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This week's blog post is not what I had originally intended to write about. With it being winter our kids, like many others, are stuck indoors more than usual. I had planned to introduce some new indoor activities for my littles and share those with you. Who would have know that when I took the trash out, my plans would change?!
Here's the backstory...
(Don't worry, the doggy treat recipe is coming.)
Back in June, one of my local Facebook friends found a stray dog. His long hair was matted and he had clearly not been taken care of so she took him in. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to keep him so I volunteered to give him a home. We brought him home in July and my children adored him! We quickly learned that he was a runner and always needed a leash. We were careful when going in and out of the house but despite our efforts, he got out. This was mid September. I drove the neighborhood for days. I asked anyone who was outside if they had seen him and I called the local shelters. Our little Chewy (Chewbaca) was no where to be found.
It is now mid December. The trash is overflowing, again. So I pull the bag out and head out the back door. The only reason we ever go out the backdoor is to take out the trash, this usually only happens a couple times each week since we are actively trying to create less waste. So... as I was saying. I head out to toss it in the bin. I get to the bottom of the steps and I look up.... what do I see? My neighbor walking my dog! He immediately ran right up to me with his wagging tail! The lady was very kind. She said that she had put a sign on the community mailbox but we had somehow missed it. She gave Chewy back and wished me a Merry Christmas!
I brought him back into the house and called for the kids to come and see. They were ecstatic! This is when my plans changed. Chewy has been home for about 36 hours now. While I'm so glad to have him home, I feel sad for my neighbor who must have bonded with him also. She has another dog as well so today I have been baking for her. Dark chocolate chip cookies for her and homemade doggy treats for her dog. The children, Chewy and myself will be visiting her tomorrow with these gifts to thank her. Not only for taking care of Chewy, but for returning him to us also.
Now..... Time to bake!