Monday, 8 November 2010
A Day of Trauma!
Yesterday is a day best forgotten, or at least stored in the annals of doggy history.
It was a lovely day here and after lunch the farmer and I decided to go on a long walk around our fields, down the lane, back over our neighbour's fields - one of our favourites. Tess came with us - off the lead - happily sniffing in the hedge bottom and chasing the odd rabbit.
All went well until we got to the top of our pasture, about a hundred yards from home, when she chased a rabbit into the next field and completely disappeared. The time was 2pm. From then until 4pm we searched for her, going round each field in turn, calling her but no response. At 4pm we came back to the house, I rang my son and his wife and they donned wellies (you really need them in our fields at present)
nd set off to search from their end of the village. Friends from nearby came in their car and searched another area. I went round the field where she had disappeared, looking in the hedgebottoms carefully, in case she had got stuck in a rabbit hole. A runner running past the farm promised to keep an eye open for her.
We came home - the farmer had tea - I could eat nothing. We sat by the wood burner and I imagined all kinds of horror scenarios - she was stuck down a rabbit hole, she had got in a stranger's car, someone had stolen her, she was caught in the hedge bottom by her collar and couldn't get free. By 8pm I was desolate and sure that I would never see her again. That is until the farmer opened the back door and she shot in, like a bullet, straight to the stove, flung herself on her back with her feet in the air (saying sorry I suppose).
We were so relieved that we couldn't be cross with her. he was dry and clean, not at all muddy and had an odd, musty smell. Of course we will never know where she had been, but this morning I have ordered a new pet tag (she lost her last one) and this afternoon I am taking her to the vets to be microchipped.
All's well that ends well, they say. On a brighter note, I used Saturday to completely empty and clean and tidy my study, ready to start my book project. Thanks to Heather,(Ragged Old Blogger) I have plenty of ideas. The photograph shows my clean, neat study. Come on all you girls who have told me in the comments box that it really is time you tidied your studies. Gain inspiration from these tidy shelves. I shall keep looking at the photograph to remind me, as within a day of starting the project they will get disturbed. Ah well, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs!