Skye ran away this afternoon. I had the front door open, I was cleaning the bathroom, her and Jada were coming and going, lounging around. Then she was gone.
First order of business - don't panic! She'll be back. Momentarily, even.
I whistled and called for about 15 minutes and still nothing. Many more moments passed. Nothing.
Here's what happened after that.
1) I had to DO something so I got in my car and drove down the road both ways, whistling.
2) Came back home. Nothing. Whistled/called.
3) Drove again. While driving, I interceded with God. I prayed but it was a very (bold!) prayer. He says to come with confidence and I did. Then I praised a little.
4). Went home. Nada
5) Laid on my bed and cried next to Jada for about two seconds.
6) Talked to Katie - she said, "have you called mom?". No. So I did. And cried a little. She assured me that Skye's nose would get her home.
7) I determined not to lay and cry. I was going to believe. I told God I trusted Him.
8) I sat on the porch, whistled, called. Prayed. Stared at the woods, expecting her to pop out, for me to hear her collar jingle.
I was thinking thoughts like, "How can I be so irresponsible?", "Am I really going to lose two dogs in a year's time?", "How will I explain this to everyone?", "I'm leaving this house in three days. What if she comes back here after I'm gone but I'm not here?", "Will somebody shoot her?", "I hope she hasnt killed anyone's livestock."
I picked up the blanket that was in my lap, walked over to my car, opened the door, hit the button to open the hatch back (I'm not entirely sure why), started walking to the back of my car, heard a jingle, looked up and here she comes down the driveway, straight to me.
I clung onto her collar, started crying, and sank into my seat in the car. Then, mechanically, I put her in my car, and walked into the house.
Once in the house, I proceeded to give myself a headache from excessive sobs and nearly caused myself to hyperventilate.
Why? I'm not entirely sure.
Maybe because I trusted and I was so overcome by His mercy on me when I saw my crazy, $6,000 dog jogging up the driveway, and I knew I was truly blessed.
I know not everyone will really understand because not every one has dogs that mean to them what mine mean to me. But basically, I told God, "Look, I can't handle this right now in my life and I need you to bring her back to me - for my sake, please.". I know my mom's prayer was somewhat similar for me.
It never ceases to amaze me that the "piddly" things in life, He cares about. Afterall, he did create her, he gave her the nose she uses for tracking, and her ability to annoy the piss out of me.
But he also did what I beseeched him to - kill the trail she was on and bring her blasted nose back to me.
And Skye has lost all of her off-leash priveleges...for a long time.
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