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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Adventure We Could Have Done Without...

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Yes, she is the family dog, but oh man she is so much more than that too....

It was just your average run of the mill Saturday afternoon with nothing much more happening at home than just the usual comings and goings of the kids. Everyone was just doing their thing and the man of the house was happily tinkering away in the garage.

I had grand plans that involved a day on the couch snuggled up with my new fluffy pillow, maybe a leisurely dinner on the back deck, followed by some more snuggles on the couch in front of a movie that night.

I’m not sure exactly what time it was that I was woken from my nap by the sounds of distant sirens and the friendly neighbourhood pack howling in tune, but I distinctly remember waking with a sudden lust for adventure.

Hey… I was bored. I’d pretty much spent the entire day on the couch and yet the sun was out, the air wafting with the scent of freshly cut grass and snags ’n onions cooking away on BBQs, and the sound of kids happily playing out on the street.

Happy smells and happy sounds, and I wanted to get out there and be a part of it all.

I guess I didn’t really think to let anyone know that I was heading out for a while. I mean, they were all doing their own thing and probably wouldn’t notice I was gone anyway, and so with that in mind I wandered out the front of our house, onto the street and off I went.

I won’t lie… I was giddy with the sense of freedom, I had nowhere to be, no-one telling me what to do and no one pestering me to play with them. It was just me and the open road.

The whine of the sirens grew louder as I wandered across the park not far from home, but when they stopped suddenly, my curiosity got the better of me and I picked up my pace eager to see what all the racket was about.

I made a beeline for the corner where our quiet estate met with the busier road and I think I may have heard someone calling me in the distance but I was distracted by a car that was pulling over in front of me.

It must be Jayde and the kids… they’re the only ones I know who drive a white car like that and so I ran to the opening door to say “hi”.

That’s when things began to happen quickly and truth be told, I couldn’t tell you if I was scared at that moment or just simply startled by all the sudden activity. 

In a rush of noise and confusion I was jumped upon, two strong arms wrapping themselves tightly around my chest and pushing me into the back of the car.

“Quit struggling” a deep voice warned me as I looked around inside the car and realised that there was no Jayde or Iggy or Minty in that car.

Wait, no… this can’t be happening I thought in disbelief. I was just going for a walk… and my family are back at home… I have no idea where I am so how will they even know where to start looking for me?

In a panic I looked for a way out of the car… but the doors were shut and the windows wound up and as the car revved to life and pulled out onto the road I realised… there was no way to escape.

A woman sitting in the passenger seat turned around to look me up and down. I didn’t see her there before. Was she friendly? I looked between her and the driver whose eyes were looking ahead focused on the road, and I just couldn’t tell.

“What’s your name sweetheart?” the lady asked me with a gentle enough tone to tell me that she was trying to make me feel more relaxed, at least a little more relaxed than that dude with his manhandling had made me feel.

I stared at her for a moment or two in silence, trying to figure her out, before moving my gaze back to the window and the unfamiliarity of the streets we were driving along.

“Stupid woman, like I’m gonna tell you my name… pffft” I thought to myself.

My mind drifted back to the kids and my family. Did they even know I was gone? Would they think to come looking for me? How were they going to find me if I didn’t even know where these people were taking me.

It felt like forever that we drove in silence in that car, him watching me through the rear vision mirror and her stealing glances at me over her shoulder.

We took a sharp turn suddenly and I slammed my shoulder into the door as we pulled off the road and onto the gravel lined driveway of a house I had never seen before.

“Yoooowch, that hurt” I thought to myself as the car came to a halt, but I didn’t have much time to focus on the pain as they were both on the move and climbing out of the car.

This was my chance to escape. This is when I should run for it.

I decided in that moment that making as much noise as possible was probably a good thing to do… and so I did. Oh boy, did I make a racket, but as he reached into the back of the car to grab at me again I realised that there was no one around to hear me… no one except them and the youngish looking woman who was opening the door at the front of this strange building.

I squirmed as much as I could as he pulled me out of the car and I threw my head back in an attempt to break free, but his grip was far too tight to fight off.

He carried me as I continued my struggle and we followed that youngish woman in through the door, down a long corridor and into a dark room.

She switched on the light and what I saw before me was enough to cause an involuntary whimper to escape from my mouth…

It was a room with a range of various sized cages in it and it was very clear that they intended on putting me in one of them.

What kind of prank is this?

Who's playing tricks on me?

The cage door slammed shut and as I tried to fold myself into the confined space, my captors exited the room and shut the door behind them.

I was all alone, caged like a wild animal in a room in a house I had never seen before.

The enormity of it all gripped me and I cried out, howling like those neighbourhood dogs I had heard earlier today when I was safe on the couch at home… oh home.

I just want to be back at home with my family and away from this nightmare.

After Lord knows how long, I heard the sound of a car on gravel in the distance and then some muffled voices from another room.

Was there more of them coming?

What are they saying?

Do these new people arriving know that I am in here being held captive?

I need to make some noise and let them know I am in here, and so with every last ounce of effort I began to make noise… a LOT of noise.

Surely they can hear me?

The door opened abruptly and the woman from the front door walked towards the cage I was being held in.

She doesn’t look as strong as the one who manhandled me earlier. I’m pretty sure I can get past her…

As she unlocked the cage I lunged at full force, bolting past her and straight out that door. I paused for a second in the corridor to get my bearings and then I legged it toward the voices.

As I turned the corner into the big room I saw them…

My people.


They had found me.

I barked with unbridled joy as I threw myself onto them, knocking my littlest human friend over in the process. I licked him to make sure he was OK and they hugged me hard in return. My mum was crying as she squeezed me tight and said thank you over and over again to the lady who had put me in that room.

That same lady reached out and scratched me behind my ear. 

Sheesh, that crazy human who had me locked in a cage only minutes ago and now, for crying out loud, she thinks we are friends?

Oh OK, if you insist… go on, scratch me some more before I get outta here and back to the safety of my couch.

Hells Bells, our beautiful Milly gave us quite the heart attack this particular day.

We have no idea how she managed to get out but those few hours that she was missing and we were searching for her… they were absolutely gut wrenching.

Yes, she is the family dog, but oh man she is so much more than that too. She’s our companion, our protector and our snuggle partner.

She is also our middle son Sammy’s best mate.

From the moment they first clapped eyes on each other - it was luuuuurve of the most wonderful kind. I mean, we ALL love this gregarious Groodle but her and Sam… well they have something very special going on.

She has been his constant companion as he has struggled through the years with anxiety. She has keep him company at night, protecting him from nightmares and the under the bed boogie man and monsters, all the while taking full advantage of the warm cosy bed and cuddles in return. She has been a constant for him and a lesson in the responsibilities and the rewards of caring for a pet.

A recent Aussie study of dog owners has clearly highlighted something that we already knew - kids and dogs are made for each other. The Dogs & Children survey commissioned by long-lasting paralysis tick and flea treatment Bravecto, reveals insights into the long-lasting effect of being a dog owner for not only children, but the whole household.

The lessons our little humans can learn from owning a pet are so wide and many, but ranked among the top responses were:

Sam would have been absolutely devastated had Milly not been picked up on this particular day by a lovely couple who spotted her wandering along the side of the road a couple of blocks away from our house. 

We ALL would have been devastated.

Fortunately for us, those fellow animal lovers recognised Milly as an adventurous but much-loved family pet that day (maybe thanks to the size of her generous girth) and they took her to a local vet clinic so that they could scan her microchip and let us know she was safe and sound.

We never got to thank those kind people who rescued her as they didn’t leave a contact number, and even though we spent that night of her return imaging all the details of her adventure, we will never really know what she got up to that day. We can only imagine.

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Now… I’ve actually got a competition running over on Instagram where you can win a Bravecto prize pack for your favourite family pet.

All you need to do is head on over and share a pic of you or your child with your beloved fur baby and tell us about your special bond. FIVE people will win a years supply of Bravecto for their beloved Fur baby,  but don’t forget to use the hashtags #LLHBravecto #familydog and #winbravecto so we can see your entry.

Entries close 18/07/17 and full T&Cs can be viewed here

So tell me - do you have a beloved fur baby?

Did you have one growing up?

Did she/he ever head off on their own on an ‘adventure’?

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