Lunchtime, yesterday; It must have only been 5 minutes from when we were laughing and joking with my dog buddie who was trying to eat the patio door to when he we discovered he was gone / disappeared into thin air from right under our noses. It was like 'thats not possible, he was "RIGHT THERE"!?! Which I will add is a new trick for him!!
Hmmm.... The question of how he escaped entered our minds, either he snuck past my family as they were leaving for my moms, or he got under the gate! Most importantly we went into search mode. You know me, I won't do things by halves. Withing 30 minutes Posters were up in every shop in my villiage. The boys searched and called him all day. They retired for the night at around 10pm, fair play they were soaking wet with the rain. I prayed for it to rain some more because Buddie hated the rain; I figured he would definatey head back home if it rained harder. But nothing. I posted my flyers all over my kids Facebook pages, each of them have over 150 friends they socialise with that lived locally. ( I think he's going or IS now the most famous dog in the ferry lol.)
I went to bed early, I was sickened, in dis-belief. I remember telling myself to remain hopeful. Buddie is micro-chipped, the tracing companys have been made aware that he's missing. There was nothing much left to do but hope, pray and listen for his barks or whines.
The night was long and weird; My mind started playing tricks on me and I started 'hearing' noises, I started hearing buddie!?! I was so un-settled, I was up and down to the bedroom window all night, whistleing and calling - EVERYONE WAS A THIEF SUSPECT! Spiting blood was an under-statment!
Don't want to sound too much like a big baby or nothing but I cried for hours this morning. It was awful. I sat printing out more flyers to post in the vets, pet-shops, stores, the Police Stations, homes. 'Had e.mails all ready for the radio stations and news papers, in short - I wasn't going to stop until I found him.
Drivng back home after hours of canvassing, I felt like if nothing becomes of my efforts now, theres was nothing more I could do. I had done everything. My FILS last words rang through my mind. 'He's a show dog' those baskets over there have him(pointing to the gypo's). Thinking of show's my next move would be notify dog shows, or anything in relation to dogs. Everything had to be covered or else I would never be satisfied. I think I would have failed buddie if I didn't try, it's not like it would have cost alot to make a phonecall.
My worst fears were that someone took him home and woke up this morning to find that he had eaten everything in site and got a beating for it. Neverthless, I found another reason to bawl my eyes out.
We pulled up to our house, tired and anxiuos. Emily greeted us at the door; she blurted out *Buddies Back* I was like *WHaaa* oh yeah em Sick Joke! I said as I walked past her. The kids brought buddie too me, I thought I was draming, I honestly couldn't believe it - he's freakig home! I think I squished-hugged him so much I could have killed him lol. I checked him all over to make sure buddie 'was' buddie -poor dog lol.
I asked my oldest son, how did you find him??? Wheres his collar??? He said some bloke brought him home after seeing all the flyers in the shops - (There wasn't a shop door that didn't have his flyer on - *I took my OWN tape - made sure Yup*) I said but how did he know where we lived? Because the shop flyers only had my phone number on it?!!? My son said the guy bought the dog from a guy for £50.00. That was it!
That and the missing collar is a million-dollar question. One we may never find the answer to. But I'm just happy to have him back. I don't have a cotact name or number for the guy who brought buddie back home tothank him. Maybe we'll put something in the paper, I haven't decided yet.
Buddie was soaking wet but seemed un-harmed, tired and hungry, but after he had a good sleep, he was back to his usual tricks - chasing the cat around the house lol.
My eyes are filling up, i'm so happy to have him home. I want to send out a warm heart-filled thank you to Mary, Debs, and Nancy and everyone else who prayed for buddies safe return. I felt you guys last night and this morning, It was nice to know I wasn't alone going through all this and no matter what anyone says, it doesn't hurt having a bit of help from the big guy up-stairs. Thank you sooo much ~ My friends. <3 <3 <3