I was under the mistaken impression that January was supposed to be a relaxing month. After the nuttiness of the holiday season, the first month of the year is usually earmarked for hibernation. Flat broke and frozen, people keep their schedules empty. If this is true, how come I feel busier than ever? After this last weekend, I feel ready for another vacation.
Our usual Saturday agility class was cancelled this weekend, though not for the standard reason. A few hours before we arrived, a friend’s seven-month-old Nova Scotia Duck Toller puppy slipped her collar in the parking lot just outside the daycare door where classes are held. Spooked by a snow plow, she took off, ran up a busy downtown street and around a corner. Her owner had no chance to catching her or calling her back. When our agility instructor found out what happened, she immediately cancelled the rest of the day’s classes and organized a search.
Once again, it was amazing to see just how many people come together when a dog is missing. People who didn’t even know my friend or her adorable puppy drove around the city to see if they could spot her. We all knew it could happen to us one day. My friend is one of the most responsible dog owners in the world. She has put hundreds of hours into training her young dog. If it can happen to her, it can happen to anyone. It’s comforting to know that like my friend, I would have a whole team on my side.
Luckily, this puppy was found after a few short hours. Though I am sure they didn’t feel short to her human. The dog’s breeder came out with her mother and tracked her to a backyard just several blocks away. If that isn’t the sign of a breeder who cares, I don’t know what is. When my PH and I returned to the daycare hoping for news after performing a search of our own, I almost cried when I heard the word “found.” The dog in question was no worse for wear. She even joined us at an agility workshop the following day. The resilience of dogs is a remarkable thing. I only hope her owner has bounced back as well.
I am sure it would take me several days – weeks, months – to calm down after such an experience.
Speaking of calming down… It’s time to announce the winner of my Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming treats giveaway!
Doo doo doo doo doo doo!*
Julie from The Daily Dog Blog! Congratulations, Julie! I’ll be contacting you for your address.
*This is supposed to be trumpet music. Just in case you couldn’t tell. Not that it isn’t obvious.