1/23/10

It would have helped if the dog could TALK.



I spent most of Saturday (about 54 hours of it) traveling with Sassy to an indoor field hockey tournament in Middleofnowhere, Oregon. Tightwad and The Golden Boy stayed home with the dogs. Rover is an older dalmatian mix we rescued from the SPCA when Sassy (who was four at the time) dropped her on her head. We were CONVINCED that she had injured her, and felt so guilty we took her home. We adopted Junior from that same SPCA several years ago for no good reason.

Yesterday about 5:30 p.m. Junior escaped captivity and roamed the neighborhood freely eating what was later determined to be soft pretzels and crap. We live on a VERY busy street and let's just say, for argument's sake, that we live at 123 Main Street. When Sassy and I returned home from said field hockey tournament, we were informed by Tightwad that Junior was missing!! They had been combing the neighborhood and the land near and far for the damn dog. (We have tons of cornfields and open fields that belong to Oregon State behind our house- it's quite gorgeous to have it right here in town, even if the street in front of our house is quite busy.)

We were despondent ALL night and this morning when Junior never came home. He's often escaped to run through the cornfields and reek havoc in the neighborhood- but ALWAYS comes home. Yeah, he usually smells like crap-but he gets his bath, a little scolding and then tons of love.

After putting my private investigator skills to good use (Remember one of my old jobs???) I received a call from the Animal Medical Hospital that a dog that fit OUR dog's description was brought in last night (about 6:45) by the POLICE. They found him on a busy street. "What street? " you might ask.

The girl at the Animal Hospital said that the officers picked him up at 123 Main Street. AT OUR HOUSE. In the FRONT YARD. Jesus. Don't they know that's our dog? And Tightwad, didn't the flashing red lights (neighbor was watching) wake you up from your nap????? Didn't you hear the officer KNOCKING at the front door? Oh wait, you were out eating Chinese at the time.

Yeah, well, you owe me 15 bucks. That's how much I need to spring him.


(It's from the lost files that were deleted in moments of panic last year. I still laugh about it. And yeah, guess where I am today? Middleofnowhere. And that dog better be locked up.)




30 comments:

plainolebob said...

looks like the old dogs
need to learn the new tricks.
flashing lights and all
BIG HUGS

Sam said...

What a successful rescue!! Do you think they keep statistics at the Animal Hospital?

CatLadyLarew said...

Picked up from his own front yard... sounds about right!

Vodka Logic said...

Which is reason 42 why I don't own a dog.
Glad he is safe.

T said...

OMG - that is to damn funny!

otin said...

I guess that the Mr. is about as observant as I am! lol

Frau said...

Better to be in lock than hit by a car and a huge vet bill!

Steven Anthony said...

thats a first for me, being picked up in his own front yard...lol

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I remember this. I loved it even more the second time.

If my dog could talk I'd have him tell me who misplaces all the stuff and doesn't cop to it around here.

Anna See said...

i loved this both times!

my old dog came home once w/ a whole ham in her mouth. yikes.

Lori said...

Love the story. We had a dog who would climb the backyard fence, turn over ALL the neighbor's garbage and bring dirty diapers BACK into our backyard. ICK.
God rest her soul.

Brian Miller said...

lol. staying out of my front yard today...my bail will probably be larger than $15...

The Blue Zoo said...

Only $15 to spring your pup? Wow. In our neck of the woods its at least $50!

A Mom on Spin said...

I think that police department needs to employ the services of my friendly pet psychic!!!!

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

In my town, you have to go to what I call "defensive doggy". 8 hrs of classes, I kid you not. And you learn how to NOT let your dog be an escape artist.

Wildernesschic said...

Such a cute little dog !

Bano said...

That is one adorable dog! Sounds like Tightwad owes you one.

Donna said...

That was a cute story.I am glad he is safe.I have 2 dogs. Tanner is one of my dogs and he would rather stay in the yard and play ball.My other one (Deeva) if you don't have a leash on her then shes gone,quick.

Phat Mama said...

$15 and chinese take out for the stress you endured!

Melissa B. said...

Tee-Hee! Some day I'm gonna write about the day my 4-year-old nephew disappeared in a similar fashion...

The Wifey said...

I had a similar experience once, when our dog ran across the street. I stood on the front porch and yelled for him (I could still see him) and the local cop pulled to the side of the road, grabbed him, and started putting a leash on him and opening his back door when I was RIGHT there. Told me that's what I get for not having him on a leash. I convinced the cop to let me give him money right there for the fine instead of taking him in. People are ridiculous, I'll tell ya.

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Aimee Cotton Bogush said...

You just make me laugh so hard ;-)

Ace said...

Hilarious! I can see my own dogs (and husband) in the same situation.

Grace's Mom said...

I can't believe they picked up your dog in your front yard!! That's kidnapping. YOU should charge THEM! Or, better yet, call the police and tell them your dog has been kidnapped and is being held hostage, and you just received word that the kidnappers want a $15 ransom.

You'll have to excuse me, I watch too much Days of Our Lives. ;)

the treat girl said...

Typical!!! That's about par for the course over here at my house too!! It's always comforting to hear I'm not the only one!!

kanishk said...

- that is to damn funny!

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The Kid said...

that is so funny. and i agree with Grace's mum!

i used to have 3 rabbits who escaped all the time. i was never worried about them being hurt or it by a car but i was worried that someone might bring their pregnant girl rabbit over to complain!

Oonafey said...

Hi! I just found you through SITS!
This is definitely something that would happen to us... Our newly-ish adopted dog needs to be kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES or he will eat the nearest dog to him... I shudder to think what would happen if my Mister neglected to notice he was missing!

Notes from a Broad said...

I am afraid if my Pup were to escape, we would get a call demanding a ransom.
Thankfully, he has too many doors that require keys and an elevator to manage escaping... although he doesn't really show signs of wanting to go Out There Alone ....

I am really relieved and happy for you that your little guy was rescued :)