Friday, November 25, 2011

Howie Says Hi


Hi.

My name is Howie, but some people call me black Benji, because that is who I look like.

I am almost one year old, and I live in a nice house in Dixie, with lots of woods out back, and three loving people to take care of me. I am a very happy dog.

One day though, I was playing on the side of our house away from the woods, and suddenly out of nowhere, a big car came by and before I knew it, I was rolling and rolling sideways and I hurt from where the car hit me.

I was very scared, but my people were not around and I could not get inside, so I crept into the deep, dark, scary woods and lay down to sleep. When I awoke, it was still very dark and I could not remember which way was home

Although it hurt to walk, I wanted to find my people, so I walked and walked in the woods to find my home. After a long time, I came to a clearing in the woods, and there I saw a house, but it did not look like my house. Still, I walked up to it and found a little-dog-sized place to get inside just under a hose.

But when I got inside, it was still very dark there, and the little strip of metal that let me inside closed behind me, and I could not get out. It was very dark, and I was cold and tired and scared and hurt where the car had hit me, and now I was hungry and thirsty as well.

So I went to sleep, because it was all I could do.

After a long while, I heard a car drive up to the front of the house and people got out, and they had a dog with them. As they went to go inside, I heard their dog come up to the wall right beside where I was lying and start sniffing and sniffing the wall of their house, just opposite me.

I could hear their footsteps above me for awhile, and then it was quiet and I slept some more.

This went on for three days and three nights, and I became very weak and of course very hungry and thirsty. I could hear them walking around and coming and going in their car, and every time they went out with their dog, he would stop and sniff the house where I was resting.

And then finally, one of the people walking the dog on its leash let him sniff his way around their house to the little hole though which I had pushed my way days earlier, and suddenly, there was the head and then the shoulders of a big brown hound sniffing inside under their house.

A few minutes later, a Nice Lady with a flashlight and a lantern came crawling under the house where I was lying. “There’s a dog under here” she cried out. “Alive” she answered the question yelled from outside. And so she came back with some hotdogs and a little leash and very slowly and patiently she tried to get me to come out of my hiding place. It took close to half an hour before we were out.

She made a nice little bed on her porch for me and gave me some food and water, while the Big Dog Who Lived There tried to play with me, only the man kept him tight on a leash so he could not reach me more than nose smelling. For several days, the Nice Lady fed me, and looked at the place where I had been hurt, and then she even gave me a bath! The Big Dog Who Lived There wanted SO much to play, but the man on the other end of his leash never quite let him do so.

And then, on Thanksgiving Day, a car pulled up and My People were in it! I was SO excited that I jumped and wagged and even barked a little bit happily. They hugged me, and hugged each other and hugged the Nice People That Found Me, and I went home for Thanksgiving. Seems that while the Nice Lady was feeding me and bathing me, the Man Who Lives There had a picture she took of me, and he was walking up and down the long street, knocking on doors and asking if anybody knew who had lost me.

And on the second day of doing so, he stopped a passing car who knew just who I was, and they called My People who came very quickly, stopping at the little General Store to take down the little sign that he had put up there with my picture on it, and we all had a Happy Thanksgiving.

I hopeY’All did too!

23 comments:

Dorrie said...

what a sweet story.....

Fin said...

Thanks. Photo being added when virus scan is completed.

Fijufic said...

Fin this is a fantastic story. This is the best Thanksgiving story ever!!!!

Cheers buddy,
Bobby

Fin said...

Thanks Bobby. Hope your Tday was just as good as I know you can make it.

The Man on the Leash with the Brown Hound is heartily glad that little Howie was repatriated so promptly, as Nice Lady has a marked tendency to bond with injured strays.

Lowandslow said...

I love a happy ending. And for a dog lover like me this is especially heartwarming. Thanks for sharing. Now I must go and find my Emma Belle and give her a big hug. :)

S

Fin said...

Yup. This one was winners ALL the way round.

Hope y'all are enjoying your life and each other, and have a wonderful Christmas upcoming.

BenB said...

Wow, you guys went to a lot of effort to find that dog's owners! Kudos and hat's off to both of you! Nice story, glad it had a happy ending.

John0 Juanderlust said...

Great story. Certainly a far cry from the animal adventures I witnessed on Thanksgiving.
Looks like a cool dog. Too bad Copper didn't get to play with him.

Sunny said...

ARF ARF, HOWIE !! I'M SO GLAD THESE VERY NICE "HUMANS" RESCUED YOU! YOU ARE SOOOOO CUTE AND I JUST WANT TO HUG YOU BUNCHES !!

Sunny said...

Hello Fin ~ I love your story and so glad you posted it. So very heart-warming and everyone lives "happyly ever after" :) *giggles* at your man on the leash with Big Dog LOL !

Fin said...

What a treat to see old friends here. Yes, Howie is very lucky to have had Nice Lady here and a guy who likes her enough to do stuff he mightn't otherwise bother to do.

The funny thing is, I skipped the 'right' house the first time and went two miles for nothing.

Sunny said...

Fin, you and Bethany really are two most special, unique people! ( I was just reading this story again. Love it! ) I want to put on my Twitter, but cannot find your Twitter link?

maggsworld said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving Story.

BenB said...

This is a true, feel-good story that several animal/dog sites would love to post!

fragilewisdom said...

I was glad that Howie's people loved him so much but the hugging surprised me a little. It was a good thanksgiving story. Good of you to post it.

Fin said...

Ben...feel free to copy it and submit to any animal/dog sites you want to.

Sunny- I have never twittered. Neither has BG. But same for you as Ben--if you want to copy it for twitter, with my blessing.

Sunny said...
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Anonymous said...

Sunny from St Petersburg, Florida commented:

Okay, I got this heartwarming doggie story up on my Twitter.

https://twitter.com/#!/Bayside711

Thanks! and y'all have a nice Sunday over there in Dixie!

BenB said...

I've submitted it to 2 doggy sites that I am involved with. It has to be reviewed first, but I am sure it will be approved. Did you write it or did Bethany? What a great story, I still can't get over how cool the way it was written as if the doggy was telling the story himself!

Anonymous said...

What a great story!! So glad the happy ending.... I bet copper is a proud dog to have helped in such a great rescue! I see lots of cookie treats in everyone's future! :) - Lu

Anonymous said...

Ben- Fin wrote the story in about ten minutes. Bethany MAY try to edit it down to be a 'childrens book'. She believes that most people think that writing a childrens story is easy. Fin is one who thinks this.

In any event, he enjoyed writing it and remains glad it all worked out so well. And Lu, we are both a little embarrased that we didn't pay as much attention to Copper's hints as he felt we should.

BenB said...

That's quite the story to clang out in 10 minutes! Didn't know the Finster was that avid a typist! A hound dog and his/ner nose always knows!

Fin said...

Hope you'll let us know if/when one of yer websites picks up the story. Kinda fun.