Some people tried to catch me, but I ran away from them. I just didn't know where I was or who I could trust.
Luckily, there were lots of stores and restaurants around, so I found garbage cans to eat from, which was better than nothing. I also found rats in the town dump not bad! And there were lots of houses with outbuildings where I could hide. There was also a junkyard with lots of old cars to hide in.
My First New England Blizzard
That was good, because a few days later Valentines Day, they called it something really scary happened. Lots of icy, cold white stuff fell out of the sky and piled up, and the wind blew really hard. I'd never seen anything like it or been so cold in my life. And everything froze, so it was hard finding water to drink. There was a river near the dump, but it didn't taste very good, but I didn't have much of a choice ughh!
I was out there for three whole weeks, and I got pretty good at finding my way around and not getting caught...or hurt although I came close one day when I was running north in the southbound lane of Route 93! (I found out later that a whole bunch of people called the police to tell on me!) I quickly found that traveling at night was the easiest and least scary, when things were quieter, and there weren't so many people around.
But skunks travel at night, too, and I guess they want the whole place to themselves! I found out the hard way, when I went to sniff one, and he sprayed me right in the face! That really stunk (and it stuck to my fur for weeks afterward).
Trapped Like....Oh, Rats
One night (around three o'clock in the morning, actually), after another big snowstorm, I went to one of my favorite houses, where I had discovered that a lady put her cat's leftover food out every night (yum!). This particular night, though, I smelled something especially yummy. Much better than cat food, even. It smelled like meatballs and hot dogs and bacon all at once! In other words...it smelled like heaven.
Thing is, though, it was in this wire cage thing, which was a little weird. But, oh, boy, it smelled sooo good like...oh, boy! I just couldn't resist, so I went into the cage thing, and not only did I find this fabulous meatball casserole with red sauce, but also an amazing marrow bone stuffed with chicken livers and bacon hanging from the inside of the back wall of the cage. Oh boy! I just had to have it, so I bit onto it and yanked at it.
Next thing you know, something hit my fuzzy butt and startled me, but when I turned to run away, I couldn't get out! I didn't know whether to be scared or thrilled...after all, I was trapped with a smorgasbord feast of the best food ever!
No Longer Lonely
Soon, the nice lady who lived in the house she told me her name is Lois came out to keep me company. She brought a lawn chair out and a camp lantern, and she just sat there with me talking softly and soothingly and offered me bits of hot dog through the cage wire. It was very reassuring, and I felt like she must love me...and I loved her right away, too!
And then a few other ladies (I found out their names are Lisa, Joanne, Holly, Angie, and Chris) came and carried the cage with me still in it! into the lady's garage and let me out. There was a lot of hugging and kissing and laughing and picture taking, and at first I was a wee bit nervous, but it seemed like they didn't mean me any harm. Then, they put a harness and leash on me, and they haven't let me out of their sight since! That's okay, just keep the treats coming...!
How I Was Found
I found out that the ladies had been looking for me for the whole three weeks that I was out there! They put my picture up all over town and told everyone about me, and the newspaper did a story on me and everything I guess I was kind of famous! Lois and her kitty, J.Henry, heard about me, and when they saw me in their backyard one day, they called the other ladies to tell them. Then, they kept putting food out for me, so I kept coming back. J.Henry was very concerned about me, and he sat in his window looking out for me until I was safely trapped.
The thing they said did the trick was finding out about a Web site called www.lostdogsearch.com, created by a lady named Debbie especially to help lost dogs like me! Debbie has helped to find and save many lost dogs, and she has all kinds of information, advice, and tips to offer. My rescue ladies called her site a "Dog-send!" and hope that anyone who has a dog will read the site before their dog gets lost, because someday they might need to use it.
My New Life in Maine
The ladies had already decided not to send me back to the people who adopted me, because they hadn't done anything to help find me...and, besides, they'd already gotten a new puppy!
Lisa told me that she loved me very much...she'd worried about me for so long that she said she felt like she already knew me...and that she wanted me to come home with her.
First, though, I stayed for a week with a lady named Christine, who volunteers for a dog rescue group. She gave me lots of love and took me to the vet and trained me to "come" and "stay" (I got lots of yummy treats for doing those really simple things it was a pretty good deal). Then, when Christine felt sure I wouldn't run away again, I got to go to Lisa and Sheldon's house, and I've been there ever since.
It seems that my glory days of being a real, wild, woof-like dog are over, now...but I'm eating a lot better (I've regained some of the 10 pounds I lost), and I have a warm, comfy bed, so I guess I can't complain. I do like my comforts...
I really like it here. I think Lisa and Sheldon love me a lot they hug and kiss me all the time. Lisa...er...Mom...keeps telling me how squishy and kissable my lips are, and she kisses me right on them! And she gives me lots of toys...including tennis balls...but I'm still not quite sure what to do with them.