I've been hunting my lab for the past two seasons and he's been nothing short of phenomenal. Well, this past saturday, I left him out in the yard (unbeknownst to me that the gate was unlocked), went inside to take a shower, came back outside, and he was gone. I drove all around the neighborhood for an hour and I never saw him.
Now he's left a couple of times in the past, but he has always come home within a few hours. Not this time. To make matters worse, I was soaking his collar in the sink when he decided to go on his adventure. So now I've got a lost dog with no ID.
He didn't come home saturday night and as the day wore on sunday, I decided to call and place an ad in the paper. Only thing was that it was not supposed to run until tuesday.
So I got up monday, still no dog. By this time, I had started to get really concerned. I took the day off work and started calling all the animal control offices in my area. I also called the road crews for the worse case scenario.
After I made up a bunch of flyers (including a $300 reward) I started driving around posting. I also stopped by a couple of vet offices and they hadn't heard anything.
After I had posted a bunch of flyers, I drove over the state line (which is about 4 miles away) and was driving down one of the side streets. I was talking to a buddy of mine and was telling him what had happened when I pulled up to a light pole and see a flyer posted that reads "Found, Male Black Labrador" with a picture and a phone number. As soon as I grabbed the flyer and looked at the picture, I realized that it was him!
I just got really lucky and will make sure I send an extra one up to the Man upstairs tonight.
I don't want him to run off anymore, so this begs the question. If I get his nuts cut, will he still hunt just as well? Will he still run off? I don't really want to do it because, well, I mean, come on. It's his nuts. But, I'd rather have a nutless dog than no dog at all. Any input would be appreciated.
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