Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dumb Dogs!

This is Mac (female) and Ali (male).  They are brother and sister and have been with us since the day they were born.  We love them. 
I wanted to include a picture so you can keep them in mind
as you read their story.


The other night at 11:30, Erika and Tyler came over to work on the Christmas puzzle laid out on our kitchen table.  I had already headed to bed so I asked them to just lock the door on their way out.  No big deal.

At 4:00am as I made my way to the bathroom, I noticed how cold the house was and looked down the stairs to find our front door wide open.  There had been a cold wind during the night that had blown the door open.  It had been locked but apparently not latched.  (again, no big deal had there not been a wind).

My first thought was not for the loss of our tv or computers.  It was "Oh crap!  The dogs!"  We have two boxers who love to run out an open door.  They also, usually, sleep in the upstair's hallway but have lately been jumping the little fence we put up to keep them there.  They, on the other hand, love to sleep on the couch!  Hence, the jumping of the fence.

As an example of how they love to run...On one of our visits to Colorado, we received a call from someone who had found them on Center Street in Provo headed to the freeway.  Center Street is about two miles away from our house.  Our dog sitters had no explanation as to how the dogs got out.

Anyway, I ran to our back door in hopes that Terry had forgotten to let them back in after their potty break.  (I know, I'm an optimist)  Of course, they weren't there.  Melissa woke up and we were both freaking out.  We could see their little footprints in the snow and KNEW they were gone.  I woke Terry up and he said we should wait for daylight when we could see them. Honestly, I was sick to my stomach about them being gone forever.

Before I went back to bed, I checked the back door once more thinking they may be under the porch for shelter (again, an optimist).  I hollered and whistled.  No response.  I thought, though, that I heard their tags clinking.  I called again and knew I could hear them.  Melissa told me to check out front (duh!).  I ran to the front door and there they were.  Two dumb dogs standing in the middle of the road looking like they had just had the time of their lives.  We were all totally shocked that they had stayed so close to home.  Maybe they had been running in and out all night long...who knows?

Let me just apologize in advance to our entire neighborhood who may have been affected by these two big lugs.  I just hope there aren't some funky looking boxer mixes running the streets in a few months.

9 comments:

Keri said...

I am glad to hear you still have your dogs! They are such a part of the family. It would have been very sad if they never returned. We have 2 dogs also and can relate somewhat on them taking off when ever they want. You gotta love em though! :-)

Keri said...

I love your photo of the weekish idea!! I may have to steal that idea... I hope you don't mind. lol

2tontansy said...

I haven't gotten my package of Christmas goodies yet. Did they get lost on their way to the post office? I'm glad your dogs didn't get into too much trouble, that you know of.

Kari said...

I am so happy the dogs are safe and made it home. I know I would be freaking if little Dexter ever got loose. Who knows where that sniffer would take him?

Erin said...

That story is soooo funny because I can completely picture them doing that!!

emlizalmo said...

Scary...I'm so glad they are home safe and sound. You are funny. :)

Erika said...

Oooh, I love them.
And you, of course.

Meaddows said...

Tami, I'm sorry your dogs gave you such a scare, but their guilty expression is priceless!

They're cracking me up in the candy-making pictures, too. What a couple of characters!

Tyler said...

Many a sad evenings would have passed if they had been lost forever. I mean who would lay on me while I was trying to do my homework, and who would pee on erika? I just don't know...

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