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My Heart Sank And I Felt Sick To My Stomach

[box style=’info’]This story was sent by Ashley Natelborg from Hammond, Indiana[/box]

This is Daisy Mae. Three years ago my husband and I left to go to dinner and as we were out we got stuck in the worst thunderstorm of the year. Wind advisories, tornado warnings, hail, you name it! But it moved on as fast as it moved in, so we slowly made our way home.

As we pulled into the driveway I noticed my other dog Duke walking on the back porch.  Wait, what? Then I noticed the back door was OPEN!!  Apparently the lock wasn’t caught as well as it should’ve been and the wind blew the door open and the dogs got out of the doggy door!!

I wasn’t too panicked until we couldn’t find Daisy. I thought for certain she was in the tub, her go-to during storms. She is TERRIFIED of thunder and wind…  But she wasn’t there! My heart sank and I felt sick to my stomach. She jumped the railing on the deck. I went up and down the street SCREAMING her name like a crazy person. Mind you I was about 7 months pregnant and extremely emotional. I went knocking door to door SOBBING while my husband scoured the back of our house along the railway line. After what seemed like an hour (which was probably ten minutes) my husband came up front to comfort his (semi-embarrassing) wife, reality struck him as well. He started getting choked up and also walking the street calling her name. She is absolutely in love with him and when she saw him Daisy came running out from under a neighbors bush. Trembling, soaked, filthy and traumatized. It was one of the most amazing feelings of relief I have ever experienced!!

We still think to ourselves – What if she ran away that day? How would we deal with it, even today, knowing we don’t have our Daisy!  Where would she be? Did someone take her in? Was she at a shelter?

I just can’t bear the thought of never finding her. I thank God all the time that we got her back!!

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