WARREN, NJ - After 14 days missing, Claire has been found safe and has been reunited with her family in time for Thanksgiving.  She was found by Buddha Dog Rescue. 

Claire’s family says:

Thank you for all of your support. She will be celebrating the holidays with her family.

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The Reardon Family took Claire Bear, a new rescue dog from Arkansas, (3 year old Bernese Mountain Doodle) , out for a walk on Nov. 10 at approximately 9pm.  Poor Claire got spooked and found her way out of her collar.

Claire ran and like that she was gone.  My wife Wendy and I were out looking the following three days on our own, maybe two hours of sleep between us; calling shelters, local and State Police (who were incredibly compassionate and sympathetic to our situation), posting on community chat rooms, etc.  Then Wendy contacted Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery.  I am so thankful she did.

Nicole Asher, founder of Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery, is one of the most selfless people I have ever met.  Nicole listened to us and within minutes developed a strategy to track and capture our Claire.  We had posters (that she created and sent to our closest Staples for pickup), food recommendations for food traps, etc.  We had reports that Claire was in Warren, Watchung, Basking Ridge, and even on the median of Route 78 so to be honest, I was not optimistic.

Nicole stressed to us to trust the process.  That she always catches her dogs.  It may take some time, but she will capture them safely.  Nicole predicted we would have her home by Thanksgiving.  

We remained patient and set up food stations and traps throughout Warren the next 11 days.  

I am happy to report, we trusted Nicole’s process and almost exactly two weeks to the hour we safely trapped Claire in Warren, NJ.  Approximately 8 miles from our house.  

The Reardon Family would like to thank the NJ State Police and Warren Police Department.  We thank you for your service every day and appreciate your support through this hard time.

Special thank you to all the families in Warren; specifically the families on Crown, Loren Way and Crest Drive. Without you giving us tips on her whereabouts we never would have found her.

We of course want to thank Nicole Asher and her fiancé Dan for being truly selfless people.  Never asking for anything in return.  Making countless trips across New Jersey to set traps, hang posters, etc. Let me say this again, Nicole provides this service free of charge to the families in need.  She never asked us for anything; Nicole and Dan are heroes.

The Reardon and Woolley Families thank you so much for what you do every day.  For everyone reading this, Claire was the third dog that Nicole saved just this weekend.  If possible, please do three things for on our behalf:

Please forward this along to everyone you can.  There are other families out there that are feeling truly helpless this holiday season that need Nicole and Dan’s help in getting their family member back. 


1. Go up to a NJ State Trooper and/or a local Police Officer and thank them and their families for their service.

2. Donate to Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery.  www.buddhadogrescueandrecovery.com

3. Please forward this story along; we need to help other families that have lost their dogs and are feeling alone and helpless, especially during the holiday season.

Happy Holidays and thank you,

The Reardon Family