Saturday, December 14, 2013

Animal Crackers - Missing Niner

Howdy -

This week has been a very worrying and sad week here. Last weekend we left the house for 1 1/2 hours and when we returned, Niner was missing.



The three outside dogs, Niner, and his sisters Nally and Moxie, were playing with each other just like the always are. They ran and followed us to our front gate. Normally they would have run back to the house as soon as we would drive away. That is how it has been for the years since we adopted them from our neighbor. When we returned home just 90 minutes later the girls were laying at the gate as if they were waiting for us. But we soon realized that they were waiting for Niner. We searched until dark. Was up the next morning at sunrise and 27 degrees, and Hubby went out and starting searching more. Talked to all our neighbors and also located the workman that were working across our pasture. They all remember seeing him playing, but no one knows anything about where he went. 


The only thing we can come up with is that someone that came down our road saw how friendly and funny he is and decided that they wanted him, coaxed him out of our fence and took him.


 We hope and pray that he if was stolen, he has a good home and is loved. But I still keep looking and calling for him. As do his sisters... poor girls have been looking for him all week. The girls are more skittish with strangers and would not go up to someone. Niner knows no strangers and was happy and friendly with anyone.


I am still holding out as much hope as I can that he will be found and return home. But after a week... Hubby and I have just been sick all week. It is always hard to loose one of our babies. When one of our kids get sick or dies it just guts us both. But this one has been really hard to deal with... we don't know what happened or where he is. We miss him horribly...

One evening after Hubby had been out walking the pastures and fields looking for Niner he came back in at dark and laid back in his recliner to rest a bit. Libbie has learned a new trick this week, something she has not done before. She has come find that all though she is only 10 inches tall, she can jump! And jump high enough to get in her Daddy's lap and cuddle in the evenings with him. That is a place that Gato has claimed until now as her private place.... Now she has to share...


They were all resting and it was too cute to not snap a photograph.  - Now he may not be happy when he sees it here.. but it is really a cute photo... I HAD to share it right?

Later that night we put a movie on and I climbed into my recliner. Covered with a quilt and my feet up trying to relax. Then Gato decided that my quilt and my legs looked more comfortable to her....

She crashed big time and soon my legs went numb.


Didn't dare want to disturb her though... again just too cute. Lucky I had my phone next to me to snap a photo :0)

Sorry this weeks post isn't all fun and happy... the whole week was all about Niner and after thinking about it I have shared everything else here at Animal Crackers - you guys are part of the Animal Crackers family so we (Hubby and I) decided that sharing good and bad sometimes is life. You have been here for us with all our kids - births, lives, and deaths. Missing is a new one for us... but I know you guys will say prayers and think good thought for  this one here as well.

Where ever you are Niner... We Love you and miss you!

HUGS and -

14 comments:

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is terrible news, poor Niner. And poor you & hubby, I can imagine how worried you are. I assume you've spread the word among all your neighbours & friends? But sadly, if he was taken, he's probably miles away by now. Was he micro-chipped? I shall keep him in my thoughts & hope that he comes home very soon.
The photo of Libbie, Gato & your OH is wonderful, thank you for sharing it.

TA Carbone said...

Oh Michelle this is so sad. I have seen stories on the news where the dogs find their way back home when taken and if this is the case I hope Niner finds his way back "home"

Hugs
TA

Marilyn said...

I am so sorry to hear Niner is still missing. I read your Facebook post before and hoped he would have turned up by now and I hoped for better news.
He may turn up yet so my fingers are crossed and I'm thinking positive thoughts for you.

Redlady said...

Dear Michelle
So sorry to hear about Niner.These little creatures find their way into our hearts and leave a big hole sometimes. Not knowing what has happened is the worse part. I pray that the little feller will somehow find his way back to you.Must say an extra prayer tonight.

diane (cookiestamper) said...

I'm sorry he is still missing, Michelle! Praying and hoping he still finds his way home.

Ellie Maggie said...

So sorry to read such sad news Michelle and hubby. Niner's not an 'indoor' dog so as soon as he's able to get out I'm sure he'd make his way back, just as TA Carbone has said. He'll be in my prayers this week. Cats especially are intuitive to our emotions, but Libbie seems to know you need comforting too by that cute photo with hubby! Sending you hugs X

okienurse said...

Sorry to hear Niner is gone! Don't give up hope that he will come home. I had a dog that ran off/was taken off that came home after a month. I like to think he didn't like the new folks as well and found his way home! Love the pictures of Gato she is such a pretty calico!

BethW said...

Hubby had his 16 year old mini-doxie go missing like that. Hardest thing we have ever had to deal with. Much love and prayers are with you now.

Linda w said...

So sorry to hear about Niner. I hope he returns. I will keep good thoughts for his safe return.

stitchin' & gettin' inky...

Marie said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for your doggie. Hope he finds his way back home to you where he belongs.
Love n hugs
Marie

Carol Dee said...

You already know how much I hope Niner will return or at the best have a very happy new home. I bet his sisters truly miss him. Love the photo of DH, Gato and Libbie. hugs to all.

Helen said...

OMG, I have the tears in my eyes. This is so aad. I hope and pray he will be back soon as it is terribly not to know what has happened or where he is. Thinking of you and hubby and of course the sisters that miss their loved one. Big hugs Helen

JoanieMc said...

I am so sorry to hear Niner is missing. He and you and hubby are in my prayers for Niners return. I know it's so hard to have this happen. I surely hope he finds his way back home.

Hugs
Joanie

Niki said...

Michelle,
I'm hoping Niner will return, I think missing is the hardest to deal with.

Niki