The night had descended quickly. The two little houses were very isolated and when darkness fell it  became very difficult to see ahead. It started to rain. I was fearful for little Lewie the Terrier who had been missing now for almost two hours, trapped in a concealed place. It was cold, wet and pretty scary out there. Mum was holding on to me making sure I could not escape the garden only for me to get lost as well.

Wrong directions

Dad and Lewie’s dad had just returned from the river path but without little Lewie. I could tell they weren’t going to give up the search as they chose to walk down the path in the opposite direction. Bad news! They were now walking away from Lewie and would never find him. Carrying torches they started off along the footpath and within minutes had disappeared from view. I barked! I whimpered! Nothing could possibly make mum understand. They were going the wrong way.

The grand plan

I knew where Lewie was trapped but nobody would listen to me. Lewie’s mum emerged from the house with two cups of tea. Typical! I am a Lhasa Apso and would never stand idly by drinking tea when a friend was in need. I did feel sorry for them, though, because they both looked so worried. A quick wriggle always works in these situations. This made it impossible for her to retain control of the cup in her hand. Mum had to put me down on the grass and that was all I needed. I sprang through the gap in the fence and raced down the path stopping only when I was out of mum’s reach. Then I started barking again only this time turning my head in the direction of the river.

The realisation

It only took a few seconds for mum to realise that I might know where Lewie was. Mum knows my sense of smell is second to none. Soon both mums climbed over the fence and joined me on the path. They both carried those little things that humans often talk into. You know the ones. They can also be used to light up the dark. Very clever. I was off again turning every now and then to make sure the little lights were still behind me. Eventually, I turned off the path and found Lewie who was shivering with cold but very pleased to see me. I was soon joined by our humans who very carefully freed Lewie from the hedge making sure that the sharp branches could not inflict any further damage.

Home sweet home

As soon as Lewie had been found, mum spoke to dad on her little phone and we all arrived home together. Lewie had injured both hind legs but luckily not seriously. He was just a very tired boy but so happy to see his parents. Lewie jumped on his mum’s lap and sighed with relief. He did thank me as well, of course, and he apologised for the tricks he played on me.

I was just happy to see him back at home. Our neighbours decided to drive home the next morning and take Lewie to their animal doctor, just to make sure he was completely well. He’ll be back to being naughty again in no time. I will miss him a lot but I am still on holiday and intent on enjoying myself. See you next week.

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