Well, what an adventure Saturday was…
My mom and I were at the airport, waiting to board the plane for our much-awaited and well-deserved trip to Hilton Head SC. Just moments before they called the “B” group, I got a text from our dogsitter saying that Anna had somehow gotten out of the yard!
Needless to say, my mom and I didn’t end up boarding the plane. Instead, we ended up calling my uncle, who offered us a ride back home. He couldn’t believe what had happened, either. While we waited for my uncle, our dogsitter was extremely apologetic and did everything in her power to locate Anna, including calling the dog warden. None of us could figure out how Anna could have possibly gotten out of the fenced-in yard! She is certainly a Houdini!
Once home, my mom and I drove around the nearby neighborhood where Anna was staying. I made posts on Facebook, Nextdoor, and the local Lost and Found Pets pages. We drove around for about an hour and a half, and meanwhile, a couple people commented on my posts stating they had seen a dog who fit the description of Anna, however she had been too fast for them to catch up to her! We asked a few people walking in the neighborhood if they had seen a dog, and a really nice couple said they would keep an eye out.
Shortly after, I got a text from the sitter asking me to call her right away. When she answered, she told me that Anna came back to the house! Her son, who had also driven around to aid in the search, had been home, and heard their dog barking. When he looked outside, he saw Anna standing in the yard! He had opened the door, and she had come right inside.
“Relief” can’t even begin to define the emotions that swept over my mom and me! We thanked the sitter, who sounded just as relieved as we were, profusely. She said that she would ensure that Anna is on a leash any time she goes outside from now on, and we agreed that it was the best idea for our little escape artist!
My mom and I headed over to the sitter’s house, where her son was waiting. We thanked him and he explained how he had thought their dog had maybe seen a squirrel or something when he heard her start barking. When he saw that it was Anna, he was as relieved as we were when we found out the news! He also said that Anna seemed to take to him, and that he thought she would enjoy the rest of her stay. We gave Anna a few more pets before we left, and told her that she better be a good girl! 😊
While that evening ended up quite differently than we expected, as I always say, everything happens for a reason! We may have eaten takeout from Burger King when we hoped to be eating a nice steak dinner at the Bonefish grill near the airport in Charleston, SC, but our vacation still commenced, just a day later than scheduled. I’m SO thankful Anna is back, and that she is safe. I can’t wait to see her upon our return home! ❤️