had to give Arlo up to Him.
No sooner than I did that, then we got the call.
Thank you so much, Carl, for your hard work,
love and dedication for animals.
You truly are a lifesaver! God Bless you
and your family!
Crazy Catlady and loves every minute of it,