It was the end of our first week in the little house and I had been on my own for most of the day. Mum had taken me for a long walk to the river quite early in the morning but after that I had been mostly left alone. Our neighbour Lewie the Terrier and his parents had gone out for the day and so it had been very quiet in the garden all day.

A game of dare

It was early in the evening when I heard our neighbours arrive home. I could hear Lewie impatiently barking to get out. It wasn’t very long before he sprung out of the back door and made his way through the gap in the fence. He barely looked at me as he found another opening in the bottom fence which he squeezed through into the fields beyond. Lewie looked back at me. The expression on his little face said it all. He was daring me to chase.

As you found out from the Big Adventure, Lewie is a very naughty little dog. But not me! I’m a Lhasa Apso and we’re not naughty! Everything we do is with purpose. With that I slipped through the gap to join him. I’m not being outdone by this cheeky dog.

I know what my parents would be saying to me but I couldn’t help myself even though I knew first hand that Lewie was a troublemaker. Anyway, if they have a go at me I’ll just use that innocent puppy dog face. They’ll just know I was only trying to keep my friend out of even more trouble.

The disappearing act

On the other side of the fence there was a narrow footpath bordered by tall trees and a long hedge. Lewie raced down the path and vanished into the gloom. I followed but couldn’t keep up. As I raced round the next bend he was still nowhere to be seen. After walking for what seemed like miles, I heard Lewie barking. It wasn’t the usual snappy sound but a whimpering sort of noise. I knew he was in trouble.

After following the sounds I finally found him. It looked like he wandered off the pathway. He had tried to get through an opening in the hedge but got stuck! There were sharp branches on either side stopping him from getting out. He was a little hurt though and by now had stopped whimpering completely. I had to get help and quickly.

Cry for help

As I retreated back down the path, I wondered how they would find Lewie because he was hidden from the path by long grass and lots of little shrubs. He was also silent now so I would have to remember which way I came. I was back at the garden fence and squeezed through into our garden. All was silent. Luckily, I hadn’t been missed yet.

I ran into the house barking my little head off. Mum and dad were talking when I burst into the room but they soon realised that something was wrong. I led them into the garden and down to the gap in the fence. I even showed them how a dog could get through but they did not understand. Suddenly Lewie’s dad appeared at his back door calling for him. The penny had dropped.

The search party

The two humans climbed over the fence and walked down the narrow path until they were out of sight. I needed to help them but mum held onto me. I was powerless. Then after what felt like hours, they both came back and told us there was no sign of Lewie. All the humans looked very distressed because now it was getting dark. I had to figure out a way to sort this out! Find out what happened next week…

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