The original photo which was in circulation with the same theme story on the ‘net was of a Golden Retriever.
There was actually a Golden Retriever which last year vanished in Barbados and his owners never recovered him although they put up numerous fliers all over the island and spent countless hours searching and driving all over the island to try to find their dog. Although a reward was offered, none of the tips they followed up lead to the dog’s recovery.
That Golden actually did wander into neighbours’ yards if their gate was open. He lived in the same gap that I live in and several times I had to call my Bouviers from the gate as he was outside, wagging his tail and wished to come in. But although I knew him and liked him, I never let him in as I have male Bouviers here as well as female Bouviers and they are protective of their territory.
I did take 2 female Bouviers out in the area where I used to see him run, across pasture land leading to a wooden area and a road in case he had gone to the road and being struck by a car and thus could not get home. And although his owners called and the Bouviers helped by searching that area, we did not find him. That was a sad story but the below is a happy one.
It would not be an uncommon experience for someone’s dog to wander into a neighbour’s yard in Barbados, and if the person was a dog lover, they might happily keep it so it would be safe. They should then check around for its owners. In Barbados, a dog lover would probably give it water as well.
Here is the story of a smart dog who knew where to go for a nap.
The story told to me goes like this:
An older, tired-looking dog wandered into a yard. (The one in the above pix. is over 10 years old)
The home owner could tell from the dog’s collar and well-fed belly that she had a home and was well taken care of. And really wondered why the dog was paying her a visit.
The dog calmly came over to the home owner and offered a paw and in return, received a few pats on her head. And then the dog calmly walked into the house, and found a cool area by a patio overlooking the garden. And curled up and fell sound asleep, with an occasional snore.
An hour later she went to the door and was let out. And trotted happily away.
The next day she was back, wagging her short tail and dancing about the yard. Then she walked inside and resumed her spot in the patio area and again slept for about an hour.
This continued off and on for several weeks.
One day, the home owner, who was becoming attached to the dog, pinned a note to her collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day the dog arrived for her nap, with a different note pinned to her collar:
She lives in a house with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 and she is just trying to catch up on her sleep.
Can I come with her tomorrow?
I thought the story cute and possible. I changed the photo of the dog as there are still memories of the much loved Golden Retriever who vanished and I was disappointed when his owners never recovered him although they offered a reward.
I doubt very much that Dena would wander into anyone’s property, nor stay for the nap 🙂