Yesterday I had a huge scare. The gardener had been here and I am paranoid about that gate to the backyard being locked so I went to be sure it was locked and Chelsea was ahead of me. I rounded the corner and the gate was standing open, Chelsea was right at the opening and the nextdoor neighbor's white cat (the one that the momma bird was confronting last year) was facing her. As I hurried my steps, Chelsea stepped through the gate, the cat turned and trotted off and off went Chelsea to follow....I didn't think to close the gate just ran after her. The cat just slipped into an opening in the neighbor's garage door and Chelsea was sticking her nose in just as I reached her and grabbed. While I was grabbing her, Missy appeared at my side trying to see into the garage. I was desparately trying to gather both and there was no way I could lift both. I struggled and struggled, near tears and finally gave up, picked up Chelsea and hurried to the gate while yelling for Missy to come. I slammed the gate and turned to try to get Missy, only to discover her right behind me cowering down on her stomach. Relief poured through me, but I was shaking violently. I scooped her up, but was afraid to open the gate because Chelsea was right there and I was afraid she'd slip back out. Our garage was closed so I hoped the door to dh's art room was unlocked and fortunately it was. I carried Missy in and back through the house and to the yard. It took me forever to calm down...and I was angry. I've stressed over and over about that gate!!! If I hadn't walked down there right at that moment we could have lost both dogs!! DH finally said he would put a spring closer on that gate this weekend. Meanwhile, I put the padlock back on. Grrrr!! I'm still seething about this!
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