From the blog a while back — It was almost dark when I stepped out into our fenced back yard to call our Rottweiler Lola for dinner. LarryDog was already chowing down in the kitchen. Usually if Lola is outside at that time, she is right near the back door, but not that day. I called. No Lola. I walked around the yard and discovered that our back gate was open. No telling how long she had been gone. Calling didn’t bring her. Lost dog.
Okay, take a deep breath, then another. She hasn’t been loose since we moved here. In fact, she has never been loose in the nearly four years we have had her.
My husband took our car and began cruising our neighborhood. I grabbed a flashlight and a warm jacket and went back outside to resume calling. “Lola! DOGGIES! Lola! DOGGIES!”
“Doggies” is our magic word. When I use it, she and LarryDog always come running, and they always get tons of praise and a treat. Usually she comes at full speed, but this time I wasn’t hearing anything.
I knew her dog collar had my cellphone number on it, so I dashed inside to grab it. Called a neighbor who also has a Rottie girl about Lola’s age. We get together now and then for them to play. My friend promised to go outside and check for Lola too.
No, don’t worry, I said to myself. It hasn’t been long. She’ll be back. Still, ideas for other neighbors to call and other ideas ran through my head.
I walked down the street calling, but staying close enough to the house that Lola would find me if she came back. My husband came back and said he hadn’t found her. He went off to make a larger circle. I went into the back yard and called again and again, by the still-open gate.
Did I hear something? Was that the sound of a dog running? YES!
Lola ran straight to me, running so fast she almost knocked me down. Not that I would have cared! What a moment. Kelly got home a minute later and he got the royal greeting too. Where had she been? Who knows? It was about an hour she was out, we think. So glad to have her back.
Kelly tightened up the gate latch the next day. Best we can figure out, it hadn’t caught and the wind had blown it open.