In which shelties are not good at being "wild" (some survival stories)
|photo taken with my phone in the park outside my library. |
Ten minutes before I took the picture, it was sn*wing, but melted fast.
|Dooley and his mum, reunited. Click the photo for the story.|
In celebration of Dooley's homecoming, it's time to share a story from my past...around 1998, I think. I was going to library school and was living with my shelties Merry and Pippin and a cat in sweet little travel trailer parked in a trailer court near the lake. It was a cheap place to live, and I was almost the only female in the neighborhood--most of my neighbors were divorced men who had gotten thrown out by wives, and were living in their hunting rigs. They were nice guys, but they didn't know what to think of the "library lady."
I had just moved to the trailer park when Pippin got loose and got lost. He was wearing tags--but they had all the OLD address/phone information on them. I was terrified. I spent a week putting up posters, taping flyers to mailboxes, and knocking on doors, looking for my dog.
For seven days...nothing.
Then, around 5am, I woke up thinking that I'd heard Pippin barking. I tried to quiet my heart, thinking that I'd dreamed it...and he barked again. I threw open the door, and there was Pippin!
Did I mention that, at this time in my life, I slept "in the altogether?" Well, hey. I was younger--and warmer-blooded--then. Still, it was early March in the Swampland, and none-too-warm. I gathered up my prodigal dog and continued the joyful reunion indoors.
Later that day, my neighbors in the trailer park saw that I once again had two shelties, and asked about it, so I told them about 5am, thinking I was dreaming, and the joyful reunion.
Their only response?
"You were naked? And we missed it?"
I'll try to post a photo of Pippin tomorrow. He was a pretty little dog--almost as pretty as Luna herself.
Meantime, all y'all, go give your dogs a kiss and a cookie to celebrate Dooley's happy homecoming.
Life is good.