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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Escapee

There were tears this morning. The gate had been left open and one of my biggest fears had been realised. There was a breakout!

I frantically looked and drove around our neighbourhood but it had already been an hour since Zoe had been let outside and there were no signs of her.

I called the Brisbane City Council and asked if they could send out a dog catcher to find her. Obviously I have watched too many cartoons as they informed me that they don't do that. I would have to wait until somebody found her, if she wasn't run over by a car in the meantime.

I had no choice but to go to work. An hour later, I received a phone call informing me that Zoe had been found. She was being held at an animal shelter 30 kms from home! No, she's not superdog but she was found wondering along the Gateway Motorway not far from home. A commuter stopped, picked her up and drove her to the animal shelter nearest to her workplace.

I had to pay $75 to bale out the jailbird and received some information on how to better look after my dog and warned that I may be fined for not having my pet in a secured yard. I was grateful that they given her a bath. Zoe looked very clean and smelt so sweet but I didn't dare ask what shampoo had been used.

We've been cuddling on the couch all evening so I think the day was a little stressful for both of us especially with Voyt away this week. All's well that ends well and I'm g
rateful for the kindness of strangers and that we have had her microchipped which aided in her quick return. Tomorrow, I must have a new collar tag engraved with her name and my phone number, something I have neglected to do.

If you don't have your pets microchipped, I strongly urge you to do so.


On a positive note, I was lucky that Lara was around today to help prepare for our Morning Tea tomorrow. Don't the goody bags look pretty all in a row? Well, I've had my sofa nap and I'm off to make a lemon cheesecake.

13 comments:

Just Martha said...

Escapee huh? I bet she had some stories to tell!! Lucky girl wasn't she?

Creative Arty Facts said...
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Creative Arty Facts said...

.... Must remember to check for typos before posting - apologies Thea! I wanted to say that I have my raffle piece sorted and am looking forward to a cup with you tomorrow.

Naturally Carol said...

So glad you got her back! Now you can enjoy the morning tea trauma free in the morning..all the best..the bags look so inviting.

mosaicology said...

loved the title of the post! what a cute creature!!

Mimi said...

You poor thing, I know what it is like for your dog to go missing. A terrible ordeal. The great thing is, she is home with her loving family. Enjoy your morning tea! Mimii xx

Jay Dee said...

So glad to hear Zoe is still in one piece Thea! What a time to choose to escape - argh. Hope today is a good one and looking forward to catching up with you soon!! xx

gaby@stilelemente said...

Oh Thea! I'm so glad she was found safe and sound. What an ordeal. I fully support that every domestic animal should be microchipped. Have fun with the morning tea.

Lauren said...

That cartoon crack was too funny! Glad you are now reunited.

Kylie C said...

I'm so glad that someone was nice enough to stop and pick Zoe up. We've picked up a number of lost dogs over the past couple of years (including Tedwin, who Tracey and I found a few weeks back).

le@thirdontheright said...

heavens how distressing !! alls well that ends well eh .... mum and judy had a great time today - thanks ever so much - plus they got to say hi to sophie my fav resin girl and meet lots of friendly faces - you are a star ! le xoxo

Tiff said...

Thank goodness Zoe was ok! Those bags look sooooo good! X

Ange @ A Cream Cottage said...

I sympathise. That is my greatest fear with our little puppy too. I have been meaning to go and buy a 'Please shut the gate' sign for our place and your post has motivated me to get out there today and do it. I bought a really groovy name tag that has our detailes on the back for Harvey. I got it online from Pet Pamper http://www.petpamper.com.au/ People always comment on it. Might be worth a look for the escapee! Ange

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