I have been reaching out further last weekend in my area looking for Scooter.
I decided after talking to our town's vet that I should go to the neighboring county Sheriff and ask if a dog-napping ring is in their area. There is a mega sized flea market in Washington county and they have anything and everything there. The vet (Dr.Taylor) told me a few years ago there was a ring of people snatching purebred dogs and flipping them at the flea market. I talked to the Sheriff's office and they said there hasn't been activity in years; so I went to the flea market and after meeting a couple of vendors I hired a couple of their teenage kids to do some undercover work for me and nobody had brought any adult GSD's to market yesterday.
So I have eyes and ears at the mega-flea market.
So, while driving back home I got a call on my cell phone. It was a hunter calling me about Scooter. He has several game cameras set up in the area and he has captured Scooter's picture on his camera about 5 days ago; Scooter is running around with a pack of dogs, at least two are female Aha!
I was relieved that someone has called me. I drove all afternoon in the area about 3 miles further from the house and I talked to lots of people and they would also keep a lookout for Scooter.
Then another hit, I ran across a retired Navy SEAL that has a large farm and he said he SAW Scooter 3 days ago. His wife is a huge animal lover; they have cattle and goats on the farm including their 5 dogs. She said she didn't need a reward and was going to start looking for Scooter; Wow! I was really humbled after meeting these folks. The man is disabled and we talked a little bit about the campaigns he was involved with. I'm retired military as well and was wearing camouflage pants I used in Afghanistan and we had a nice conversation and now we have a bond--that helps a lot!!
Maxwell is doing great; I have loosened his collar because he has picked up some weight, but he stopped eating and is getting very picky what he eats.
My wife took Scooter's disappearance hard, but is doing better after meeting her adopted boy Maxwell; she made him a scrambled egg and half a pancake for his breakfast and he really liked that.
I'm having my vet doctor in North Carolina run a full blood panel on Maxwell to see if there is anything going on with him.
He is such a good boy and is bonding well with us.
I'll update everyone with news later...