Sunday, March 02, 2014
While I was at yoga, 710 let him out to do #1 and / or #2, which he did. Then in a two minute time frame of not being supervised, broke through the Invisible Fence and disappeared.
710 realized early on that Mr. Pete had make a prison break.
Still, 50 ft to the right of us is a major road and past that a ravine - 75 feet straight down in some places.
Petey loves walks in the ravine, but 710 had no idea if he went right or left when he exited the yard. And even if he went into the ravine - if he went right or left there.
Poor 710 was calling me, but I didn't have my phone handy, as I was in class. He left me a text too, so as soon as class ended and I saw it, I beat it out of there - not even putting on my sweat shirt, pants or coat.
710 enlisted a few neighbors in the search. When I got home, after quickly putting on clothes, I sent an email to the entire 'hood asking for assistance. A few really sprang into action - which was nice.
While 710 was still in the ravine, I went walking through the 'hood and actually out of it, into another very busy intersection.
I was three streets over when 710 called to say Petey had been found. A neighbor had read my email and his sons, ages 3 and 6, said "we have to go look for Petey!"
That trio came across a jogger who found Petey in the ravine, seemingly coming back home.
We say 'seemingly' because there is no way of knowing. Petey is smart and knows where we live - kind of - but he's a hound and he travels by his nose, which is why he went through the fence in the first place. And his nose is bigger and stronger than his brain.
For those 90 minutes, I was a wreck.
Truth be told, it's 12 hours later almost and I'm still a wreck.
Petey was home for about 15-20 minutes before I made my way back. He came trotting over to see me, fairly excited...which is when I took that picture. No shame. No guilt. No sorrow. ...at least I don't think.
He was looking for some kind of attention, so maybe he was looking for forgiveness.
Since he got home, he hasn't left either 710's or my side. And he's just exhausted.
He might have had a big adventure, but I think maybe he may have been a little scared to be on his own like that. I know I was scared for him.
So now we have a keen eye on him anytime he has to go out, though right now, we actually have to wake him up to even think about going outside.
Song by: Suzanne Vega