This is Pachuca Lou. This little animal scared the hell out of me this weekend. I left her and my other child (my cat Calvin) in the hands of my friend Cara. She is the usual pet sitter lately and I totally trust her. But when I got a text from her on saturday morning saying 'Holly, call me back!!!' I was worried. I thought maybe Cal had gotten sick or something. He is 13 so I'm preparing myself for it. So when I called her back I was not expecting to hear 'Pachuca got out. We cant find her.' I was stunned!
Cara had taken my little dog to her moms house in Englewood, which is a suburb of Denver. Apparently her (stupid) brother let my dog out and she took off. Cara searched all of Englewood for her. I put up a Craiglist post and she made fliers and plastered the area. We even offered a reward. I spent all of saturday and sunday worried sick and crying. I even changed my flight to an earlier one. I had nightmares that I was gonna come home to no Pachuca.
On sunday I started getting calls from people who had seen her but couldnt catch her. I have a typical small dog that is very skittish of strangers. She's also really fast! Finally in the evening I got the call I was praying for. A young girl, out of breath, saying 'I have your dog!!' Cara went to pick her up immediately and discovered that she was only 5 blocks from where she got away. Apparently the girl had been chasing my dog for hours and finally caught her!
So I have my little dog back. I got to come home to her and not just her things. I even brought her chicken nuggets as a treat. The poor thing is extremely sore and thin. The pads of her paws are red and raw. Her appetite is fine though and she still perks up when I say her favorite words 'squirrel', 'pupperoni', and 'outside'. I put the red booties on her last night but they just made her paws swell up so I took them off. Today they look fine and are healing.
It was a nightmare to go through but I'm so happy it turned out ok. My friends Cara, Doug and Jenny went above and beyond to help find her. I am so thankful for them! I dont blame Cara at all (but I do blame her brother) and she really did everything possible to find her. I'm just so glad its a happy ending. I'm totally attached to my dog and cant imagine life without her. Especially like that! I just hope she got her fill of the big outdoors and doesnt ever do that again!!