My Dog's Dangerous Adventure

My Dog's Dangerous Adventure

Joey the Dog
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Joey's Terrible Adventure

My older dog 'Joey' can be a stinker at times. His stubbornness would get him into a dangerous situation on this particular day. I was going about my normal routine of picking up the kids from school. I got the youngest dog Spooky on her leash but decided it wasn't necessary for Joey. He usually won't run away when he knows he's going to get a fun car ride. He ran right into the car for the ride to school. Getting home and getting Joey in the house would be a different story. I would soon realize, not leashing joey was not a wise decision.

The dogs were happy and content as they peered out their respective windows. It was smooth sailing on the ride to Orono except for some barking when my furry friends saw other dogs out for a stroll. I pulled up to the school and waited for the kids to get to the car.

The ride home was uneventful and at last I pulled into the driveway of our home. The kids and I were grabbing back packs and other items from the car which distracted us from Joey's secretly planned get-a-way. I yelled for Joey to get right home but he knew he had made a clean break and wasn't about to listen.




Distraction makes us Forget about Joey

It was one of those typical busy week days with kids doing homework and me finding my share of housework to accomplish. The kids and I finished our chores and we were off to Caribou Coffee. The kids enjoyed a nice hot coffee drink while I jumped on my lap top. After an hour of relaxation and hot beverages, we were off again to pick up mom from work which was just down the road.

As I made a right turn into our driveway, I couldn't believe what I saw. My poor, cold, shivering dog running to the car. We were all in a state of confusion as to why our dog was outside. Within seconds the proverbial light bulb went on and we remembered that Joey had gotten away at about 3 P.M. when we got home from Orono School. To our horror, it was now about 6 P.M. and very frigid out.

Joey had one of the best nights of his life. We hovered over him like he was a king, hoping it would somehow make up for our mistake. We gave him enough love for fifty dogs. The four of us got Joey on the king size bed and wrapped him in a cozy blanket. He got a special dinner that night and numerous apologies for forgetting about him.


Finding out about Joey's Adventure

As if the guilt about leaving my dog outside wasn't bad enough- A few days after Joey's great escape, I got an ear full from our mail-woman who filled in the blanks about Joey's adventure. Turns out he'd gotten himself into a dangerous situation. She noticed Joey all tangled up to a set of garbage cans he'd been rummaging through in the neighborhood. He had gotten his collar hooked on something and as he struggled to break free of it's grip, he was strangling himself. Our postal gal is deathly afraid of dogs, so she didn't know what to do. Eventually she saw a man walking his dog and asked if he would free the dog. I don't like to think about what might have happened to Joey if that stranger hadn't come by. Whoever you are, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. We would be lost without our best friend.

We all learned an important lesson that day: Always leash your dog. Don't make assumptions that your pet won't run away just because he/she hasn't in the past. Dogs are smart and sneaky, and Just like kids, they'll try to get away with something if you tempt them with the opportunity.

My Dogs Dangerous Adventure

My Beautiful Dog 'Joey'
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nightbear profile image

nightbear 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

Oh my, I am so glad Joey is okay. Excellent reminder


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks nightbear. Ya, it was pretty scary for us and must've been doubly scary for Joey. I can't believe we forgot he was outside. It says a lot about where our heads were that day. We are so in love with our dogs that I can't believe between three of us, we all spaced our baby boy. He is fine but tells many of his dog friends about his big adventure. The girls think Joey is so brave:)


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Poor Joey. At least it all ended well. Good thing he didn't run off.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

MT

I am so glad Joey is ok and you all learned not to let him run. I pushed all buttons up


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Rob. I'm glad he didn't run off too but I think Joey knows he's got it made over here. You should've seen him jumping all over us when we drove into the driveway. I still feel so guilty thinking about what he went through.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Healing Touch. Don't we love our Joey. I think we all know it is not worth chancing him getting hurt, lost etc.. and leashing is where it's at.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I'm so happy everything turned out okay for Joey and your family Minnetonka Twin.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Minnetonka Twin, well Joey sure did have an adventure, maybe it will teach Joey not to run away from home any more, glad he is safe and cozy in his home again.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

They have to do a lot of research. God bless Minnetonka Twin.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Joey is such a cute dog from the picture I see and am so glad that he came home unharmed!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I'm so glad there was a happy ending to this story for Joey...and hopefully a lesson learned for his master...thanks for sharing.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

All's well that ends well! Give Joey a big hug for me!


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Minnetonka Twin - Joey the Dog proves that he is old enough to know better, yet young enough to learn. I hope the rascal has behaved since the day he returned.

Gus :-)))


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Carrie-I still feel like such a heel and bad mommy for forgetting my buddy outside. He is sitting right next to me all cozy as I write you. Thanks for coming by and hope all is well with you my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Doubt it taught him a lesson but no more letting him off the leash because I think he's more mature than his little sister. What was I thinking???


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

That's so cute Micky-Yes,Joey was doing research on the ability of a steel garbage can (which was bungied up) to remain fastened. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Susan. I feel so bad he went through such an ordeal. Laura, the kids and I would be so sad without our Furry best friend. Have a great day:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you b.Malin-Yes, I learned my lesson for sure. It's not worth chancing that he may or may not run. It's leash for me from now on :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I will give him a big hug for you Fossillady. Yep, it was a happy ending, thank goodness. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

That's so cute Gus-It's funny and very interesting that my older dog Joey has the puppy in him when he wants to go on a big adventure. Sneaky little guy. LOL


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PaperNotes 5 years ago

OMG, your Joey gotten close to his final day! It is great that the stranger and the postal lady saw him. I could not imagine what might have happened to him if those people had not passed by. I'm close to crying, this reminded me of my one and only dog Maxima who died two years ago.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

I am very happy Joey came out mostly unscathed. I would have done the same guilty activity's of pampering and special feeding. I would be out of my mind if my fuzz-buddy was missing, he's my right hand guy! Joey's war angel was absolutely on duty that day! Thank God for the love of dogs, and for the stranger who rescued your fuzzy friend!

Wonderful story MT! Thank you for sharing.

K9


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I had to get rid of a dog I was crazy about because she was a runner. She was a peek-a-poo and not that big but I couldn't handle her even on a leash but if the door opened she was gone and I can tell you it was a work out catching her...unless it snowed...and then she did not go out for anything!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So very happy Joey is home safe and sound. Years ago Becky's Siberian Husky use to run loose sometimes. The whole town would try to catch her as she yelped on by. After running a long time I would finally be able to catch her and bring her home. Great hub. God Bless You.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....the last thing I always do is to check that my two cats are on the inside of my cottage before I leave for work and night shift. I live on my own so it's important to know they are both safe and sound inside during these cold winter nights - but yes that is quite a story for poor Joey - and it was so beautifully written from your heart because there was love, concern and tenderness in every word ...... it's because of people like you and me that our pets live a good life with no regrets - and sometimes a few 'boo-boos' - lol lol

Thank you so very much by the way for supporting me and dropping by my humble hubspace - it's always a thrill believe me to see your name and read your hall of fame comments.

I have a new one about animals in the forest that you should like called One foot in the forest door!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

PaperNotes-I know, thank God for the mail-lady and the man walkin his dog. I shudder to think of his fate if not for these earth angels.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear K9-I LOVE YOU!!-Not just because you are always so supportive to me here on hubpages but your eloquence with your comments ALWAYS make my day. There are some on hubpages that feel like family and you are one of them. I feel like we are soul sisters and I thank you for being part of my life here:)

Love Linda:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Polly-That sounds exhausting having a dog to run after all the time. I am sorry you had to give it up but sometimes it is for the best. Great to see you my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sounds like the siberian kept you in good shape Stars. I think most dog owners have dogs that run off. Thanks for stopping by my hub my dear friend. Love Linda


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi my prince of prose-I am so glad you liked my hub and I am off to read yours. Hugs/Hugs and if it's ok, some kisses...


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Debarshi Dutta 5 years ago from Calcutta

A good read for me..I love Dogs..I used to belong to one a long time ago and i still do and A dog always reminds me how we belong and never can escape the sad fate of belonging and longing and pining and whining and chasing away enemies and barking at strangers and slurping up friends...and wagging the tail to whom we hail...and when bereaved of our dogs how we wail and wail and wail.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Your Hub is so apropos to a situation here in our neighborhood lately. We have strict leash laws, yet a new friend of a neighbor brings his young dog around without a leash. This dog (beautiful, well-mannered, and gentle), named Maggie, has parked herself at MY doorstep, twice, while her owner goes inside to visit my next-door neighbor. Today I had a conversation with the neighbor and the dog owner.

To your point, MT, not only is it against the law to let a dog go without a leash, it is also dangerous. Even the best-behaved dogs can have minds of their own and exercise their talents as great escape artists.

Your experience with Joey speaks volumes.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Debarshi-Such a cute and creative comment. I know what you mean. I would be so lonely without my pets. They just take your heart because they are so loving and loyal. I will take the barking and running away etc..because they are family to me.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sally-Yes, the leash law is there for a reason. Not only can your dog get hurt or run away but some dogs can misbehaved with strangers and possibly bite. So many reasons to leash a dog. Thanks for coming by:)


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Wrath Warbone 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Cute story. I love true stories about animals.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Glad you enjoyed it Wrath Warbone:)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed your story about Joey the Dog. You give good advice. I'm glad it turned out alright in the end. And thank goodness for that Good Samaritan. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks a lot James:) I know, the strangers timing was a blessing. Good to hear from you James.


sunny5555 5 years ago

Wow what a story. I am glad I took the time to read it.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Glad you came by and checked it out. I appreciate its sunny:)


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Great story. Wow,I am glad Joey is okay. He had the adventure and the fun, even though he was cold. He probably doesn't think about it anymore. But you do. Hope writing helped you. Thanks for sharing this story. Your story helps me to be more mindful with my pets too. Rated up and beautiful.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks toknowinfo-You have me pegged. I do still think about it but I know Joey is fine. He is sitting on the couch next to me all warm and cozy. Thanks for rating it and coming by:)


Brendymac 5 years ago

Nice article and well written. As a dog owner myself I enjoy reading of other peoples experiences with theirs!!


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tritrain 5 years ago from United States

I'm so glad to hear that Joey made it ok. Sneaky dogs! :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Brendymac. Dogs can be great stories on-line and you can never run out. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tritrain-Sneaky is right. Some of the mischief he gets into is pretty funny.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Wow! What a story! I'm so glad Joey was rescued by the stranger, and made it home to the love and care you and your family gave him! Dogs can be such a joy, and such a chore!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi RunAbstract. Yes, they are a lot of work at times but I wouldn't give it up for anything. The love they give us is so worth it. Thanks for reading my story:)


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oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

Minnetonks Twin. Hi. Oh Joey this adventure that you had mapped out obviously did not go to plan.

Joey obviously realised that the big wild world out there was not for him and that home was the best place to be.

Animals are a little like children where as you have to have eyes in the back of your head and be 2 jumps ahead of them most of the time. I am glad that everything turned out well.

Thanks for a great story, I loved reading it.Voted up. :) :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you oliversmum-Your so right that dogs are so much like children. I know Joey realized that home is where the heart is and came back (but we weren't there.) I still feel sooo guilty about that. I appreciate you reading my story:)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, what a nightmare! my dog used to run away if she could, but luckily she always turned up at my aunts house because she stayed there for a few days and was spoiled! lol talk about having a good memory, and where was the loyalty there? lol


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Too funny Nell. Hey, dogs don't bite the hand that feeds them and in this case she must've fed your dog more. LOL


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

very nice hub and so very true! Our pets are like children,they are adventurous and do not realize in what danger they sometimes put themselves. Joey was fortunate for sure.

My pet dog Rocky is very fond of a ride in my car. He simply loves it.On a normal evening walk with him,with his leash on, he saw a stranger opening his car door on the other side of the road. Rocky jumped and ran towards the car. I guess he liked that car.As he had startled me, his leash just let go and off he ran shocking the stranger and jumping and sitting in his driver seat very proudly!!! I was so embarassed and apologised to the stranger who was quite understanding.Also,while running like that,I dont think he had any idea of the traffic coming from the other side of the road,thankfully,there wasn't much traffic.Dangerous adventurous isn't it??


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh my goodness Sonia, what a hilarious story only because it turned out ok. I can't believe your dog sat in the front passenger seat. What a hoot! I wish that could've been video'd. I can see you understand how scary this kind of thing can be when dogs don't know all the dangers out there. I blew it again two days ago. I had the dogs in the car and didn't leash them on the way in. They both took off but thankfully came back in about 15 minutes which felt like a life time.


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Hello again 2win, Hope its ok ifin I call you what I called my twins. Are you twin one or twin two? I really love Joey's story. What a funny dog.You write very good so for sure I'm heading up top to give ya some of those points.

I,ve always had at least one dog. I never had a barker but sure had a runner. Blondy was addicted to the school. I got calls from the school daily. I had to put special screens on the windows and electric wire around the fence. Blondy was a good dog, as long as she had a kid with her. I now have the best of the best, Dolly is half Border Collie and half Queensland Healer. She never goes in the street, won't leave my property if she's left outside, won't beg, bark or jump out windows. She runs faster than any dog in the dog parks, and seems to understand english. She even says Ouuut when she wants out. In my life I've had three dogs for 16 years each and three or four others for ten or more years.She even talks to other dogs and they seem to obay her. Dolly is almost six and I just can't even think of ever loosing her.

Maybe Joey and Rocky need my Dolly to give them a talking too,she would tell em not to jump in strangers cars.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Kay and yes it's great that you call me 2win-How cute and clever. Loved hearing stories about your doggies. Joey and Spooky could really use a 'come to Jesus' meeting with your wise dog, Dolly. I can't believe she talks-You have a real special dog there. Don't even begin worrying about losing her. She is so young and has many years ahead of her. I'm like you when it comes to thinking about losing my dogs. Just the thought of it makes me super sad and depressed. We have them now and let's enjoy every day and moment. The fact that you and I write on Hubpages and have dog stories and pictures of them will be very helpful some day when their not around. The memories will live on and on...


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

I love it too. When Mt twins were 16 we bought then a cute convertible with a

license # 2R2Wins, it stuck. Now it's 2Win1 and 2Win2, what one are you?

I have grandbaby 2wins too. I knew your a winer tokay

Dog story, all my kids have gotten pups since my Dolly, 4 of the pups are same mix as Dolly, so my kids have let Dolly teach their dogs. She won't allow the other dogs to go in the street, go in the kitchen when we're eating, get up on the couch, get too routie

or bark ( unless there is danger) . Even at the dog park she's always on yard duty. But never aggressive just goes face to face with the other dogs and talks and moves her head as if saying no ( really) other dogs always obay her. Like Mea in the Eight Below movie, if you haven't seen that movie it's a must. That's my Dolly.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I was born first-two minutes before Laura. LOL 'Poor mom' is all I can say. How fun to get your twins a cool license plate. I just get a kick out of the maturity level of Dolly. The fact that even dogs at the park listen to her says so much. I have not seen the movie 'eight below' but will be sure to put it on my 'must see' list.

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