Frantic: Daily Post prompt

I like to think I’m pretty calm in a crisis, the sort who deals with everything and everyone then when it’s all over, goes quietly into a corner and throws up.
However, when it comes to Maggie (our dog for readers unfamiliar with my blog) I am protective and a bit of a nervous wreck if I don’t know where she is or if she’s unwell.

I was out walking with MOH and our dogs when a GSD came bounding up to me, rolled over at my feet and waved her paws in the air for tummy rubs.
I recognised her, but there was no sign of her owner. No way I was going to leave her unattended, especially as there was a kiddies playground and main road not too far away.
I wasn’t worried about the dog with kids, more of any adults reaction seeing a loose GSD, as I’ve seen the way some react with a ‘Keep away! It’s dangerous’ attitude and one day walking in Poole High Street a man had two (perfectly well behaved) and it was like the parting of the Red Sea as people gave him a wide berth! Not me, I went up for fuss and got trashed in the nicest possible way!
I clipped on Maggie’s lead and brought her home, where I matched the surname and phone number on her tag to an address in the telephone directory.

It was only round the corner from where she’d greeted me, so Maggie got a second walk as I decided to take her home.
As I approached the road in question, a car screeched to a halt not too far in front of me and a woman came rushing up to me in blind panic.
‘You’ve got my dog!’ she gushed.
It was obvious the lady was anxious, worried, and extremely frantic but luckily she recognised me so realised I wasn’t trying to dognap her pet!
Sasha (the dog) was sitting quite calmly at my feet as I explained how I’d found her and not wanting to leave her to roam, taken her home to find her address and was bringing her back.
The woman was so relieved, you could see all the tension whoosh out of her body.
Apparently, she had fallen asleep in the garden and when she’d woken up, the gate was open and Sasha was gone! She had frantically called her name as she checked local gardens etc, then got in her car to see if she could cover more ground.
I assured her that all was well, that her dog had performed both businesses which were normal and I’d cleared them up.

Written for today’s Daily Post prompt.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Frantic: Daily Post prompt

  1. joyroses13 says:

    So glad you found Sasha and that her owner and her were able to be reunited!

  2. foguth says:

    It’s wonderful that Sasha knew to come to you for a tummy rub, so that you could set things right. It is also interesting to learn that you have a book where you could match the information on her tag to her home. Fascinating how different countries have developed different methods!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.

    • It was a standard telephone directory, so all I had to do was look up the surname (thank goodness it wasn’t Smith or Brown) and match the phone number. Our telephone directories are still in force ( posties are delivering them this week) but are only a quarter of the size they were due to smaller print and less people are relying on landlines I suppose. Maggie’s disc has our surname and mobile number on it, so if they couldn’t contact us by phone, they wouldn’t be able to find an address that way. I’d tried to ring the number on Sasha’s tag, but there was no reply, no doubt because ‘Mum’ was out looking for her.

      • foguth says:

        LOL, I haven’t seen a ‘standard phone directory’ in years. In our area, most people have cell phones, which are through several providers, and very few people have an actual house phone.

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