Thursday, March 13, 2008
Life was good until we got home around 10pm! Jim and I went out to dinner with his bestfriend Bert (Correctional Officer also), who really needed some Robyn time! He is going through a pretty rough time right now with his girlfriend. He came over and wanted to see the dog and help Jim move some furniture. Once, all that was done, we were enjoying chatting away on the driveway with the garage door up. Plenty of our neighbors saw Jim and I and waved. I smiled and waved back. The reason that was important will be brought up later in the post!
Once we gathered where we wanted to eat we closed the garage door and put fresh water down and walked out the front door.
We all meet up at Johnny Corino's in Natomas, we talked and really caught up! Around 930ish we all hugged and kissed and went our seprate ways. Jim and I chatted all the way home. I was driving. I pulled up into our garage and noticed a small note on our door. I parked. I went to retrieve the note. Here is what it read...and this is when my world came to a screeching halt!
"Dog found. Neighbor said he is yours. Grey/white male is now in your rear yard. Please call if he is not yours. E.G.P.D. (Elk Grove Police Department)"
My heart dropped to my shoes...tears sprang to my eyes. I bolted back into the garage and ran into the door that leads into the garage. And what greeted me at the door! MY GLACIER! I came down on both knees, sobbing with relief and hugging him tight around his neck. And ruffling his super, soft big ears. And kissed his sweet nose. Jim was running behind me and was completly baffled. I just handed him the card. I heard him gasp!
I almost tore into poor Jim. But thank god I held my tongue. I could not for the life of me think how my dog got out. Jim clued me in. They had moved a piece of furniture from the garage area and took it through the side gate. They came back around and I had met them in the garage and started gabbing. Since, we were all hungry and Bert really needed to talk to me. The boys FORGOT to close and lock the side gate. I covered my face! I couldn't bear the thought that action almost cost me my dog! My beloved Glacier, my 8 year old Glacier! My protection, my friend, my family!
Jim looked whipped, and then I saw them...tears welling up in those beautiful, bright blue eyes of his. He too, almost lost his friend and pal! And the worst part...it was his mistake. I never see Jim very emotional, ever (except when I told him I had cancer), and tonight. It was too much to bear for him...he kissed me on the forhead, grabbed the walking collar and leash and got Glacier ready for a walk. Glacier and his buddy needed to walk. The last thing I heard when Jim was walking out the front door...*patting Glacier on the head* I love ya buddy...and I am sorry! It broke my heart.
I flipped the card over and saw that there was an officer's name on there, so I called it. It was a voice mail...I thanked him for being so kind and returning our dog back into his yard. But also, wanted to find out what neighbor told him that it was our dog. See, Glacier didn't have his tags on just a relax around the house collar...just a collar so we can lead him or hold him when someone comes to the door.
The officer called back pretty quickly. And we chatted on how he came about to our house. Someone called, who said they thought something was wrong. They saw our dog out and our side gate open. Our neighbor who is also a Correctional Officer for Folsom, knew our dog. He called Glacier to him (didn't know his name but just 'here boy') and Glacier went to him all wiggly! And tail wagging. He then grabbed the collar and started to walk back to our house. He say the gate open...called out. No answer...walked in slowly got to our lawn in the back and noticed the slider open about 2 feet. Stopped in his tracks. Took the dog back to his house. Called the police, thinking fool play. Elk Grove PD responded in 10 minutes. Came talked to neighbor and saw the dog. Confirmed that he was ours. Then came to our house. Walked around our house and noticed slider open. Came inside to investigate. No one home except cat. Went back to neighbor, brought dog back to our house and shut side gate and placed note.
Glacier is happy and had quite an adventure tonight. And I am thanking my lucky stars that I am friendly, and always waving to my neighbors. And that they know my dog. THANK GOD! Thank god...there are wonderful people out there still. Thank god, Glacier isn't all scary and no one wanted to go near him. Thank god the EGPD didn't call the animal control! Thank god, I am home now and have now locked the side gate and have my Glacier safe and sound in our house. Thank god, I didn't rip into Jim, he was already feeling awful about the whole thing.
Friends this is why my world almost stopped...My beloved Glacier!
With much love,
Posted by Robyn Haas at 2:28 AM