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Search for Missing Greyhound, Ruby, Goes On

Volunteers who are looking for her are planning another sign/flyer blitz in the Hellertown area this Sunday. Anyone who wants to help should meet at Water Street Park at 10am.

Although an aerial search of the Saucon Valley last weekend did not produce any sightings of Ruby--a greyhound who's been missing in the area for more than two months--the determination of her family and volunteers to find her hasn't waivered.

According to the frequently updated Facebook page "Ruby the Lost Greyhound," the next tactic planned is a costly canine search to be led by a "Lost Pet Professional."

Donations to help fund that search are now being accepted by the nonprofit Brave Tide Foundation, which also helped Ruby's owners--the Hoffman family of Allentown--with the resources that were needed for the Jan. 19 aerial search.

According to its website, the Boyertown-based foundation "is a non-profit charitable organization committed to strategic humanitarian efforts including: rescue and relocation of animals that are abandoned, neglected, or otherwise in need; emergency preparedness and recovery; and financial aid to support educational programs for economically disadvantaged individuals."

Funds donated to the Brave Tide Foundation via its PayPal page and through the mail will go directly to funding a professional ground search team, according to the foundation's website.

Meanwhile, in advance of the ground canine search, local volunteers are planning another sign and flyer blitz this Sunday in the Hellertown area.

Anyone who wants to help with the blitz should meet at Water Street Parkat 10am.

The last confirmed sighting of Ruby was in Lower Saucon Township, near Lehigh University's Goodman Campus, in mid-December.

However, there have been reports of unconfirmed sightings near Hellertown in the intervening weeks, which is why another flyer blitz is needed in the area.

Ruby is white, 10 years old, and weighs about 50 pounds. She has a scar underneath one eye and a cropped tail (she is a former racing dog).

Anyone who spots her is asked not to chase her, as she is shy. Reports of sightings should be called in to 484-788-8580.

She has been missing since Nov. 13, and a reward is being offered for her return.

To help spread the word of Ruby's disappearance, local residents are being asked to like and share the Facebook page that has become a centralized online information hub for the search.

As of Friday, the number of likes the page has so far received had swelled to more than 1,000.

Colleen007 January 27, 2013 at 06:47 AM
I think it is admirable that the owners are so eager to get Ruby back. I am somewhat annoyed that I have to pay $50 to post a sign when I am having a yard sale and there are signs all over the town about Ruby. According to Section 102. Bond (Ordinance 469, June 7, 1976, Section 2) An extra bond of fifty dollars ($50.00) must be posted with the Borough if the seller wishes to post directional signs or advertising. The fifty dollars ($50.00) is a surety that the signs will be taken down by permit holders within forty-eight (48hrs) hours after the sale. Additionally no signs are ever to be posted on utilities poles, but there are signs all over my neighborhood about Ruby. Just saying....
Gerry Kranz January 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM
I agree Colleen. This is a silly, wanna-be feel-good story. People think that because their poor doggie is lost, it gives them the right to litter the town with flyers. And really, the dog is probably dead. If it wasn't hit by a car, it is surely dead from exposure. Sorry about your dog guys, but give it up already.
lori January 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM
You people have no heart!
Jen Weinstein January 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Dear Hellertown Patch Readers, Thank you!!! A heartfelt "thank you" for your continued support of Ruby's family and friends. I encourage you to check out the facebook page: "Ruby the lost Greyhound." This is more than a story about a very special dog that was rescued after being raced for a year and a half.... This is a story about your incredible community! I am so extremely blessed to be a part of this "story." As far as the flyers and signage... You have my commitment that the posters and flyers will be removed once Ruby is found. All of the flyers and posters do state that they will be removed after the search has been completed. Thanks in advance for your ongoing patience.
Megan January 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Obviously Gerry and Colleen don't have pets that they care about. So sad that all they can think about is $ and or posters that are "littering" their town. Shame on them both. I hope that Ruby is found!!!
Colleen007 January 28, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Contrary to what you might think, I have a heart. In addition to three cats I love to peices, many friends who are pet owner and rescuers, I donate to non-kill shelters regularly. As a child my dog left and never came back and probably died. Just like I think Ruby may have. Beside the annoying signs all over town that seem to be allowed because are ignorant to the laws, I am equally annoyed at the monetary resources that are being used to find this dog. I think all the money that is going into this, such as an aerial search and professional ground search team, could be better spend on other things for the animals in need in our area. Actually how about spending it on the children and families who are homeless, unable to pay for heat, etc. You really don't even want to get me started Lori...
Colleen007 January 28, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Megan, please see my comments above to Lori. Shame on you for judging Gerry and Me for stating the obvious. My first post was about disregard for town ordinances and misdirection of financial resources that could really be making a difference somewhere else.
Donna Lagomarsino January 28, 2013 at 01:10 AM
With all due respect Colleen and Gerry...have either of you ever owned a pet or do you own a pet? The human heart is capable of the most diverse emotions...one of them being love. I am sure that each of you in your life, has loved something with such ferosity that you were devistated when you lost it. In this case, the loss happens to be a family pet. You may not be able to comprehend the magnitude of that loss but there are many who can; it is heartbreaking. Try to remind yourselves of the devistation you might have felt at your particular loss and connect those feelings with what the family of this dog may be feeling. It is no less important than what you may have felt. Please find it within youselves to look past what you might view as a "silly wanna-be feel-good story" or the enforcement of a city ordinance to recognize the sorrow that this family is feeling. It is still very possible that Ruby is out there in the care of someone who came across her and is totally unfamiliar with this story. Right now, what this family needs, is for community members like yourselves to keep their eyes open when out and about. Is that too much to ask? Thank you, Donna Lagomarsino Riegelsville, PA
Kris Carvalho January 28, 2013 at 01:11 AM
wow Gerry, how rude! most of us have never met this dog or family, but have spent countless hours & gas money looking for her. That is our choice to help one another. If you dont want to help, thats fine, but theres almost 1100 people on her facebook page who are willing to help, and would be willing to help YOU if your pet got lost. The world is a much nicer place when we help thy neighbor, dont 'ya think? *completely agree Megan*
Jen Weinstein January 28, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I have some additional thoughts... The Brave Tide Foundation has a facebook page.... I encourage Readers to check their mission statement about disaster relief for humans and animals. I am not judging anyone... All I ask is that we all take some time to reflect on what is positive in the world - there is so much sadness... This "story" has brought hope and renewed faith to many...
Jen Weinstein January 28, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Did you know that Ruby's fans are trying to help a family that lost everything in a house fire?
Jen Weinstein January 28, 2013 at 01:30 AM
No more comments from me... Please check out the pages I mentioned... Thank you!
Kris Carvalho January 28, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Just wanted to add, permission was asked of the borough before the first sign went up. There was no disregard there. I will happily be among the group to come back & remove the flyers when the time comes. Many of us are volunteers with shelters & rescues in the lehigh valley and that is why we are helping this family who is so dedicated in finding their family member. Thats just what we do. And I know they will "pay it forward." How sad for the helpers who spent their day doing what they feel is a good deed, to come home & read those negative comments. And I really hope the devastated family doesn't read the ones about their dog being dead. We all know thats possible, but what about keeping the faith? we're not giving up that easy!
Denise mark January 28, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Faith is not seeing, but believing.... So sorry that gerry has so little. And I will also gladly help take the flyers down, upon Ruby's return. I have met very caring and sweet people in all of this.
Denise mark January 28, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Go Team Ruby!!!!
Jen Weinstein January 28, 2013 at 01:46 PM
From the Hoffman Family: Thank you to the Hellertown Community! Your kindness is greatly appreciated!
Ramona Ruhf January 28, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Colleen, who are you to tell people how their money ought to be spent? There are already enough agencies out there helping children and families that are poor or homeless and not nearly enough for animals. You say you have a heart, but it doesn't sound like you have a heart for animals or the people who love them. This is America and people can chose to spend their money any way they see fit. And you think the signs are annoying? Really? Are you annoyed about all the animal abuse out there? Are you annoyed about all the posted signs for missing children? And do you really think $50 is better spent on a ridiculous paper permit rather than on a flesh and blood soul? Really? I hope I don't know you, because you sure don't sound like someone I would want in my circle of friends.
Ramona Ruhf January 28, 2013 at 04:24 PM
How can anyone NOT judge you for your pitiful and hurtful comments? How can anyone NOT judge you when you tell them their own money would be better spent on something else. Of course we judge you just like you judge us! You and Gerry are both sad and pathetic people and must have a very depressing life to be so hurtful to so many people who have spent countless hours toward this search. Who do YOU think YOU are to tell people how to spend their own time and their own money? If you don't like it, then don't help, don't read about it, basically just mind your own business. "Megan, please see my comments above to Lori. Shame on you for judging Gerry and Me for stating the obvious. My first post was about disregard for town ordinances and misdirection of financial resources that could really be making a difference somewhere else."
Lori McKeown January 28, 2013 at 07:20 PM
completely agreewith Kris ! how can ANYONE compare paying to hang up a sign for a profit sale, to trying to find a lost loved one ?? this is NO DIFFERENT than if your grandmother with alzheimers walked away and you were trying to get help to find her ! A LOVED ONE IS LOST, people like those bitching on this thread are WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD !! Seriously , who gives a damn about posters? REALLY? POSTERS BOTHER YOU THIS MUCH THAT YOU DONT GIVE A DAMN IF THEIR LOST DOG IS FOUND AND YOU CALL YOURSELVES ANIMAL LOVERS? you call yourself COMPASSIONATE? you need to take another look, you come across as COLD and EVIL!! it is so painful and hurtful to read the awful things people have written on this wall !! I hope you NEVER need your community to come otgether and help you with ANYTHING !! p.s. there have been SO MANY stories of HAPPY OUTCOMES of pets and their humans being reunited. There really is no need to be so incredibly mean and nasty. things that RUIN community, MEAN PEOPLE
Lori McKeown January 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
p.s. on a BRIGHTER note, I have learned thru the outpouring of help and sharing that we are not in as bad of shape as I once thought, there are SO MANY good, caring , giving people around, that is AWESOME :)
Jen Weinstein January 28, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Just realized I already had a connection to Ruby's family.... This has been an amazing journey... Thank you... What an incredible outpouring of unyielding support from so many small businesses in the Hellertown/Lehigh Valley area. The power of networking for good is working! Please keep sharing Ruby's page!
Ron Hoffman January 28, 2013 at 09:32 PM
colleen, plenty of my tax dollars go to help your precious homeless people. If i want to spend my hard earned money and time to help search for a lost dog, i will.
Megan January 29, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Let's agree to disagree on this one Colleen. I donate to lots of causes and you say you do as well. I'll pick mine and you pick yours. Best wishes and I hope that none of your "cats that you love to pieces" ever go missing, and if they do, I guess it doesn't matter since you won't search for them. I don't understand how you could care so much about your own pets as you say you are and be heartless to what someone else is going through with their pet. Maybe it is different for cat people, but the dog lovers, ESPECIALLY those who have rescued will go to the ends of the Earth for their animals. Also as Ron said, the working class people give plenty of money to the homeless and people without jobs, it's called WELFARE.
Megan January 29, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Best of luck today in the search today Jen. Just remember, MOST of Hellertown is behind you guys all the way! I share Ruby's story daily my page. Hoping and praying for the best!
Lori McKeown January 29, 2013 at 03:54 PM
What the heck do you mean 'wanna be feel good'? If this isnt a feel good story of people coming together to help one another, then, I Guess they don't exist! Your comment is heartless and just plain old mean !!!!

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