My dog has run away.
This isn't the first time, but it's different this time. She's an English Setter and not very bright. We got her from the pound in April of '05 because R absolutely fell in love with her. And I admit, she's very pretty. But like I said, no brainiac.
We usually keep her on a lead that gives her plenty of space to run, but keeps her from wandering. She manages to slip the collar once in a while. If she gets the chance to run free she just runs, and runs, and runs... following her nose, jumping in swimming pools, until someone finds her and calls our phone number from her ID tag and we go get her. Lately, she's been better. Still running, but keeping close to home, as if she finally (after nearly two years) figured out where "home" is.
Apparently, she SNAPPED THE LEAD and took off yesterday mid-day. Probably barking at a deer or something. In the process of breaking the lead, she also dislodged her ID tag. No phone number. No name. She still has the rabies vaccine tag, so maybe someone will call the vet... but not yet.
R's been to two animal shelters today. I'm putting up posters tomorrow. We'll keep looking.
But I miss her. Dumb, trash-scattering, loft-pooping, very gentle, really sweet dog.