We had a major scare last night. We were having dinner at my parents house. Now some of you know that Cooper our ruby cav is in the process of patella ops so is being confined at the moment. I was out in the garden taking him to go to the toilet and then brought him in for a quick couch cuddle before taking him home.
My parents were seeing my brother, his wife and their cav Rockford out. Our elder cav Fergus has had a tendancy in the past to dash out the front door and go exploring so mum and dad know to keep any eye on him and keep the front door shut. Unfortunately last night when seeing everyone off they obviously weren't paying attention to fergus and he somehow got out the front door and went off exploring down the street without any of them noticing!
So they came back in and my hubby went out in the yard to get Fergus into his harness so we could leave and he was nowhere to be found. We were so panicked and so angry at my parents. It was already dark so we were expecting a futile drive around the streets in the dark to find our little man.
Fortunatley he walked up to a lady taking her cav for a walk. She saw he had tags with a phone number so instead of leaving him on the street in the dark, she took him home and rang us. We keep my parents number on the tag as well - since they stay there a lot. She lived just around the corner so we went to go get him and found him having an absolute ball playing with this other gorgeous blenheim cavie. We were so relieved and my parents escaped the abusing of a lifetime. I felt so guilty as well but I was so focussed on Cooper. I'm just so thankful we got him back and we're so lucky this lady took him with her and called us so we got him back safe and sound. Even though I'm sure that he just thought he'd had a great adventure.
So as if we needed it, another word of warning on how easily these little dogs can get distracted by things and all of a sudden we've lost the love of our lives. And they may not always find such wonderful people who'll look after them and contact the owners.