Not a great start to the day…
I let the dog out for his morning potty break and he took off. He has NEVER done that before. By the time I got my boots on (curse you, Winter!) he was gone. Primo and I scoured the neighbors’ yards, calling and whistling. Then I jumped in the car and drove through the neighborhood. I stopped several neighbors and even the trash collector dudes a few blocks away (should I be concerned that the garbage truck driver knew EXACTLY which house is mine???). Still no dog. It was getting close to the time the kids needed to leave for school, so I had to head home. I was so dreading telling them I couldn’t find the dog.
And guess who was there to greet me?
I’m sure you can imagine how relieved I was to see the big old smelly beast. Primo was still teary-eyed at the prospect of nearly losing his best friend. That was hard. Apparently the dog was just strolling past the house from the opposite direction I drove when Primo saw him and called him in.
Can you see in the picture that he’s not wearing a collar? Do you wonder why? Because he’s a DOG and he had rolled in his own poop over the weekend and I hadn’t steeled myself up to clean the collar yet. But now, of course, the collar is soaking and will soon be back on the beast’s neck. You see, I am a good animal owner – he is up to date on his shots, he has a tag identifying his owners, he is registered with the county, he is micro-chipped and still has the tag of the animal rescue group he came from. That said, it doesn’t do any good if he’s not wearing the collar and tags, right? Right.
To celebrate the dog’s return, and my (42nd) birthday, ahem, I think I’ll do a giveaway. It wasn’t planned and perhaps no one will even stop by and enter (oh please, please don’t let that happen) but if you do, please leave me a comment and let me know if your pet has ever escaped and how you got it back. Even if you don’t have a pet or s/he has never escaped, leave a comment. Maybe you’ll even come back sometime when I’m not doing a giveaway…? I’d love to have you.
For the giveaway, I present two fat quarters from Flea Market Fancy. One has been washed (the pink-ish one, because I do wash my fabric before I sew and I was/am planning on using it myself.) The other pretty yellow one is fresh from the bolt. I don’t even think it has dog hair on it yet. I’m not even kidding. Do you live with a dog? You know what I mean. Winner will be picked on Saturday. Please make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you.
PS. The trash guys were relieved too that the dog was safe.