Tues evening is when it happened. I looked out in the backyard to let my sheltie “Carrie” into the house and discovered to my alarm that the gate was ajar and she was gone. We later learned that the meter person had been here while we were away and left the gate unlocked. A strong wind opened it.
That evening and all the next day I was in a panic. We made & posted signs and fliers with her picture on them all over the area, called the Humane Society, Sheltie Rescues, vet offices. Received calls that she’d been sighted in heavy traffic areas, running scared. Many tried to catch her, but she wouldn’t allow it. We followed leads all day and once even saw her across yards & hills and valleys and she couldn’t hear me. Finally, as it became darker and darker we received a call that she had crossed the busiest traffic area at the busiest time of night. We raced there, but couldn’t see her anywhere.
Finally, a young man called us and had followed her to a truck bay where he was able to trap her and rescue her. He had her in his truck. My little 10-year old sheltie made it through everything without a scratch; I, however, was a basket case over the possibility of either never seeing her again or worse. Anyway, a happy ending. Thank God!