I’m back at the farm, I wasn’t supposed to be back yet but those two idiot dogs caused a change of plans. Everything was fine for about three days, catching up with MDW, eating food that you can only get in populated areas and watching the big screen TV. Then in the blink of an eye it all changed.
As is my usual practice, I make the dogs go outside after I feed them, in one end – out the other, so to speak. The day before yesterday when they went out, they managed to find a bit of the fence where the termites had a party and were able to break enough of it to get out. I know these guys, this was planned over the three days we were down there, they would have been working on the fence every time they were out the back.
They escape up here all the time but that’s ok, as you know there’s nothing up here but cows, so they usually just run around for an hour and come back. But on the Coast it’s different, here we’re talking a good sized regional centre with a population of around 400,000 so there’s a lot that can happen to them. Plus our place down there backs on to a huge nature reserve.
MDW and I walked around in the rainforest calling them for about an hour with no luck, then it got too dark to continue so we came home and hoped they would show up of their own accord like they usually do, they have escaped down there a few times, but this was around dusk which is always a bad time because the beagle picks up more scents then.
The didn’t come home that night.
Normally when I arrive on the Coast, the first thing I do is change their dog tags to ones that have our Coast phone number, but this time forgot. While you can get messages off the machine up here from anywhere, as I get very few calls and am rarely away from here, I’ve never learned how to do it. So unfortunately I had to drive the three hours between houses so I could check the machine.
I got here around 10:30am yesterday and there were four messages from a kind lady who the dogs had chosen to adopt (she had 4 young kids and my guys love kids). The first message was from around 2 hours after they got out, it took them that long to make their way through the reserve and end up three suburbs away. She sounded fine but was a bit concerned that as she had no fence the dogs might take off again, plus she couldn’t understand why the tags had a phone number from 200 miles away. The next three messages increased in anxiety with each message.
So I rang MDW and gave her the details and she drove around to get them, she’s going back today to give the lady a gift certificate and a thank you card. So I’m up here by myself until MDW comes up on Saturday to spend Christmas and New Year, in truth I’m enjoying myself, it’s been four years since I have been able to do anything I want without thinking of the dogs. You see, usually when I go shopping or up to Tamworth, I take them with me, but it’s too hot to do that right now so I have to secure them before I go.
Here’s the thing that pisses me off, she didn’t even have any fences yet they just hung around her front porch for a night and a day! The bastards.
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