Video: The Search for Vivi Continues
updated 2/22/2006 12:47:31 PM ET 2006-02-22T17:47:31

The good news, they think they may have found Vivi‘s droppings.  The bad news they still can‘t find Vivi herself.  The search for one of the stars of last week‘s Westminster‘s Kennel Club Dog Show has now taken an extraordinary and an extrasensory turn.

The three-year-old show dog who won an award of merit at the Westminster Dog Show in New York, hightailed it out of her cage at Kennedy Airport last week, slipping through the fencing to the surrounding marshland and setting off an airport-wide search

From canines to clairvoyants, everyone‘s looking for Vivi.  Especially her owners.  And hopefully she has ESP because after six days, two trained search dogs, a $5,000 reward and more than 100 man hours, now pet psychics are on the case.  At least four animal communicators say they‘re talking telepathically to the missing 30 pound whippet with her. 

The psychics say she Vivi is warm, hiding under folded boxes near lots of yellow equipment.  And they could be right.  Dog droppings like Vivi‘s have been found behind a cargo building near Kennedy Airport where she was last seen. 

Keith Olbermann was joined by one of the animal communicators searching for Vivi, Beatrice Lydecker. 

KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST 'COUNTDOWN':  Vivi‘s owners contacted you for help.  You first started getting a sense of her whereabouts last Friday.  What did you see, what did you feel at that point? 

BEATRICE LYDECKER, ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR:  Well, the first I saw her passing was a huge yellow—some type of equipment, might be like a snowplow or something, in an open area and I felt her get warm and I asked her where she was and I said I‘m inside this building and it‘s heated in here and I gave a description of it, and she was hiding between two black barrels.  And then she was inside over the weekend and then she said, “They opened the doors and I bolted out.”  So, now she‘s running around in a big open field and I‘m flying in there tonight to see if I can track her. 

OLBERMANN:  And that‘s the last it, the big open field, and that‘s the last sensation you‘ve had? 

LYDECKER:  Yeah, she‘s not doing very well today.  She‘s very, very cold.  I know they got a sweater on her, but her feet are awfully cold and her legs are cold.  Those dogs don‘t have much, you know, heat—padding there. 

OLBERMANN:  For people who don‘t share your sensitivities, how does this process work?  Do you need to work off a photograph?  Does it just happen randomly?  Can you summon it? 

LYDECKER:  No, I don‘t want photographs because what I pick up from the photograph is what the animal felt at the time the picture was taken, so it throws me off.  I just need to know the animal‘s name and where it was last seen.  And then I see it from their point—now, like the barrels, the black barrels, I saw, looked huge.  But you know, remember, I‘m looking from one foot of the ground up at the barrels, so they would look a lot bigger to a whippet than they would to a samoa or a horse or a person. 

OLBERMANN:  And you have no way of sending the message back to direct her towards people or to encourage her to respond to anybody who might be in the area, do you? 

LYDECKER:  When I asked her why she was, you know, not going to anybody, she said “I‘m so scared, I don‘t know anybody.  I‘m cold and confused.”  She‘s very confused at this point. 

OLBERMANN:  So, where does it go from here?  You said you‘re going in to try to deal with this on the ground? 

LYDECKER:  Yeah, I‘m flying in tonight and lot of times I can feel where the animal—I‘ve track some people, too.  And I can feel where the animal or the person is.  It‘s easier sometimes to find people, because at least the people can show me signs and I can read numbers and things and license plates and stuff off of the people‘s eyes, but I can‘t do that with the dog, all I can describe is what I see.  So, I can often go to an area and I can feel the direction and I will just keep moving in that direction until I find them.  I‘ve had quite a bit of success with it and I‘m just hoping that tomorrow‘s going to be another one of those. 

OLBERMANN:  Any sense from Vivi about how long she can hold out if she‘s outdoors, in—although it‘s warmer than it was over the weekend, it‘s still pretty cold in metropolitan New York area right now. 

LYDECKER:  Yeah, I‘m just hoping that she will find some kind of shelter, because she said she couldn‘t find any shelter.  There was nothing to hide under to get out from under the element, and she felt kind of wet tonight for some reason.  She‘s feeling really wet. 

OLBERMANN:  Animal communicator Beatrice Lydecker, assisting in the search for Vivi, and now going in person to try to help out outside of JFK Airport.  Good luck with that and thanks for your time tonight.

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