Horrifying Day

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  1. RainStorm

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    I woke up this morning to a loud thud. It startled me, but I went back to sleep. Then I realzed the dogs weren't onlthe bed. I got up.

    I walked to the kitchen, and the door was wide open! I looked out the open door, and saw the back gate was wide open! Oh my God, it took a moment to realize, but then it sunk in -- my dogs were gone! I live in the city! I live near some very busy steets! I was terrified my dogs would end up hit by a car!

    I immediately threw on some clothes and went looking for them. I cme back and got the car. I looked for over an hour. I came back to see if anyone had found them (from their tags) and had called the house.

    Now I guess in my head I thought maybe I hadn't closed the door tight and the wind had opened it. I have a very old house, so it is possible. But I am a finantic about the gate. I couldn't imagine how it got open.

    As I walked in the house, I saw the crowbar marks on the back door. Oh my gosh, the thud I heard had been a burglar breaking in!

    Now the real panic set in -- had the dogs gone after the burglar, or did the burglar steal the dogs? (They are both purebreds.)

    I spent the next 4 hours driving up and down the streets of my neighborhood, through the city park, at the area surrounding the zoo, at the boat launch -- I called their names until my voice was hoarse.

    I came home and phoned Animal Welfare. They said they hadn't picked them up but to drive out and fill out missing dog reports. I called the microchip company and notified them the dogs were missing, which led to them faxing a missing dog poster to every vet in the area.

    I called the school and was so upset I couldn't tell them what happened. I just said "I'm dealing with an emergency -- I'll be there when I can get there." (Thank goodness my colleages took care of my students!)

    Finally, in total dispare, I head to the Animal Welfare office. As I was driving, I thought, you know there's a road behind the city park where the employees and buses park. I didn't go down there. So I detoured and drove down there. All the way at the end, by the waterfront, I saw two city vans and an Animal Welfare van. I jumped out and ran over (well, as close to running as I could do) and asked if they'd seen 2 dogs. The officer pointed, and there, stood one of my beautiful dogs, covered in mud and briar. They had cornered him against the water, and he had jumped into the river to get away! They had been trying for 1/2 an hour to catch him. They said he wouldn't come to anyone.

    I called out his name, and all of the sudden his whole body "wagged." He swam in, dragged over the mud, and ran to me -- almost knocking me over!

    I was happy to have him, and put him in the car. Sadly, I said, "What about my other dog, and I described her." The officer said "Oh, I already have her on the truck!" and got her and handed her to me! I've never felt such happiness and relief! My dogs are like my children.

    I did end up taking my big dog to the vet -- as he ws shaky and limping -- I was so afraid he had been hit by a car before I got there, but the vet said he hadn't -- that he was just physically exhausted and stiff from the cold water. We got him warmed up, and she game me some pain pills to give him and said let him rest for a few days.

    I don't care that somebody tried to break in! The repairman came and fixed the door, and eventually, I went to school, only to find my students were fine and having a great time being taught by the gifted specialist. Fortuantely for me, my administrators are all dog lovers so they totally understood. (I had, at least, called in.)

    So anyway, what a stressful, terrible, terrfying day! Thank goodness it had a happy ending!
     
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  3. Superteacher81

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    Wow! That really is terrifying! My dog is like my child as well so I understand! I'm so happy your dogs are back home with you!
     
  4. Kangaroo22

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    How scary! I'm sorry you had to go through that, but glad that you found them. Did the burglars steal anything from your house?
     
  5. Grammy Teacher

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    Wow, that's quite a story! I was on pins and needles reading it and so glad it turned out okay. I drop everything too if something is wrong with my animals.
     
  6. RainStorm

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    No. It appears he pried open the door, saw the dogs and ran. The dogs must have run after him. My big dog doesn't bark, but my little one does -- but I never heard a bark or anything other than the "thud" when the door was popped-open. I guess because I was asleep, I didn't realize what it was. I mean, who would expect someone to pry your door open while you are at home?

    The police said the burglar probably thought no one was home, and when he saw the big dog coming at him, ran.
     
  7. Upsadaisy

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    Those dogs deserve some great treats!! So glad they are safe.
     
  8. nayelismom

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    I'm glad you're safe!!
     
  9. giraffe326

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    I am glad everything worked out!
    How scary!
     
  10. JaimeMarie

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    I'm so glad you are ok and the dogs are ok. My dogs are my babies so i completely understand. What are you going to do to better protect yourself in your home?
     
  11. smalltowngal

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    Wow, Rain, what a scary way to start the morning. I'm glad that everything worked out ok.
     
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    I'm so happy your babies are safe and sound.
     
  13. TeacherSandra

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    oh RainStorm!!! Your title to your post was perfect...you did have a horrifying day; I'm so sorry to hear that; I'm so happy that your dogs are fine and you are fine. :hugs:
     
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    Wow! What a wonderful ending to what could have been a horrible, horrible day for you and your dogs.
     
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    I'm so glad everyone is ok!!!!!
     
  16. ~mrs.m~

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    How scary for you, in more ways than one! I am so glad an intruder did not make it into your home and that your dogs were safe... a lot to be thankful for.
     
  17. lemonhead

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    I can't even imagine that or what must have been going through your head.

    I am so happy it had a happy ending. :hugs:
     
  18. Peachyness

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    Wow, rain, what a day!!! Thank goodness you got your babies back safe and sound and you are safe and sound too. This makes me want to get a dog of my own. I don't think my rabbit will be of much help if a bugler showed up. :D Okay, joking aside, I am really glad everyone is okay.
     
  19. kcjo13

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    Oh, Rain, I was dreading reading your story! I am so incredibly relieved that you are ok-and your babies too. Are you going to do something to protect your home? I don't want these jerks coming back!
     
  20. TennisPlayer

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    Wow....that gave me chills as I was reading your message. I am so happy that you have your dogs back.

    I helped my neighbor find her dog the other day when he got loose outside. A construction worker said the dog tried to protect the house by coming "at him" so he stepped out of the way and off he went. We found her dog too so they are both happy endings.
     
  21. Ms. I

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    Whew! I'm so glad you weren't hurt & your dogs were safe. You drove to that area at the right time to find them! I know exactly what you mean about your dogs being your babies.

    I know you'll be getting a stronger lock on your gate & doors now!
     
  22. Irishdave

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    I am so glad you have a happy ending with your "puppies"
    One time my daughter's friends left the front door open as we left to do some stupid teenage thing, when we got home there was the front door wide open and NO DeeOhGee! I was a mess, I ready to kill the teenagers! I jumped in the car to track her down when the neighbor across the street came out of her house carrying DeeOhGee, she has dogs too and knows DeeOhGee. The neighbor to this day doesn't know she saved some teenagers' lives!

    Again I am happy you found your dogs.
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    Yes my dog's name is D O G
     
  23. TeacherNY

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    That sounds terrifying!! I know my dog would probably do the same thing even though he is a little thing!! He barks loudly though so maybe it's enough to scare a burglar away. We live in a small town where there isn't a lot of break ins but we put little alarms on all the doors. When the door opens the alarm goes off. We're hoping that if someone DOES try to break in it will scare them off and/or alert us right away!
     
  24. Kindergarten31

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    It is so scary to have your dog(s) get loose. I am paranoid because my husband often forgets to close our backyard gate and says that Maddy wouldn't leave. No, but if she saw another dog or cat or squirrel, she wouldn't hesitate. And not only does she look part greyhound, she runs as fast as one and I think it would be so hard to catch her. You are so lucky your dogs were there and scared the burglar away. Whether they bark or not, dogs, especially larger ones, can be intimidating. Even if they are a huge baby, like mine! Glad everything turned out ok.
     
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    I am so glad that you got your dogs back Rain! Are you getting an extra lock on your door?
     
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    OMG - I don't know if I could have gone to work at all after that. My dogs are my children too and I would be completely freaked out. Glad to hear they are back home and well :2up:
     
  27. RainStorm

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    Oh, yes! Already done!
     
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    I am so glad that everything turned out okay. I am sure you are still shaken up though!
     
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    Oh, Rain...

    What a story. I WAS holding my breath through the entire reading... SO happy you have them back.

    YEARS ago my very old dog-deaf and partially blind- got out of our back yard and ended up in the window well of the neighbors' home..gone for hours and we were so scared.

    My heart goes out to anyone who loses their dear companion!
     
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    I'm so glad you will all live happily ever after!! What a day!
     
  31. czacza

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    Rain- I pm'd you but wanted everyone to read the following email safety tip (I just received today, believe it or not!!)



    EXCELLENT IDEA....!



    Put your car keys beside your bed at
    night
    I never would have thought of this. PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT.
    Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.'s Office,
    the check out girl at the market, everyone you
    run
    across. Put your car keys beside your
    bed at night.

    If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house,
    just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off,
    and the
    horn will continue to sound until either you turn
    it off or the car battery dies.
    This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home
    for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security
    alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test
    it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking
    until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob
    chain.
    It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes
    off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar/rapist
    won't stick around...after a few seconds
    all the neighbors will be looking out
    their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want

    that!

    And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot.
    The alarm can work the same way there.
    This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could
    save a life or prevent a sexual assault. My Mom has suggested to my Dad
    that
    he carry his car keys
    with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear
    him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

    P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic.
    It would also be useful for any emergency, such as a
    heart attack, where you
    can't reach a phone.

    What a GREAT
    idea!
     
  32. bonneb

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    Rain - So so happy you got your dogs back and are safe. It is interesting that they stuck together huh???

    I am one of those people who always picks up wandering dogs. I found one way out of town one day and he came straight to my car when I called him and jumped in the back! He was a little nervous but I kept talking to him and spent 45 min. checking the camp grounds, then taking him to the animal shelter. His folks did come and pick him up that night (paid $50).

    Another time I found 2 funny dogs wandering around together. One was a basset - a weakness of mine - and one was part basset and part something odd. He was blind! The two dogs had wandered a long way from home. Again, they jumped right in my van! At least the seeing one did, and the other let me help him in. It was so cute - I followed them a long time and the seeing dog led while the blind dog kept his head at the back hip of the seeing dog! Anyway, I called the vet and they told me whose dogs they were, and I located the woman.

    I can't stand to see dogs wandering around. I will usually call Animal Control to come pick them up so they will be safe. There is one little chihuahua who gets out a lot nearby, but she always cusses me out when I try to rescue her! No kidding!!

    Anyway, glad all is well. I do keep my keys by my bedside at night, but I don't have a car alarm. i keep them there because if someone got in my home and got my keys, they would have a key to my car and my house and my school and my church - everything! But it is a fantastic idea for anyone with a car alarm. Those small door alarms sound like a good idea too.

    I am still in shock this happened to you! I would totally freak if my dog was missing, let alone if someone broke into my house. Give those doggies a really good treat tonight!
     
  33. ChristyF

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    Rain, I am so glad that everything turned out ok. I know how you felt, looking for your furbabies. My cat got loose at the vet's office (she panicked when a truck beside us cranked up and got out of her harness). I spent almost 6 hours in the woods behind the vets office traipsing through mud, briars, and things I don't want to think about to get her back. Even my dad, who is a non-cat person spent several hours back there with me.
     
  34. cutNglue

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    My dog was the same way in terms of letting others near her vs. me. I have seen her cornered a few times and then a call from me sent a surge of relief through her and she comes running to me with no hesitation. I'm certain your dog was as thrilled as you were that you showed up and rescued her from that frightening situation.

    I've had to go through this several times. One time I found my dog at night (black/grey toy poodle) hidden in the bushes covered in sticker burrs. She was such a mess that I had to pay the vet to put her to sleep and get them out/shave her. The only reason I found her at all was because I saw a glimpse of light reflecting off her eyes and paused. She was terrified!

    I'm glad you they are home safe and the burglars and that you ended up safe. I would definitely check into getting some security put in and of course give those dogs a good treat. The keys beside the bed is a good tip. I've never thought of that! Of course I'm one of those absent minded people and I can't keep up with my keys most of the time.
     

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