Courtney and Byron came to visit, and it was nice to see her, and meet him, although I'm sure they were kinda bored!
It was raining the whole time, which didn't help. Georgia is funny that way - the weather is never predictable and is always changing. It poured straight through Friday and into Saturday, resulting in our yard looking like this:
Depressing, right?? Now you can see why we have so much trouble with the backyard! Although, I've never seen it soooo flooded. Saturday afternoon was beautiful and warm, pleasant all around.
Come Sunday, the rain changed to snow, and was really coming down fast. Weird. We were, of course, giddy like little kids - snow is a rarity, and this was the first (and hopefully last!) snowfall of the year. March 1, go figure. I kicked Courtney out, for fear she would get stuck with us (the horror!) and we went to frolic in the snow with Mikey and Kacy and all the dogs.
That's where the weekend went downhill. Roxy decided it would be fun to run away, full sprint, away from the house and down the cart path. That left about 10 directions she could have run, one of them being the woods that were currently flooded from all of the rain. It was still heavily snowing at this point, and we all split up to find her, thinking she would come running back.
Well, we all spent hours walking all over Peachtree City, with lots of friends and family out driving around too, on the lookout. After it got dark, not only were we all completely worn out and frantic, but it became clear that we would have to wait until morning, since it was so dark. The snow covered landscape didn't help either, as it kept playing tricks on us, thinking we saw something.
Our dogs are like our children. I spent the night thinking of a million things that could have happened....none of them positive. And although I know she's an animal (and a big one, at that), I still worried she was cold and wet and scared in the dark. We set out again Monday morning to look and put up a gazillion flyers.
I was so glad that I had just recently updated her microchip. Sure, if I hadn't, it would still list our address as hers, but part of the HomeAgain program that comes with it is that they send out an alert to all of the vets, shelters, and to anyone who also has their pet listed in that area. Our friend went to the vet at 8 am on Monday, and her lost flyer was already posted front and center. In the end, that's not what helped find her, but it saved us a lot of time and effort by not having to notify all of those places. I would highly recommend it! Definitely worth the $14.99 a year!
To make a long story short, just at 24 hours after she had been missing, one of the Public Works men (who we had talked to that morning and told them to look out for her) called and told us they spotted her near the soccer fields by the main highway that goes through the city. Mikey found her in the woods (on the other side of the street! Who knows how many times she crossed back and forth on that busy road...) and she was happy to see us. Nothing wrong - just wet, cold, and very sleepy! She must not have slept at all.
Something like that makes us realize how lucky we really are. We have so many wonderful friends and family around us that would do anything at all to help us - it's such a great feeling knowing that. We couldn't have found her without their help!
So Roxy is safe at home and under lock and key! We joked that she is never allowed outside ever again, and she would need to be litter box trained. It was such a total relief to find her.