...and the first minutes of June.
Look at that face. Sadie looks happy there, but that's actually her nervous look. I know this dog. Way back in '97 we went to a pet store to buy a fish tank. Instead we came home with Sadie. She was cowering at the back of a cage and I felt sorry for her. She needed a home. The next day I actually called the pet store to see if they'd take her back. We had buyers' remorse after only 24 hours. Well here we are almost 13 years later. She's still afraid of everything but storms, even if they're on TV, are the worst. And she can't hear anymore. So last night we had a storm. Our usual procedure is to get the dog in her kennel so she won't drool all over the floor. (I cannot stand to step in that!) Sometimes we have to force the issue. After a while it stopped storming and was only raining and she seemed to have calmed down, so I let her outside to do her business. I went back inside to do a few things as I usually do. I went to check on her several times, but she still wasn't back at the door like normal. I got my shoes and coat and went out in the dark, rainy night to look for her. I walked around the house, no dog.
By this time I thought it best to get dh out of bed. It's about midnight. He got a flashlight and looked around in the yard, no dog. We got in the car and drove the neighborhood and the highway near our house, no dog. We came back home to check, no dog. Drove the neighborhood again, no dog. We decided we couldn't do anything else, so we went to bed. But our deaf dog was still out there.
The next morning dh said he'd drive around again to look for her before he went to work. However, the neighbor came by with her around 6:30. He said he found her wondering around while he was walking his dog. He didn't know who she belonged to, so he sent an email out to the neighborhood along with a picture. Meanwhile, he put her on a leash and she sort of lead him back here. I don't know the details of that for sure only that she wouldn't go in his driveway, but when she got to ours she went right up. She was wet and tired, but no worse for the wear, I guess. She spent the day sleeping. When I let her out the next night, I went with her. When it's rainy, I'll put her on a leash. I'm thankful that God kept her safe. It could have been much worse.