"Uh yeah, is this, uh, paw... paw perfect match?"
"Yessir, this is Pawfect Match Rescue, how can I help you?"
"Yeah. I have two dogs in my back yard that were running loose, and one has a tag with your name and phone number."
"OK, thank you! What is the number on the tag?"
"Thanks, hold on a second, and I will look that up.
"Yes ma'am, he and the other have been running around and are covered in mud. The other one does not have a tag."
"OK, great. Give me your address and phone number, and we'll have someone over quickly to pick them up." [contact information provided]
Heather called both phone numbers for the folks to whom we adopted Carter and his brother Wesley 8 months ago. No answer. Left messages. Then she called Dave to tell him what was going on, and to see if he could go get the dogs.
Google map is our friend. Printed out directions, called the friendly neighbor to ask him to secure the dogs until we get there. Grabbed two leashes and the GPS and out the door.
Oh goody, I am out of gas. Ah well, needed to fill up anyway...
As I pull up, the owners are loading Carter and Wesley into their van with the loud assistance of a precocious little boy, I guess him to be about 2 or 3 years old.
"Hi, I'm Dave with Pawfect Match. Are you [owner]?" "Yes, oh good. Glad to see you could get them back so quickly. So, mind if I ask how they got out?"
He sighed slightly, put his hands on the steering wheel, gazed into the distance. "Our two year old thinks that it is amusing to let the dogs out so we can chase them. We're working on the solution, but we're clearly not there yet..."
OK, that's a new one for me. Accidents, we've seen plenty. Dogs charging doors, you bet. Entertainment for the two year old, that's new.
They're safe again. Not sure about that little boy's behind tho - might be some time out coming up.