Sunday, August 17, 2008

Disappearing doggie

Cliff, his sister, and I, along with the dogs, Sadie and Angel, go for a walk every morning.  Both Cliff and Rena work until midnight, but they're up by 7:30; they linger over their coffee and chat, and by 8:30, we're usually heading toward the woods.

Longtime readers may remember how I used to mention Sadie disappearing in the woods when Cliff and I walked.  Sadie has gotten much better about that now, but I still remember how distraught I was when she'd run away and be gone for the better part of an hour.  I was afraid she'd get run over, like Mandy.

Rena's dog, Angel, weighs seven pounds, and her legs are about one inch long, but she not only keeps up with us (and Sadie), but she goes on side trips into the woods from time to time.  She never comes when Rena calls her, because she's as spoiled as she is cute.   She pretty much does as she pleases.

Yesterday we saw her run into the brush on a downhill slope and kept walking.  Cliff was sure that, once Angel saw we were out of sight, she'd catch up.

That wasn't the case, and Rena finally went back to the spot where we'd last seen her, calling and calling.

No response.

I began to hear panic in Rena's voice; and to be honest, I started feeling a bit worried myself.  Cliff and I headed back to the house, still hearing Rena's plaintive "Angel, COME!  Angel, COME!"

After perhaps twenty minutes, Rena came back and got on the four-wheeler and rode it back to the pasture, because Angel loves to ride and will come running when that engine starts up.

After another twenty minutes or so, Cliff and I decided to go back and help search for the runaway.  We were concerned, because honestly I don't know how Rena would handle it right now if something happened to her dog.  And the little doxie is so small, who knows what creature might consider her to be their lunch.

We could hear the four-wheeler in the distance, and Rena desperately calling.  As we neared the wooded areas, I heard a familiar "Yap, yap, yap," in the distance.  Rena, of course, wouldn't hear it because of the four-wheeler running.

"Cliff," I exclaimed, "I hear Angel barking!"

Cliff heard nothing; after all, he's terribly hard of hearing.

"I know that's her," I  told him. "I'd know that yapping anywhere."

We went to the location where we'd last seen Angel, flagging down Rena as she went by on the four-wheeler to let her know Angel was alive and barking.

We all stood at the edge of the woods calling, and occasionally Angel would bark an answer; she didn't sound all that far away.  Her barks began to have a bit of whine in them, and we agreed she must have gotten down in one of our deep ravines and was unable to find her way out.

Our wooded areas are full of stinging nettle (itch weed) in the summer, and all of us had shorts on.  So I decided to stay and keep talking to Angel while the two of them hopped on the four-wheeler and went back to the house to get long pants on.

Angel would bark, I'd talk to her.  She'd whine, I'd encourage her.

Finally I saw that little black "hot dog" body coming up the bank, back and forth through the itch weed.  She was panting like crazy, and so glad to see me.

I saw Cliff and Rena coming back; once they were in sight I put Angel down and she went running to the four-wheeler.  A very teary-eyed Rena hugged her dog so hard, it's a wonder she could breath.

And we all lived happily ever after.

The end.


madcobug said...

Poor Angel. That may teach her to stay close to her mama. I am glad that she was found safe. Helen

lahdee said...

Oh how scary.  I'm glad she was found.  :D  She wasn't injured or anything was she?  

mutualaide said...

Oh, the wonder of pets and the angst they provide us on occasion.  So glad this story has a happy ending.  

gen0507 said...

I would make that young lady walk on a leash.  I would have been scared too death!  Reckon why she wouldn't come....reckon she got lost & followed your voice back?  I'm glad that everything worked out....


dbaumgartner said...

Oh my goodness, that's got to be awful for the little wiener dog.  Poor thing.  So glad everyone is OK and the little hot dog is back safe.  


ickivic said...

I'm so glad that there was a happy ending.  Poor Rena, so much stress for her right now.  She is so fortunate to have Cliff and you there for her.  Vicki

suzypwr said...

Poor little weinie needs a leash until she is better trained! She must have been terrified!

lanurseprn said...

How awful for Rena!! I'm so glad it ended up happy! Rena is so blessed to have you and Cliff.

sugarsweet056 said...

She's much too small & untrained to be let loose. Encorage Rena to ALWAYS have her on a leash, even a l o n g one, when she's outseide. She's lucky an animal didn't get her before you all did. Too dangerous.
Happy all turned out well.

siennastarr said...

Thank God that was a happily ever after.  I was afraid it wasn't going to be! :(  
I'm so glad you found her!!


msecz said...

ohhh Im so happy it turned out good..... wonder where she was?  and did she get any itch weed on her? poor thing

domsmom27 said...

Don't scare me like that~!                Marlene

magran42 said...

I love a happy ending!

rollinghillsides said...

Well, that story sure got me all excited; it was hard to wait for the happy ending!!  Thank goodness!!  

purplehazebarn said...

I met stinging nettle in Ireland.  Didn't know we had them here in the USA.  I slipped and fell into them, so wouldn't want to meet them again.  If you can remember not to scratch in the first 10 or 15 minutes, you are OK--but that is hard to do!............LaVern

bookncoffee said...

Oh so glad you found Angel.  I'd have been having a cow myself if that had been my Tugie.  

ksquester said...

Oh boy, I am so glad this had a great ending.  I can't stand it when animals are hurt or missing. I know it made you happy too.   Good goin' Mo!   Anne

ryanagi said...

Whew! I know that feeling of panic when a pet goes missing. Glad everything turned out ok!

countrylady4071 said...

I'm so glad Angel was found and is OK.  I would have a fit if Cookie was missing.  She's my 4 year old chihuahua.  She is soooooooo spoiled, and I wouldn't have it any other way...LOL.  Have a great evening.  How is that back deck coming along??

helmswondermom said...

Great story!  I'm glad she was okay and hope she won't give you guys that kind of scare again.

fowfies said...

I am very relieved to hear she found her dog. That would have scared me to death. Might be better to have her on a retractable leash from now on. I know it would ease my mind for sure. :) Kelly