Gaihji is a cute little male Pom that I recently rescued from Animal Control. He was a stray that no one claimed...poor little guy...a stray the end of December...scarey and cold.
The vet clinic was not able to get him scheduled right away for his neuter surgery and dental...so he came home. It was a perfect opportunity to get this little guy groomed (thanks to Sarah at Golden Days Doggy Daycare and Grooming) before surgery. He looked handsome...blonde, fluffy and cute (inspite of the fact that his bottom teeth grow forward...unique characteristic). And of course, we had not put his collar and tag back on yet.
Gaihji went to work with me today so he could be dropped off at the vet clinic tonight for surgery tomorrow. He was being such a good boy. I had to run some errands, so I left him at work with everyone there. About two hours later I got "the call"..."do you have Gaihji"? Apparently a back door of the office was left open and no one could find the little guy. I hit every darn red light on the way back to work...stressing and worried. Once there, I searched everywhere...work stopped and everyone was looking for him. No one could console me. I called Animal Control, called the Anchorage Daily News to run a lost ad and found a friend to help me place a notice on Craig's List. Although one of the neighboring businesses reported they believed a gentleman in a white Jeep type vehicle may have picked him up...I continued to search until it was way too dark. Drowning in tears and worried to death...I could not find him anywhere. Of course my imagination was working overtime...I was scared he was still out there, alone, in the dark, cold...another similar adventure he had recently endured...heartbreaking.
Once home...I had to care for the other dogs...but I was still so worried. About an hour later came a call...it was the gentleman that found Gaihji running on the frontage road. Apparently several people were trying to catch him with no luck. This gentleman has dogs of his own...he was not going to give up catching this little guy so he did not have to survive on his own. Gaihji was scared and would not go to anyone. The gentleman got bit four times while he collected Gaihji and put him in his truck...Gaihji also pooped all over him...that did not stop him...he took Gaihji home. He kept checking Craig's List to see if someone reported the little dog lost. All I could do was cry with happiness (now) while I heard the story and got a very sincere and stern lecture about letting a little dog like Gaihji run loose. Even though I tried to explain it was not intentional and that I was not there when he went on his walk-about, I was not spared the concerned and caring lecture about pet safety...good for him...he cared enough to give me hell for not being careful enough.
Gaihji is safe, at home, sleeping peacefully in our warm home...and irritated that all we want to do is touch him to make sure this is real.
We are very lucky...usually little dogs don't come back (people keep them), there are several big dogs that run loose in the area that could have hurt or killed him, he (apparently) almost got hit by several cars...numerous other things can happen...BUT they did not happen. Does he have nine lives? So far he is truly tested two of them...he has been a "stray" twice now.
From now on...he will be in a kennel while at work. No more chances of unexpected open doors. And his new home will have to be truly secure and new parents very safety oriented...cuz apparently this little guy has "gypsy feet" and loves to travel.
To the gentleman and all the other people who tried to save Gaihji...THANK YOU...from the bottom of my heart...Thank You. To my friends, Animal Control staff, co-workers and Anchorage Daily News Classified staff who took my frantic phone calls and endured my tears...Thank You. Your loving, caring words and prayers were so helpful...and you were right...he came home!
It was a not-so-good day...but it definitely improved. This has not happened to me in years...I am usually very safety oriented with these new little rescues. For all of us that have had this horrible experience, I pray it never happens again.
Off to hug Gaihji again...Carol