Saturday, 15 February 2014

Look What I Found!





At lunchtime yesterday, I arrived home from seeing friends in the village in the midst of a wild gale and heavy rain. The lanes had been flooded and difficult to pass. Rain had been falling in sheets after a night of storm.

Old Whisper Dog reluctantly spent two  minutes in the wet garden and then barked to come in again. As he walked through the door I hear another cry. A high pitched whimpering and a yapping bark from nearby. None of our neighbours` dogs sounded like this......and then it dawned on me. This might be the runaway chihuahua that I had heard about during the morning. It had escaped from a village garden the night before and a frantic search party had failed to find it.

I put on my wellies and went to investigate. I found a soaked, shivering little dog cowering in the hedge bottom, trapped by fence wire. Our front boundary hedge is on the top of a bank, with a fast flowing ditch below it. The only thing to do was to start paddling!

Eventually I freed the dog from his "prison" and hauled him down into my arms. A wetter, more pathetic scrap would have been hard to find. Thankfully he wasn`t a biter and didn`t object to being lifted down the bank unceremoniously. By this time both of my boots were full of water!

It took three warm towels and nearly an hour of drying and cuddling by a hot radiator before he was dry again. Thankfully he didn`t seem ill and was breathing well, so I hope his night out in the storm has done no real damage.

I contacted a friend who had told me about the missing dog and soon the chihuahua was on his way home again. Hopefully he won`t need to visit the vet but his owner was going to watch him carefully ( and only let him out on a lead for now).

Here he is, getting ready to meet one of our cats and non the worse for his adventure!



12 comments:

Em Parkinson said...

His saviour! Thank goodness you found him. x

Kath said...

goodness what a drama! poor little fella. So glad he has gone home now.

Jenny said...

Well done you! What a relief it must have been for his owners, especially after the stormy might we've had.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Oh poor little sole. Thank goodness you heard him cry and went and rescued him. Well done you :-)

Bovey Belle said...

That is worthy of a medal my dear. He must have thought you were the most wonderful person in the world - until his owner collected him!

Countryside Tales said...

What a good job you heard him. Bless his soul, he must have been wondering what on earth was going on. I'll bet his family were mighty relieved too. A lovely story with a nice happy ending- well done you :-)

angryparsnip said...

Goodness how far did he run ? So happy you heard him.
And he does look quite happy in the last photo.

cheers, parsnip

WOL said...

Glad this tale (tail?) had a happy ending. Unfortunately, somebody else lost a pet only a couple days ago and that story ended tragically.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Pretty hardy by the look of him.

Ragged Robin said...

Lovely to read a story with a happy ending - well done to you :) So glad he's back home now :)

SeagullSuzie said...

Well done, poor little dog, he must have been so frightened. Being a pet owner, it's always nice to think that there are lots of good people out there.

Down by the sea said...

So glad you heard it's cry and the story has such a happy ending. Poor little thing. Sarah x