After a few hours of nervous sleep, we woke up and went back into the woods and made some flyers to leave in mailboxes. As soon as 8 AM rolled around, I called our vet and local animal control. Calling animal control seemed like a hokey thing to do at the time, especially since where we live many dogs wander around the woods and always return home. But two hours later, we had a call that she had been spotted a mile or so away.
A woman had seen Tillie on her farm earlier that morning (I started crying JUST because this meant she hadn't been eaten by coyotes or bear), so this woman and I spent a couple of hours walking her property and searching the woods up by her. No luck, but on my drive back home, I spotted a tiny little basset ball under a pine tree. Tillie was nervous and hungry, but unharmed and safe.
We'll be back to regularly scheduled posting tomorrow now that my crisis is averted. Take a sec to make sure your dogs' collars are up to date with your phone numbers and stay warm as temperatures drop like crazy today... and stay home, Tillie!
|Reunited and it feels so good...|