Worrying and Thinking and Hoping

Because I decided I was participating in NaBloPoMo again this year, I am making myself write something today even though I am not at all in the mood. This last week at work was a brutal one. I put in more hours than I am used to and can’t really get the work-related problems out of my brain. This is not usually an issue for me as I am very good at separating my work life from my personal life. It’s a rule I have. Unfortunately, every now and then, little things sneak through. Right now I want nothing more than to snuggle on the couch with my puppy and a glass of wine. Maybe watch a ridiculously cheesy movie on television, like Air Bud Spikes Back, which is currently on one of my channels.

Has anyone seen it? It sounds goofy and IMDb only gives it 3.9 stars. But it features a lovely volleyball-playing golden retriever. How can you go wrong?

I am also worried for a friend. Last night I found out her foster dog went missing. They have yet to find her. While I have confidence in the people searching for her and I know somehow she will get home safely, I can’t help but worry. It might seem silly to some. I have never met this dog nor her foster human. But I can’t get them out of my mind. Even if I haven’t spoken to her in person, I know she is suffering right now and I am much too far away to help. All I can do is think and worry and hope.

Almost every day I hear about dogs lost in my city through updates from the Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network. Run by a small group of very dedicated volunteers, the network exists to help reunite dogs with their humans. From what I have seen, they do an amazing job. The local dog community is a giving one in so many ways. People who don’t even know the missing dog will drop everything to go on a search throughout the night. I remember how the whole city seemed to get together last winter when a greyhound went missing just days after she was adopted from a rescue. When it was announced the dog was finally found a week later, the entire room I was in at the time seemed to breathe a sigh of relief.

I guess the thing is, dog lovers know the nightmare of losing a canine companion can happen to anyone, at any time. It doesn’t matter how careful one is. I had to go through the experience far too many times with my escape artist of a childhood dog. It never got easier. It is inspiring to have witnessed how people will literally crawl through bushes in the middle of the night, braving sleep deprivation and nasty bugs. I know people who have taken days off work just to continue the search for a missing puppy. A puppy they haven’t even seen in the flesh. It’s incredible what love will do.

Amazingly, no matter how many times our wandering Siberian got out of the yard, we always got her back. I know my friend will get her dog back too. It just pains me that I can’t get out there to join the efforts. Miles away I sit here with crossed fingers, refreshing Facebook, and cuddling my own dog, grateful she is home where she belongs.

ETA: If you are in the Minnesota area, more information on the lost dog can be found on No Dog About It. Lady is a beautiful Sheltie who is afraid of people. If you spot her, please let Mel at No Dog About It know.

20 thoughts on “Worrying and Thinking and Hoping

  1. Losing a dog is so scary … so many dogs get lost and STOLEN lately.

    That is one of the good things about our guys, they stick where we are, regardless of whether or not they’re free to leave. When at friends’ horse farm, or at Jasmine’s ranch, there are no fences, no physical boundaries. Our guys always stay close enough to know where we are and what we’re doing.

    Jasmine has an invisible leash in her mind, she won’t go past certain distance no matter what. With JD we gotta be a bit more careful, he’d be capable of chasing an animal long ways.

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    • We have been incredibly lucky in that Shiva’s separation anxiety keeps her fairly close at hand. Recall games have added to this arsenal and fortunately, she has never run away. That doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen and I am always careful.

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      • Yes, anything can always happen …

        With Jasmine, I think, it’s more about protecting her investment than anything else. She’s put a lot of work into us, gotta keep an eye on us LOL

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  2. Amen. My mom and dad always breathe a sigh of relief or maybe just plain thankfulness every night when they turn off the lights, that we’re all home, safe and sound in our beds. And we’re glad that we’re safe as well in our home together 🙂

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    • We have a lot we take for granted. Sometimes it takes something horrifying like this to remind us of what is important. I hope you never have to worry about finding your home again.

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  3. We haven’t lost any of our dogs yet (thanking DoG and knocking on wood!). But they have given us a few scares. Like Sadie jumping the fence to sit on the front porch waiting for me. Or Hurley hiding under the bed wrapped in a blanket when we thought he somehow got outside. I can only imagine the worry and heartache that goes on. I’ve got my fingers crossed that your friend finds her foster soon!

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  4. I have a neighbor who for years has condemned people for just being careless if their dogs went missing. Last week someone left their gate open and little Cuddles couldn’t resist a doggie adventure. We found Cuddles after a few hours, but my neighbor learned a lesson: any dog can get away and will if given a chance. And it doesn’t take much to give a dog a chance.

    She reads my blog so it wouldn’t be nice to write about it. but I wanted to tell someone. 🙂

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    • I know what you mean. It’s easy to sit in judgment when you have never experienced something for yourself. I am glad your neighbour’s dog returned home safely, regarless. I wouldn’t wish that fear on anyone.

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  5. I’ve worked in Greyhound rescue long enough to know that there are a lot of people who will drop everything to find a lost dog, and that there are far too many stories that don’t have happy endings. Most stories do have happy endings, though, and I’m sure your friend’s foster will be one of them. They do make us cuddle our own dogs a little closer, though, for sure!

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    • To be sure. Hopefully it won’t be long before this dog is returned home. With so many people out there looking, I have to remain optimistic. If I am ever in this position again, I’d like to think just as many people would be out there for my dog’s sake.

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  6. Lost dogs scare the bejesus out of me. Every time I see a post, it strikes fear in my heart and I always try to do all I can to capture and bring home any loose dog I might find. Totally cheesy and filmed in my home town. If you watch closely, you can see a younger, thinner me in several of the background shots ;0)

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    • Really? I didn’t know you were a big film start. I kind of wish I had actually watched it now. Maybe it will be on again?

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  7. How awful for your friend…I hope her foster dog is located soon. It is amazing how the dog loving community will join together to try and find a missing dog. There was a missing dog here over the summer that everyone was looking for. She took off while her owners were away on vacation. It turned out that she had swum out to a little Island off the cost, which is where the eventually caught her!!

    So glad your sib always came back when you are younger. They sure are one of the biggest escape artist breeds!!

    Hope things get better at work!!

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    • Thanks for your well wishes. I am hoping so too. It’s crazy that a dog could swim so far! But I am glad they eventually found her. Who would have thought to look there?

      Me too. With the amount of times Nikita ran away, we were stupidly lucky. Sometimes she was caught by animal control, sometimes a friendly stranger, and sometimes she came back on her own. But I am so grateful she lived her life with us till the end of her days.

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  8. We have had a few escape artists fostered at our house & regardless if they are only missing for 5 minutes, that 5 minutes will feel like the longest in your life. Praying Lady is home safe & sound soon.

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  9. Our Best Friend never “runs away,” but he does chase after squirrels. Then he gets confused and isn’t sure how to get home.

    One of our foster dogs made a break for it once. Thankfully we found her trotting merrily down the street a block from home. When she saw us, she raced onto someone’s porch hoping to escape and instead trapped herself. She wasn’t the brightest dog…

    No word from Mel yet this morning if Lady was found. I facebooked it and tweeted it and I even have a friend in Minneapolis who breeds Shelties whom I had hoped might lend a hand, but she didn’t respond to my message. Poor Mel.

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  10. A while back there was a wordpress featured blog (Pressed) that was a woman who had a fearful dog that escaped from kennel while the woman was away. The post was enormously long, and I swear it took me about 15 minutes just to read it, but it documented the steps the woman took, what they did and the amazing efforts of all who helped. Yes the story had a happy ending and I’m praying Mel’s story is the same. Great job writing about the one of the worst things that can happen to one’s dog.

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  11. I can’t even imagine how I would feel if my dog was missing – but I always get SO worried when I know someone else’s pet is missing – I always wish that I had some kind of psychic power that could communicate with the lost dog ;(

    I worry for the dog, and I worry for the human that is scared for their dog (I am a big worrier!!). As a dog walker, I regularly tried to capture and bring home loose dogs (it made my husband crazy!!!) – I hope your friends dog makes it home safe and sound.

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