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Venice man offers $2,000 reward to find his missing service dog

A Venice resident is offering a large reward in the search for his missing service dog Kramer who was taken from his apartment, saying several factors point to foul play.

Have you seen Kramer?

Resident Nik Glaser said his 6-year-old Goldendoodle went missing on Thursday, Dec. 17.

“I was with my family for the holidays and had arranged for a friend to watch Kramer,” he said. “The friend later returned Kramer to my home, which is where he was last reportedly seen.”

Two separate witnesses reported seeing Kramer with a Caucasian woman in her early 20s with long, dark hair on Dec. 22 near the French Market Cafe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

“One witness said the dog appeared uncomfortable as if it did not belong to the woman he was with, and that the woman gave different answers when asked what the dog’s name was multiple times,” Glaser said. “The woman was also reported to have been standing in place for several hours, and the time coincides with the ad the witness saw selling a dog matching Kramer’s description on Craigslist (the ad has since been taken down, and Craigslist has not responded to his pleas for information on the poster).

Another eyewitness reported spotting a dog that matched Kramer’s description in Santa Monica on Monday, Dec. 29.

Glaser said he is offering a $2,000 reward for the dog’s return, no questions asked.

He said Kramer is extremely friendly, answers to his name, weighs 50 pounds, is cream/apricot-colored, has long hair (which could be short now), and is microchipped.

Anyone with information can share ANONYMOUS tips to help bring Kramer home by texting the LAPD Pacific Division at CRIMES (274637) and beginning your message with the letters LAPD, or call the 24-hour tip line 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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All Ends Well In Four-Week Search For Missing Dog

It’s a common sight along Ocean Front Walk: homemade signs plastered on the trunks of palm trees, gaffer taped to light poles. Every sign tells a sad tale of a missing pet. There’s been dogs, cats, and birds. Four years ago a local posted a $5,000 reward for his missing turtle.

Recently the common black and white posters have made way to bright neon signs and armies of volunteers who pound the streets, canvassing locals and local businesses, handing out flyers, and rallying the troops to help find a missing pooch.

Lucy, the missing blue pit-bull, made the news after weeks of campaigning saw her return safely to her distraught parents. More recently Buster Brown, a 20-pound labrador chihuahua cross, was returned to his mom, Marina Peninsula resident Kristy Turner; he was hungry but safe.

Buster had only been living with Turner for a month. A rescue dog, he came from a hoarder and had had no socialization with other dogs or humans, “he was very nervous around people and loud noises,” says Turner.

It was while walking one evening that Buster got away. A trainer had recommended a different collar for Buster. When Turner was trying it out he became spooked and slipped out of the collar at Mast Street and Pacific Avenue. Because he was such a nervous dog Buster, for four weeks, remained at large, with the occasional sighting here around the Peninsula and near Grand Canal.

All the while Turner never gave up hope that Buster would return saying, “when I adopted him I made a promise I’d provide for him and care for him. I knew if I stopped searching I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself. Because of his background I felt terrible that he was missing and having to fend for himself.”

Turner enlisted help from professional pet finder Sarah Sypniewski of Ninja Dog Concepts, along with several locals who all volunteered their spare time to hunt for the missing Buster.

“It takes dedication but also, it takes a group of people,” says Turner.

This is something Finn Egan and Antje Hinz could attest to. The parents to missing dog Lucy took time off work and welcomed an army of volunteers who offered to help search for the missing pit bull.

“If it wasn’t such a sad experience for us it actually would be beautiful just because of the amount of support we’ve received. From friends, friends of friends, and strangers,” Hinz said at the time of the search.

Turner says she would not have found Buster if not for so many people getting involved in the search. Sypniewski was integral to the success of Buster’s homecoming.

“I was so overwhelmed and when I met Sarah she said, ‘we’re going to get Buster back. We’re going to get him back but we’re going to have to work for it,’” and they did, for four weeks straight.

Sypniewski is a Los Angeles-based lost pet logistics and search specialist. Her business, Ninja Dog Concepts, is all about returning lost pets to frantic owners. Since 2011 she has helped find more than 100 dogs directly and countless others remotely.

An animal rescuer, with five dogs of her own, Sypniewski holds a B.A. in psychology, has marketing experience, and seven years of logistical and operations experience. All skills that she uses to help track down lost pets.

“In each missing pet’s photo, I see my own dogs’ eyes, and I work around the clock to find them as if they were my own,” she says.

Turner says Sypniewski, amongst other things, helped guide her in making signs that stand out, advised her to go around to local businesses, and helped her put out a pet amber alert on, through which 500 neighbors were alerted of Buster’s missing status.

Another of Sypniewski’s tips was to hand out flyers to people around the neighborhood. It was one of these flyers that ultimately saved Buster when a local woman Taylor Alexis discovered a sacred and emaciated Buster in the rocks of the north channel jetty at the south end of the Marina Peninsula.

Alexis reported Buster to a nearby lifeguard who recognized him from a flyer and called Turner. While waiting for Turner to arrive the timid Buster disappeared from those watching him, crawling into the rocks.

“No one could see him from the beach side but a kayaker paddling by spotted him from the water and waited, watching him until I arrived,” says Turner.

The kayaker left before Turner was able to say thank you.

“She was key in Buster’s recovery, and we’d like to thank her.”

Turner hopes the kayaker might read this and come forward.

As traumatic as the month of searching was for Turner she believes, “it happened for a reason. Since Buster’s been home he has a whole new confidence and strength he didn’t have before. Plus it warmed our hearts to see how many good people are out there.”

Turner says finding Buster has been proof that hard work and persistence pays off, saying it is “such a good reminder that you can do it, you can achieve it.”

Video: Venice Goes to the Dogs


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Ewok, or is that an Ewoof?

Venice Beach was barking mad on Sunday for the 15th annual Dog-O-Ween. While some came to show off their tricks, others came for the treats.

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The “Cereal Killer” one of the many creative costumes at this year’s Dog-O-Ween

Overall the dogs of Dogtown put on a great show making the judges decision to find winners very difficult, “Too many dogs too little prizes. There was a lot of really good dogs out there,” said Michael Maker, one of four Dog-O-Ween judges.

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Buster the Dog is missing

A somber moment of the evening was a walk down the red carpet to raise awareness for Buster, the missing  black Labrador Chihuahua mix. Find out more about Buster here on Facebook.





Check out some of the awesome costumes here…

Lucy Dog Has Been Found!

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Volunteers last week helping in the search for Lucy the dog.


Lucy the missing Pit Bull has been found, in what has turned out to be an inspirational tale about the importance of never giving up.

At 7:47pm last night Lucy’s Dad, Finn Egan sent a group text to those who had been helping in the search to find Lucy saying, “LUCY HAS BEEN FOUND! We are in the ER now where she will get some fluids, food, and X-Rays. We will update you all very soon! Love to you guys!!”

Lucy had been missing for 3 weeks after she ran away from her pet-sitters residence at Grant Ave and South Lincoln Blvd in Venice, CA.  on September 7th.

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Finn and Egan with volunteers who never gave up in their search to find Lucy.

Lucy’s parents, Finn Egan and Antje Hinz where away on holidays. Immediately cutting their trip short, Dr Hinz – the Medical Director at Westside Pet Clinc and her partner Egan jumped on the next plane back to Los Angeles and the nearly month long search for their cherished pet began.

Yo! Venice will run an update on Lucy’s condition as soon as we hear more.

Read all about the search for Lucy here.

Perez Hilton & Maria Menounos Help in the Search for Missing Dog Lucy

The search for missing blue pit-bull Lucy continues. It’s been almost 3 weeks since Lucy ran away from her pet-sitter but Lucy’s parents Finn Egan and Antje Hinz show no signs of giving up the search for their beloved fur baby.

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Volunteer continue to search for Lucy

In fact not one of the many volunteers who have pitched in to help bring Lucy home are close to giving up. If anything, the hunt for Lucy is only building more steam.

Perez Hilton reported the E! News reporter Maria Menounos has put her star-power into the search, literally. Menouos joining the search party in Venice Beach.

Lucy’s veterinarian Mum Hinz is the Medical Director at Westside Pet Clinic, Menouos is client.

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Lucy the missing blue pit-bull

Lucy ran away from her pet sitter 2 weeks ago while Egan and Hinz where away on holidays. Immediately cutting their trip short, Dr Hinz – and her partner Egan jumped on the next plane back to Los Angeles.

“If it wasn’t such a sad experience for us it actually would be beautiful just because of the amount of support we’ve received. From friends, friends of friends, and strangers” says Hinz, a breast cancer survivor who credits her dog Lucy for helping her recover from her illness. All the more reason Hinz and Egan are so desperate to have Lucy come home.

Read the Perez Hilton story here.

Read previous Yo! Venice stories about the search here and here.

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