Thursday, November 18, 2010

This Stick Is Mine - Get Your Own!

Happy Dogs on Thursday / Little Friday / a week away from Turkey Day! 

Last Saturday night was Matt's kart racing banquet and the first time we had seen Stratton's humans (who run the racing program) since he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  As a gift for them, I took some of my favorite pictures of the big guy and put together a photo album.  As we were walking in, I was debating whether to give it to them at that time or at the end of the night.  Then, I was surprised when Debbie exclaimed that she knew how much I loved Stratton and had something for me...

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Isn't it beautiful?   I was truly touched that they thought so much of my love for Stratton that they had this made for me... and I will treasure it always.  Thank you again, Archie & Debbie.

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As the banquet was winding down, I checked my cell phone to find a missed call and voicemail from Jack's Mom.  I immediately knew it wasn't good news and when I checked it, my heart sank.  Jack had slipped out of his collar and gotten loose at 3:00 that afternoon.  I immediately thought of nothing other than rushing home, changing, grabbing Lola and heading out to search for Jack.  It took us a bit over an hour from the time we said "hold on, we're coming!" to when we got there.  We went running out of the house with canned food, leashes, collars, treats and Lola... but forgot one thing, flashlights!  Since the area they live in is so woodsy and they hadn't had a sighting since 6:30 that night (it was now around 9:30), we really didn't know where to search.  We drove around with Lola hanging her head and crying out the car window (I swear they know what's going on) for over an hour before realizing that Jack had probably bedded down somewhere for the night and we just had to hope he was safe.  We'd return in the morning and search on foot.... only when we woke up, I had a text message with the best possible news... Jack had returned home early in the morning, eaten the food they left on the porch and went next door to play with his doggy friends!  Whew..... I could breath again! 

Here are a couple of pictures Jack's Mom sent before his little trip through the woods, enjoying a peanut butter jar!

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I'll leave you today with some pictures of Zeus helping his Daddy do some fall yard clean up...

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Ize jus helping Daddy wit da sticks... can't u tellz?
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I haz jus dis one...
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Maybe dis one too...

9 comments:

gMarie said...

lovely photo! and yea for Jack making it home. g

Sue said...

We're glad Jack is safe. What a very thoughtful gift you made and the framed picture is very nice.

Zeus is a great help and obviously found a special stick in that pile. It's hard for us to keep sticks in one pile around here. Too many helpers.

Janet said...

Glad to hear that Jack made his way back home. Zeus looks like a good helper. Sydney loves to help her dad with yard work too.

Channon said...

Glad Jack is safe. These crazy dogs and their adventures!! Love the Straton memorial too, and of course the great photo of Zeus!

knittinwolf said...

Sooo glad Jack is safe!

Zeus is too cute!

Marjie said...

Stratton was beautiful! It's very fortunate that Jack returned safely. And clearly Matt needed help with that big pile of sticks.

Pooch said...

That wood pile is quite an invitation for Zeus to have some chewy fun!

What a fright about Jack! I guess he wanted a romp, didn't he?!

:)

Bubblesknits said...

So happy that Jack made it back home!

And I love the pictures of Zeus helping with the yard work. lol

Sam said...

What a wild night - I'm glad Jack made it home safe and sound!

Sam

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