Jim took Buster for a walk on Sunday teatime, after which Buster headed off - and didn't come back that night or Monday night. As you can imagine, we were frantic with worry. On Tuesday afternoon, I decided to take the car and go and look for him. I drove down the lane and stopped at our neighbours Joe and Hilary - and there was Buster huddled outside their door. Joe appeared and said he'd been there about an hour but 'didn't look good'. Too right he didn't. Of course I was so thrilled to see him - to be honest we thought he'd been taken or killed.
I tried to move him towards the car but he wouldn't take a step. He was incredibly thin - you would have thought he had been ill treated for weeks to look at him. I rang Jim and he came down. I lifted Buster bodily into the back and got in with him and we drove the short trip home. He did get out of the car and managed to walk inside. I don't think he'd eaten since Sunday and had obviously been running through all manner or undergrowth and brambles as he's covered in scratches. I guess he just followed a scent and got lost. He ate a whole tin of dog food and a bowl of dried food too. His stomach just swelled up! Then he crawled into his chair and slept. He's more or less been there ever since.
He stayed out overnight once before but not for this length of time. I hope he's learnt his lesson this time but somehow I doubt it. His pads are really swollen and he's licking his joints. Goodness knows how far he must have run. Here he is just after his return:
His tail was between his legs. Poor Buster. He has had lots of cuddles and food and has been out for the necessary just now.
I didn't mention it on my last blog post as I thought he'd soon reappear.
I think I've mentioned that I belong to an on line group called the Milliande Art Community for Women. In the textile group, there was a challenge to make some beads and one lady organised a swap - so, I make some and send them to her, as does everyone involved and she shares them out to everyone. Sounds fun! With a little help from Heather at 'Ragged Old Blogger' here are my efforts:
The last two are actually very small! So I've made 10 in all. I must say I've enjoyed making these and may make some in paper now - there are such lovely designs and things stick to it so well.
This is one of our latest poppies to flower. I've never seen anything quite like it!
Also this 'black' double poppy has just appeared. Isn't it just gorgeous?
The dahlia have also started to flower. This one is a cactus dahlia:
I think it's a rather delicate pink - and I'm a poet - but Jim growed it!
With Jim's sister Val coming soon, we've made another effort at the inside of The Deenery. Having made a list (in a book) - we are trying to knock the kitchen/diner into shape.
Jim has tiled, I've painted and cleaned grout. Now Jim is going to box in the central heating pipes. Hoorah! It's all beginning to look better. I'll take photos when we're nearly there.
Happy Wednesday Everyone.