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Long Valley 'Bandit' Found After 55 Days

Lost dog spent nearly two months away from new home, owners.

Bandits are often known for their mischief, causing havoc, then fleeing.

One Bandit from Long Valley did just that for nearly two months, but has since been captured.

This Bandit, however, has been welcomed home with open arms.

On July 28, a —who only had him in their possession for minutes.

The Pampanin family had just taken Bandit in after his owner died, and was roaming the backyard of his new home for just minutes. When Andy Pampanin turned away, just for a second, he says, the 10-pound animal took off.

Pampanin explained the full story in an email sent to family, friends and organizations that attempted helping to find the dog.

The family searched the neighborhood and surrounding woods that night, and when Bandit didn’t turn up, a full-fledged search-and-rescue mission was put in place.

The family contacted animal control, local police departments and neighbors on a daily basis, Pampenin said, and even went as far as to advertisements on radio stations and offered a $1,000 reward for Bandit’s rescue.

A trap was set up along with a motion-activated hunting camera that would take photos day and night. After one night, when the trap caught a nearby barn cat, the photos revealed Bandit was stalking the area, watching the cat for hours.

The Pampenin’s hope of finding Bandit was renewed, and they reset the trap and camera.

At 10 p.m. on Sept. 21, a neighbor called to say Bandit was trapped in the cage. The Pampenins have called it a miracle that Bandit returned 55 days after he fled the home.

The Sheltie lost three pounds during the ordeal and suffered from dehydration, but is on his way to recovery, Pampenin said.

The Pampenins now have a Bandit they’ll surely never let out of their sights again. 

Information provided by Andy Pampenin.

Tracy Tobin September 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Must be something about the name. We had a husky named Bandit who was an escape artist who led his golden retriever companion astray during many escapes. Tried just putting up ever higher fences around the dog yard, latches on gates, logs to discourage digging under fences, etc. I swear he had a smile on his face while he watched my latest futile efforts to keep him in the yard. Old age was the only thing that defeated him.
Rita Carraher September 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
So happy and relieved to hear. I used to pass the sign on Reservoir Road and it made me very sad. Nice to hear people cared enough to help the family.
Bummer September 27, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Had two huskies - not the name- it's the breed - love to run- and kill the neighbors chickens.
Jerry Gordon September 27, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Amazing that you got him back after so long, he must be a tough, smart, dog to survive for so long on his own.
Roger Keyser September 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I had the opportunity to meet Bandit just the other day when he was getting checked out by the vet. He is a wonderful little dog and I'm so glad he is back home again safe and sound with a family that loves him so much.
D September 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM
It seems as though Bandit needed a little time to mourn the loss of his owner and now he will be happy to spend the rest of his life with his new family. I am so happy to hear he is okay and with a loving family.
Michelle September 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Hooray! I was thinking that maybe Bandit was trying to get back to his old home. I'm so glad he's home!
Sheri Maselli September 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Sheri Maselli It's a MIRACLE! So glad the determination, courage and tender hearts were so rewarding...what great NEW beginning for all! You deserve on another!!
mary September 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Awesome! So happy he is home...
Liberty September 27, 2012 at 01:29 PM
What a treat to read GOOD news! You made such determined efforts to find him and were rewarded with success! I wondered also if he were looking for his owner/home as you said you only had him for minutes. Perhaps he thought he was just there for a visit and was ready to go home! It's very heartwarming when missing pets are found, good luck to you all!
private September 27, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I too saw his picture on the flyers. I am so glad he is home safe and sound!!
cv September 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
He is too cute. When I first moved here I lost my doxie. Thankfully a nice family kept her and called the dog catcher and we were reunited the same day. She is now a convicted felon and I have since fenced my yard.
Indoor Outdoor September 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Such a wonderful story with a happy ending!
Carole September 27, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Carole I am the sister to the Pampanin's, the owners of Bandit. I am sooooooo relieved, as I have had to endour 55 days of wooded searches, daily sigthtings, and the trauma described each and every time we thought he was close to being captured. They were relentless! Perhaps a new career emerges..."Sightings of lost creatures-we never quit."
Liberty September 27, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Carole, that is so great that you all endured so well. The sightings must have given you the fortitude to not give up on him, and it paid off!
Kathlyn Carter September 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Wonderful news! Perhaps the Patch would be willing to be another conduit to listing lost and found animals?
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
We had two shelties before Bandit and we feel your loss. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Andy
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Roger it was great meeting you as well! We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the ELEVENTH HOUR RESCUE'S PUPTOBERFEST! Regards, Dorene and Andy
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Thank you! We are enjoying him sooooooooooooo!
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
From you mouth to God's Ears! Thank you for your caring words! Andy
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Thank you Sheri for lending a helpful ear when I needed it most. You are the best! Andy
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM
AMEN!
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Thank you for your thoughts and care! Dorene and Andy
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM
A short leash! His day's of adventure are over! Thank you, Andy
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
May it be a day, a week or in our case 55 days; the pain one feels when losing a pet cannot be described in words. Thank God you are at one with Dixie and we with Bandit.
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
A miracle!
Andrew Pampanin September 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Carole thank you for being there for us! "you seem to always be there" and we want to take this opportunity to tell the world how much "we" are grateful! Love, Dorene and Andy
Marie Janssen September 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM
So so happy! What wonderful news:-)
Albert Quirky September 30, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Hello Andrew, We too have lost our Sheltie. Monty has been missing for more than a month. Could you send me details of Bandit's loss and capture. Any information might help us find Monty. Here is a link to his FB page, you can contact me through PM there. I would appreciate any help and information. Thanks! To everyone, if you could LIKE Monty's page it would help spread the word. Specially if you know people in Milpitas, CA or surrounding cities. Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Help-Find-Monty-The-Lost-Sheltie/532707873413003

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