5 seconds, 10 seconds maybe, they were gone.
I had taken Bella and Pete out to our field for an early morning walk. It was a beautiful morning, sun shining, no dew on the grass, probably going to be a pretty warm day. It's the same walk we’ve taken hundreds of times. I stopped by Sammy’s grave and said hello. I miss that boy! Checked out the berry vines and walnut trees. Thought about the day ahead, a full day of checking things off the list. Better get busy!
Bella! Pete! Bella! Pete! I yelled and whistled, but they did not come. Anxious minutes turned into hours. We searched and searched. No dogs. In a rural setting, there are a lot of places to hide. We drove around scanning the farm fields and countryside, but found no trace of them.
I stopped by a couple of farmhouses and showed them pictures and left my name and number. If you see these dogs, please call. :(
I thought about the busy road at the end of our drive. 50 mph speed limit is posted. Traffic usually moves much quicker than that. I can see two dead raccoons in the road, killed while crossing last night. I felt sick.
Our neighbor Debbie, put their pictures up on Facebook
and sent out the alarm. 6 hours had passed. They could be miles away by now!
My phone rings.
“Sue? This is Joe, you stopped by our place earlier and we’ve just seen your dogs. They are working their way back into the woods at the edge of our field, headed your way.”
Quick, into the car! Debbie following in her vehicle, we take off like mad people to see if we can spot the runaways. Just a few minutes away, we find them! Muddy, scared and tired, they crawl into the car and we head home.
Pete knows not to make eye contact. He's been in trouble before.
I find no injuries, no trauma, but they are exhausted. The heat of the day has taken its toll on them, they drink and sleep the rest of the afternoon. I feel like sleeping too. What a gut wrenching way to spend the day! Relief and anger are the emotions I’m wrestling with, along with gratitude. We likely would not have had such a good outcome without help from our friends. Thank you everyone!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we would be nowhere without the help and support of our communities! Friends, neighbors, family…whoever you’ve got in the trenches with you, count your blessings!! Just like these dogs, I'd be lost without them!
Now, where did I put that list?
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