Friday, May 12, 2006

Millie to the Rescue!

I had an absolutely wonderful experience on Tuesday. I almost hit a chihuahua.

Now that I have your attention . . .

Really. I almost hit a little chihuahua. He ran out in the road, I stopped, he realized that he was in a very bad location and he turned around and ran back into the vacant lot where he and his buddy had been playing. I noticed that both little guys were wearing tags so I turned my car around and parked on the side of the street. Little Guy #2 came right up to me and was instantly my pal which was great because that meant that I could read his tag and find a phone number to call.

What a scary call to get! "Hi! My name is Millie and I have your dog." Turns out Chuy and Marty (the chihuahua and Little Guy #2 respectively) found a way out of the yard over the weekend. They thought they had fixed the problem, but apparently not. Doggie Daddy was extremely grateful that I actually stopped to help his two canine kids and told me that he couldn't leave, but he would call his wife and send her to my house immediately. I told him that was fine, I would definitely have Marty there, but by this time Chuy had run off again. Turns out we were only three houses away from their house and Chuy had gone home. I told him that I would put the two runaways in the back yard and wait for Doggie Mommy to get there to make sure they didn't slip out again.As I escorted Marty and Chuy into the backyard I was greeted by Sam, a Sheltie, and Hobbes, a beautiful brown and black Great Dane. For a split second I was worried that the Dane would be territorial, but she was a sweetie. She came right up to me and looked me over then nudged me for a pat. Chuy, on the other hand, decided that he was now a watch dog and growled that fierce, earth-rumbling chihuahua growl - like a German Shepherd on helium. Once I had made friends with Hobbes and Sammy I decided that I should go ahead and go back out front. It didn't really seem right to wait in their backyard.

It was a wonderful wait. Their house is THE house in my neighborhood. Every time I drive or walk by I try to sneak a peek into the backyard because what I can see of the yard looks amazing. What a fun gift to be able to do a good deed AND get to see the backyard of my dreams!! And it was indeed wonderful. They have a large stone patio with a stand alone fireplace. How cool is that? They have a small in-ground pool with a sandbox near it (for their grandkids when they visit). And there is a large deck/balcony coming out from the second floor. The way the house is situated in the neighborhood, there are no houses behind it. It looks out onto undeveloped land (which I really hope stays undeveloped.)

The house itself looks like a sweet little bed and breakfast with a cozy front porch, lots of huge trees giving it shade and hanging and potted plants everywhere. As I sat in a comfy chair on the front porch I noticed that one of the hanging plants looked like it was in need of water. This was very out of place because every other plant was well taken care of. I realized why they had "neglected" it when a bird flew to the rim of the planter with a bug in its mouth and I heard tiny chirps from under the leaves. (I then got a thorough blessing out by Mama Bird for being too close to her nest.)

Doggie Mommy got there about 15 or 20 minutes later. She got out of her car and gave me a huge smile and a huge hug. She just kept thanking me over and over for helping their "kids" make it back home. I told her that it was worth it to get to see her backyard!

I came home, put away the groceries and then went out to trim my roses. A few minutes later I saw her drive by and we waved at each other. It felt good to know another face and name in the neighborhood. Later on that evening the doorbell rang. It was Doggie Mommy with a beautiful hanging plant for my backyard. I love making new friends!

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