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 grateful 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.
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