This was the scene late last night at my house. Two very exhausted boys and I might add very exhausted family. Would you like to hear about Hank and Bear's Excellent Adventure? Yup, I know it isn't Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, although I do have a soft spot for Keanu Reeves.
Yesterday we were having our roof pressure washed and the man doing it left our back lanai door open. When my husband got home he let the boys out on the lanai like he always does and well you can imagine what happened next, they found that door and took off at lightening speed. My husband woke up my son who was home from college and they went off after them, my neighbor was out and took off in his car to help with the chase. I was happily ignorant at work until I pulled up at my next patient's home and got a text message from my neighbor way down the block that said, "I just saw the boys running toward The Enclave." which is the subdivision next door to mine. I called home no one was there, I called my husband but he didn't answer and then called my son. He told me they were missing and had not been seen anywhere, and that was for 30 minutes at that point. I walked into my little ones home, told them my dogs were missing and drove the 45 minutes back to my house to help.
We had five separate cars out looking, we had security out looking and let me tell you these boys were no where to be found. We basically live on a swamp that has plenty of water in it right now due to recent rain. We live off of an almost 9,000 acre preserve which is why we have so much wildlife near us. Our main subdivision is huge, surrounded by really busy streets. There are so many people in this area everyday, I was so worried they would be hit by a car or truck, or just picked up and taken away.
Finally, my husband found someone who was working on the golf course who had seen them but the boys would not let him get near. He gave my husband a ride in the golf cart to about where he had seen them and darn if they hadn't moved down another hole. Yup, that is where they were found, running around the green and playing like it was no big deal. When my husband called them he swears they looked at each other like, should we really go to him? We are having the time of our lives! It is so scary out there my friends. My husband saw a coyote on the golf course, my son an 8-9 foot alligator and I just saw hills and ponds as I raced across the golf course looking for them.
Their great adventure lasted about 2 1/2 hours and I swear it took about ten years off our lives. My son said that as he drove around his heart felt emptier with each minute he did not find them, mine did too.
When they got home they were so covered in swamp water, burrs, twigs and Lord knows what else, I called the groomer at Petsmart and we took them in. So now they have had their first official haircut. Apparently the burrs were so deep she had to trim them very close to their skin. Gone are the beautiful feathers on their legs but I don't care, they are home and they are okay, that is all that matters. Let me tell you these boys could have been in a very dangerous position, alligators win in Florida, they kill dogs all the time. Coyote's win, especially if there is a group of them. Cars, win...........we know that.
I am seriously so mad at them still, don't let those cute faces fool you I am not taken in by them. It is funny because they know I am mad, they will go up to everyone for attention but me right now, and I didn't even yell at them. These boys, while I love them are not the smartest of dogs, they are into everything. Thank God they did not get curious and approach something that would have had them for lunch.
I am home from work for the day today for doctor and dentist appointments. I did not mean to take half a day off yesterday but that is how it goes. Little Buddy's walker situation has been rectified, a new blue one like the one I ordered will be delivered soon. He will use one at school and have one at home for when he needs it for long distances like the soccer field above.
I will leave you all with this photo of Little Buddy and his best friend after soccer last Saturday. They just love each other so much. Aren't they adorable?