The Prodigal Has Returned

So yes, remember the week of my surgery? Something else happened that week that I never got a chance to blog about. We lost our dog Quincy on that Wednesday.

Honestly, we weren't too worried. We knew we'd get her back.

That may seem like a callous reaction at first glance, but oh, you do not know this dog.

She's a runner.

I can't remember how many times she's ran away from us since we got her, but it's a big number. The first time we were worried and I cried, and we thought we'd never see her again. Then we got her back.

Then she ran away again, and we got her back again.

And again.

And again.

Everytime she runs away, we get her back somehow. So it's kind of gotten to the point where we don't even think twice when she runs away. Usually this is what happens.

I call Derek: "Guess what?"

"What?" he says.

"Quincy ran away again," I say with a twinge of frustration.

Sigh from Derek's end of the phone. "When did that happen?"

"This morning. I drove around for a few minutes, but I couldn't find her."

"Oh well, she'll come back. She always does."

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, back to the story.

So she ran away the week of my surgery. Obviously alot was going on that week, so it took us a couple days to track her down. Derek finally found a small little ad placed on an online forum that said a small dog had been found on our street.

We knew it was her, but the people didn't leave a phone number! I mean, if you advertised a found dog, wouldn't you leave some way for the people to contact you?

Derek jumped through a few hoops, got a hold of the administrator for the forum, and got the number.

We called. The people wanted to keep her, which wasn't surprising. She's a cute dog. No wonder they didn't leave a number.

Oh, but that's not all. We found out that our little dog was no longer at the house just down the street.

No, our dog was in Missouri.

Apparently the people who found her had a trip scheduled and took her along. And they wouldn't be back for three weeks.

We waited the three weeks and wondered if they would ever come back.

Turns out they were delayed. We finally got her back last week. Four weeks after we had lost her.

She had been all over the country. And (surprise, surprise) we found out she had run away from the people who had found her too - twice. At least we know it's not just us.

It was kind of different having her back at first - we had lived with two dogs for a month, so when she came back it felt like we had gotten a brand-new dog again.

The prodigal dog has returned!

I'm afraid we didn't exactly kill the fatted calf. Instead we gave her a chewy and promplty beefed up our invisible fence.

Yep. That ought to hold her this time.


As a note - we really are glad to have her back. She's the happiest little dog I know, and it just wasn't quite the same with her gone.

And I was just thinking - isn't it great that no matter how many times we may stray from following our Master, the Lord Jesus, He always runs to us with open arms when we return? And He really does kill the fatted calf to celebrate. What a loving God we serve.

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Lauren said...

Our dog is a runner too. But so far, she makes her way back to the yard in a few hours. Except for one trip when she ran out of the car, now that was scary!

I'm glad you got her back (finally)! I can't believe that they took her to Missouri.

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Glad you have her back! It is frustrating when they run away!

Unknown said...

I was half laughing and half going "aww" throughout this post. I love how she is a runner but comes back. And the fact she went to another state is hilarious! She had her own little vacation!

Anne said...

Awwww...glad you found your puppy! Can't believe people just took her with them across the country!

Unknown said...

I am so glad she always comes back!! I would get so frustrated :) Oh and I really can't believe they took her to Missouri with them!!

Natalie said...

Oh my...what a silly dog! I can't believe someone would just take her to weird!
I'm so glad she's back though. I hope she doesn't go running back to whoever those people were or you might not get her back next time : )

Melanie said...

LOL she is one cute dog!! Glad she made her way back to you again..and even got to go on a really BIG adventure with this!

LeAnna said...

I feel much the same way about our animals when they run off. I'm not too attached, though. Ours have been to dog jail, but for whatever reason their 2 acre backyard just isn't enough!

Melissa said...

Well, what an adventure she had on this little run, didn't she!? HAHA! That's crazy she went on a trip with them! & i guess they didn't leave a number on purpose...they really liked her! SO GLAD you got her back, though! :) She's a cutie!

DaisyGirl said...

Oh my!! That's some story. and some dog! Sounds like you could make a movie out of her escapades! hehe. And, in all seriousness, I like how you compared it to the way God treats us. Thanks for the great post!!

Amanda said...

the story of the prodigal son is one of my favorites! so glad your pup came back! she is CUTE!!!!! and funny! :)

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

lol, what a pain! She is adorable though, I can't believe they asked to keep her AND took her to another state! The gall!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! What a crazy little dog! She is cute though!

Ashley said...

Aww, I'm glad she's back! What a crazy story - I'm glad they gave her back to you! :) I love the title of this post, hehe :)

Kate Craig said...

it's really kind of wrong that they took her! Do you have a collar with your phone number on her?

Beaker is the opposite of a runner... he's terrified to go anywhere without us! One day I found out that I had left the gate open all day and he never went near it.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't believe your dog ended up in Missouri! Our little dog would definitely be a runner if we let her. But we know she would get lost and would probably end up in Missouri too! Glad your puppy is back home safe.

AmyK said...

Wow, she had quite the little adventure! I can't believe she made it all the way to Missouri! I guess that's not THAT far from where you are--but to me it seems like a bajillion miles! ha.

Glad she's back, haha. Silly little dog.

Julie S. said...

I can't believe those people took her on vacation with them! Crazy! But I am SO glad she has returned!

Jessica said...

Wow, that's crazy!! I bet you missed him so much since he was gone for a whole month! But at least he's safe and sound with you guys now :-)

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