This afternoon, my dog, Bella, was barking a bit more neurotic than usual. When I looked outside, I noticed the black lab, also named Bella, sniffing her way along our fence line.
Black lab Bella lives about 6 houses down. I called “Bella” and both dogs looked my way. That was a humorous moment. I grabbed an extra leash, slipped into my shoes and went to get her.
Of course, by the time my son and I got outside, she was nowhere to be seen. Do we just let it go? Do we look for her? Does the neighbor even know she got out? We decided to walk down to their house.
Sure enough, the gate was wide open. It appeared that Black lab Bella had indeed left the security of her own backyard. Any other day, I would not have thought twice about knocking on the door, but with this social distancing…I hesitated.
I shook the uncomfortable feeling away, knocked on the door, then stepped back. He did not know Bella had wondered off. My son and I continued to look for her, their son set off on his bike, while my neighbor got in his car.
Black lab Bella made her way back to our house. My son walked up to her and guided her through the houses just as my neighbor drove up. She jumped in the minivan like this was no big deal. If she only knew how worried her humans were!
All in all, it was a successful rescue and a tiny escape from our own four walls.