This morning I put my pug, Titus, outside as normal. We have a fenced yard so he is safe to run around out there. It is pretty snowy right now so the girls were concerned when he didn't come back after 20 minutes so they came to get me (I was still attempting to wake up all the way, it's a snow day today so no school for the kiddos). I thought he must have gone under the deck again so I was calling him and then I got into all my snow gear to go look for him. As soon as I got outside I saw that the gate was open. It is never open and it doesn't open all the way right now because the patio stones have raised up. So I freaked out and ran back through the house to the front. I was crying like a crazy person and I saw some neighbours I don't know down the street shoveling their driveway so I yelled, "Have you seen a little dog?" They said he had been running in the street (the street that meets up with my street and it's fairly busy that time of day) and almost got hit by a car and that my neighbour who lives across the street from me had taken him into their house. I don't know the family (they just moved in November) but I ran right over there and sure enough Titus was there. He was so excited to see me and I just picked him up and hugged him and said thank you and ran home. He has been sleeping a lot today, guess he wore himself out. Also realized after the fact that I didn't really thank her properly. When I think about what could have happened to him... Anyways I am taking a thank you card and homemade cinnamon rolls over this evening as a thank you. I'm putting a picture of Titus in and writing, "Thank you for keeping me safe! From your friend Titus"
Oh and to make the day even scarier my husband was very confused as to how the gate had been open so he had me go investigate. The area on the outside of the gate, where we don't walk, had partly filled in footprint and there were footprints coming up the side of the house as well. Then I noticed that not only was the gate opened but it was broken. So at some point in the night (the snow started at around 1am and this all happened at around 8:30am) someone tried to break into our yard! Very scary! It couldn't have been too many hours before morning because the footprints would have been all filled in. I took pictures and we filed a police report but there's not much they can do. Now DH has to try and fix the gate and put a padlock on it.
But overall I am just thankfully my baby is safe!