Since around 09:30 yesterday morning we haven’t seen Buster
any more and we don’t know what happened to him. And this is what happened: Buster and Sally had been out quite a bit during the night, guarding a raccoon in a tree. In the morning, I wanted to chase that raccoon away and went out with my shotgun and just shot in the air close to it. And that must have scared the dogs enormously, as they immediately took off and disappeared in the bushes. Sally returned after about 2 1/2 hours, but we haven’t seen any sign of Buster yet [06:55].
Twice yesterday I walked across our and neighbouring properties, calling for him, but no response. And in the evening we drove around in the car, covering a much larger area, but again to no avail.
I have absolutely no idea what may have happened. I can easily imagine that he took off in a fright, but not very far. I would assume that he’d stay on the property – just in hiding. And I really cannot imagine that he’d not come back since he needs his food and – even more – his water, especially in this heat [around 100 Fahrenheit]. I can only imagine that something must have happened to him – maybe a heat stroke? When Sally came back she was really panting for quite a while.
So now I can only hope that he’ll be back but hope is diminishing by the minute and I’m abolutely devastated that my best friend may have gone for ever. Of course, now, with hindsight, I’m berating myself that I didn’t get the doggies in the house before shooting off the shotgun.
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