Friday, February 6, 2015

A trifecta of woe.


Avalanches in the mountains and a constant fall of snow here. A woman at the Post Office counter has told the French teacher that there's a group of gypsies stealing dogs. This folklore ( for that's what it is ) does little for the owners peace of mind. Reassurance is given. It's quite improbable that a group of dog traffickers would come to the village at that very moment, wait until the start of a blizzard and then decide to kidnap her dogs as they charge across the fields in the dark.  


The mayor has marshaled the local farmers and their dogs to look. There's not a trace of the two errant hounds to be found. Bob helps in the search down by the lake.



The French teacher is suffering from an admixture of guilt ( if only I hadn't let them out ), fear ( what if they've been sold for testing ?  ) and uncertainty ( perhaps they're sheltering in a barn ?) . She's upset in a way that non-dog owners can never understand. Tomorrow might be the time to plant the idea that the two youngsters fell asleep together in the forest and simply didn't wake up again. 

At bedtime Bob and Sophie get an extra tickle.

18 comments:

  1. Hope the French teacher finds her dogs... safe and sound...

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  2. Pictures of snow usually fill me with a childlike happiness, but not today.
    I hope for the best possible outcome.
    x

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  3. Duke and Petite-Chose at 2GFebruary 6, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    We can feel for the French teacher, but hope, too, that the dogs are safe and warm somewhere. Perhaps they aren't too far away, and will make their way home again when the snow has stopped. With all that snow we shouldn't think they could be too far away, and are surprised that Bob hasn't sniffed them out yet. Everywhere looks beautiful in the snow and we notice that nothing is stirring - except for the delightful duo! Extra tickles from us to them both.

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  4. Hope they show up somewhere, sometime!

    Incidentally, maybe Bob needs a red vest, he is certainly well camouflaged in that last picture.

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  5. But fellow dog owners fully understand the torment that poor lady is going through

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  6. I was hoping for good news today that the goldens had been found...still I'm not giving up hope for their safe return.
    The French teacher has a worldwide group of support who empathise with her.....we want a happy outcome.
    I am captivated by the beautiful snowy photos....I know you were collecting photos of the ROF through the years, maybe some of these photos can be added to your collection.

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  7. I am feeling so badly for your French teacher. Is anyone scouring the internet for leads? This story of a man finding his dog after 18 months is a hopeful one: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/richard-brower-finds-stolen-dog-and-best-buddy-dozer-online-1.2933321

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  8. Has the owner tried all the local SPAs, and then those further afield? It might be worth asking Doglinks if they could put out an alert... it's got to be worth a try.

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  9. It might be worth putting a notice on Chien-perdue, too. Can't see them on there at the moment, but if I found a dog (or two), I'd look there.

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    1. What a good idea. Thank you. I've sent her the link.

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  10. Everyone keep looking! They have got to be somewhere....

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  11. I was so hoping for good news. At least the mayor has marshalled folks and you and others seem to be doing whatever you can. Invoking the Power of the Paw for these lost doggers!!!

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  12. I suspect they are holed up in an out building somewhere or someone has taken them in during the storm and they are snug as a bug and well fed until the Good Samaritan can get out n about. Most country folks will shelter animals during a storm. Well, except for that guy that doesn't feed his cattle in your neighborhood.

    Pam....keeper of Bonnie n Kenzie

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  13. I do hope they find their way home. If they're healthy dogs, missing a meal or two won't hurt, and they can eat snow for water if holed up in a barn or shelter somewhere. Keeping our paws crossed.

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  14. Were the dogs wearing collars with identification? This is so upsetting :( I've always thought that would be the hardest thing - losing a pet and just never knowing what happened to them...

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