Monday, June 06, 2011


The miracle of all miracles happened yesterday when we found our beloved Scout!

Bell and I had gone to the store and on the way there she talked about how she had not been sleeping well since Scout went missing because of nightmares that whoever had her was fighting her or abusing her in some other way. I had asked her a couple times if she would like to get another dog but she declined saying that would be like replacing one of her parents should anything every happen to us.

On the way back from the store we decided to go down an out of the way road where we hadn't looked before. We found nothing. Then as we pulled into our driveway my neighbor from about a quarter mile up the road pulled in behind us and I asked him if he had seen our puppy. He said, "The brindle pit bull with a black collar?" and we showed him the flyer and he said, "Yep that's her....she's been at the house for over a week."

What's strange is that I had stopped by his place three times but was too afraid to get out because he owns about 4 large pits and his truck was never there. I never saw Scout out in the yard with the rest of them so I didn't figure she was there.

We jumped back in the truck and went straight over there and as soon as Bell opened her door Scout leaped in and started loving her to death. Scout was a little worse for the wear. Much skinnier and flea and tick infested because her flea and tick pill had worn off while she was gone....but she was otherwise ok. Neighbor said he had wormed them all last week.

We brought her home and the first thing she did was bound in the house and steal Saul's rawhide bone and hop on the couch. She is such a turd. Bell and I gave her a long bath to rid her of bugs, fed her lots, loved on her for a long time and the first thing she did when she went back out was steal some goose eggs, which seem to be her favorite food.

Saul was so happy she was home I swear he smiled. I took him out to play with her in the fence and they had a ball....although she is a tad more snappy than she was before she left. I guess having to fend off three or four other large pit bulls for two weeks brought out the worst in her. But, I'm sure she will settle down in time and once again become the sweet baby we know and love.

Bell went to bed early last night and slept well. In fact, she is still sleeping.

I can't figure out why she just didn't come home. The neighbor's where she was hiding out is like a quarter mile from here and surely she knew the way. But, who knows the minds of dogs? We are just ecstatic that she has returned unharmed. We will be reinforcing the fence so that miss Houdini stays in her own yard from now on.

Black Spiked Leather Dog Harness, Large 17-24" (Neck). Pitbull, Boxer, Etc.


Anonymous said...

Great news! I almost had to quit looking at your column, with that photo of a poor lost dog.

TheEvilOne said...

My dog Rexx and I are glad to read that Scout is back. I have been checking back each day since you posted that she went missing.

May I suggest that you make sure both dogs are both microchipped and wear dog tags with your contact details.

It seems to take some time for a dog to come to the decision that it wants to stay with the mixed human canine feline pack that adopts it. Young dogs often wander and don't necessarily know the way home. When a dog going for a walk and it sniffs everything it is learning geography but it probably needs more than one traverse of each route before it has a full mental map.

Best wishes to Snoot from Rexx (dog), Hu Zi (cat) and from me.

Loretta Nall said...

Thanks EvilOne,

As soon as we have the funds we will get Scout micro-chipped. I had a chip placed in Saul a couple years ago. We also plan to get Scout spayed because we don't need or want any puppies. After volunteering at the Animal Shelter for the past couple weeks I've come to the conclusion that there should be no more breeding until all doggies currently available (and there are probably millions) have found a home. I cry every time we go up there. All those sweet puppies are just so grateful for human contact and a little love. It is so damn sad. There isn't one I haven't fallen in love with. I'd bring them all home if I could.

When we go back to volunteer at the shelter next week Scout is getting tags. Saul already has his. We weren't planning to get another dog when Scout showed up half starved to death a few months ago. But, she was so pitiful and hungry I couldn't turn her out. I fed her because I can't stand to see anything hungry and my daughter fell in live with her from day one. We looked for a good home for her but weren't able to come up with anything so she stayed. And we are happy she did....except we didn't have a budget for her. But it will all work out in the end. She's worth the extra expense for all the happiness she brings my daughter and all the giggles she brings the rest of us. She is a total clown.