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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Parent's Worst Nightmare

Imagine letting your little one out to play freely, in a newly fenced in, secure area. She been out many times in this area over the past couple of weeks. She has enjoyed running freely, playing with her ball watching the birds and squirrels, enjoying the Autumn warmth. She has even been jumping in the leaf pile, scattering all the gathered leaves about.

Then one evening after dinner you let her out to have a few moments of fresh air before bedtime. She is happily running about. You go inside for a few moments, when you return ~ she doesn't respond to your calls. You make your way out into the yard, is she playing hide-n-seek? Then you feel that ping in your gut, at the realization that she is not there.

The whole household goes into search mode; you survey the fenced area for signs of where she may have wandered off from. But all is as it should be. No, fence bent or knocked down to give a clue which direction she may have wandered off in. You wonder could she have wandered off into the forest after a squirrel or something that caught her attention .. your mind drifting back to the still intact fence surrounding, meant to keep her safe.

Flash lights are shone in every direction , as you track through the darkness of the forest calling her name, trying to coax her to come out from a hiding spot with promise of treats. But the darkness of the forest remains quiet ... except for your calls and that of your spouse's as you frantically search the 13 plus acres. Perhaps she has wandered off down the road, you take to your vehicles, going slowly so you can look along the side of the road into neighbouring fields and properties; speeding up when you think something up the road looks like it could be her, only to come up to a stump or other thing. Part of you thankful that it wasn't her. But your heart continues to race and pump fast ... your worst nightmare is happening.

You call the local O.P.P. to inform of her missing; you give the property one final search before you retreat to the silence of your home. Sleep is not happening, any time you drift off you wake-up thinking that you have just heard her calls. Only to be disappointed when you open the door to silence and darkness. Your mind races... what you will do in the morning.

Morning comes, and there are no calls to wake you ... silence...as you set about making the morning coffee and tea; thinking what photo to use for the Missing posters.. the phone rings, your gut tightens, fearing the worst. You half contemplate letting it go to voice mail, for fear of the worst but the panic that has gripped you all night takes over and you brace yourself for the voice on other end of the phone.

 You breathe for the first time, a real breath! Your little girl has been at a neighbours home, safe from the cold and the creatures of the night. You can't bother to get proper clothes on; throwing coats over pajamas, you quickly drive over to be reunited with your little girl... to hold her and bring her home.

You thank your Angels for the kind and lovely people that took her in and cared for her, keeping her safe and nurtured. Of course, your little girl is looking up at you as if to say "what's all the fuss?" ...

Stella we are so happy that you are home safe and sound. We are forever grateful to Gail and her husband for not just looking the other way and reaching out to our little girl. Yes our little girl is a Furbaby, but she is our little girl and though she may have four legs, a bark and fur she is our child. Just Like our Dolce, who was so happy to see his sister...

Lots of licks and kisses...

A little of "Woof! Woof! What were you thinking? leaving like that?"





22 comments:

  1. aww I'm so glad she's home safe and that you have the best neighbors!

    If that ever happens to me, I honestly don't know what I would do.. besides freaking out of course.

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  2. what a wonderful story!! So glad a nice neighbor took her in.

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  3. Oh my GAWD! I had this happen to me once. My dog took off and we could not find him anywhere. I was frantic and didn't know where to begin. We called the Humane Society to see if perhaps someone took him there. We looked all around and could not find him.

    Then one night while I was sleeping, I heard him barking and woke up out of a deep sleep to look to see if he was there...He wasn't. BUT two days later a lady called to say they had him. They had called the vet via the tags I had on him. When I picked him up he cried all the way home in the car. He was so excited to be HOME again!

    Glad you someone took good care of him.

    Kris

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  4. Thank God your little girl was cared for by a kind couple until she returned safely home to you. She is a pretty girl doggie.

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  5. So glad that your furbaby made it home safe and sound! It sounds terrible.

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  6. Dearest Celia,

    What a joy to get her back safe and sound! Yes I know that feeling, the pain... the sleepless nights. Our beautiful and svelt Spicy that we brought back home from Acapulco, vanished one Sunday while we were at Church + luncheon. Guess someone kidnapped this beauty for money. It broke my heart and now on November 4th it will be 4 years. We kept all five of her babies but that does not replace her. We probably will never know what happened to her... but no body found, no signs watsoever, no reaction to the many adds, posters etc.

    Love to you and enjoy your furbabies while you can!

    Mariette

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  7. Poor Stella! Poor You!!

    I am glad she is home safe and sound! G must've been going out of his mind!

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  8. So glad that your pup is home safe and sound!

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  9. OMG!!! Been there. SOooo glad all is well.

    Wow...
    I you had me in suspence!

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  10. Oh Celia, my angel, thank God it was just a "scary thing".
    Glad that your lovely girl is safe and sound at home surrounded by your love.

    Much love and blessings your way.

    xoxoxoxooxo

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  11. prettyboy dolce groomerOctober 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    thanx for the heads up email......if I had just stumble upon this, Ida probably had a seizure of some sort.
    glad stella is back..........you sure can tell by the pix, that dolce is super happy to have stella back.
    as are we all!

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  12. So glad she is safe. I would be so sick to my stomach... what an awful night it must have been for you. xo

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  13. Oh my, that would be a nightmare! Thank goodness it was a good outcome! They certainly are our babies. I love the photos of Dolce kissing his sissie! Bless their little hearts.
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  14. I'm baaaack! I've been a bad blog friend and haven't been by in quite awhile. But I've had a good reason :)

    Oh sweet friend, how scary! I can only imagine how frightened you must have been. We would have been beside ourselves if Miss Daisy disappeared like that. Praise God there was a happy ending to your story!

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  15. I am so happy your little girl is safe and sound! I can only imagine how frightening that must be.. our little furbabies are our children too!

    Thank you for stopping by to check on me. I hope you are doing well. Between school and the kids, I have barely been able to keep up with everything.. when I think of writing a post, another exam is coming up or a project is due. I did escape for a week to Disney World with my family and just got home last Thursday. Then back to school the following day.. I have so much that I want to share and plan to do so soon.
    xoxo, B

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  16. Oh this is the worst! Glad she was find!
    Have a super week.
    Xo
    Isabelle

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  17. Oh so happy you got your dog back, thank goodness for good neighbor's, this happened years ago to a laborador I had and a neighbor ten blocks away had her for two weeks befor they saw our signs for our missing dog named Shadow.

    Here is a post you might like to read about my cat who at less then a year old was lost for a month and half and almost died and then I got him back, he is now ten years old.

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2009/09/binkys-stump.html

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  18. Oh Dear Lord my sweet friend..... I have tears. I am so sorry this happened but so thankful that your angel was found!!! Oh gosh, I can't imagine.

    Praise God you are all together again!


    (((HUGS))) to you doll baby!
    XoXo

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  19. What a relief knowing it was not a child but your dogie that is like one to you. Why did the neighbors call and tell you they had the pup?

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  20. Oh my. Every time my schnauzer decides to go for a walk in the park (without me, of course!) I think, "Well, this is it." I've been keeping her close at hand since the last time she did it (several months ago).

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  21. Ooooh, it must have been a terrible feeling! So glad she's back!!!!!!!

    Kristin xoxo

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  22. How did I miss this? Oh my, I cannot imagine!!! Thank God and you angels she is fine!
    So happy for you...
    Nathalie

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