ANNIE’S STORY

While on his way home from town during a thunderstorm, John noticed a small dog running around in the
middle of the street.  The dog seemed to be very disoriented and scared.  John stopped the van at the side
of the road and called to the dog, which immediately ran to him and jumped in the van.  He brought her home
and she was greeted and accepted by the rest of the pack immediately.

I phoned the newspaper that night and asked them to run a “Found” ad in the local newspaper.  The ad
started the next day.  I also contacted the two animal shelters and the County pound to report that we had
found a dog, gave them a description, and asked them to put the information on their “Found List” in case
anyone went in searching for their lost pet.  The dog was obviously well taken care of and we thought she
may have run out during the storm.

Five days later we were still waiting for her owner to claim her.  Since we didn’t hear anything, we
returned to the area where John first picked her up.  On one of the side streets we discovered this poster
nailed to a telephone pole.

We now had her name and phone number.    So later that night we took her home.  Her name was Reece and
she was almost 4 years old.  She is a mixture of Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, and Beagle.  Her owners
were waiting outside for her return.  We let her out of the van and she ran to greet them.  Then she turned
around and ran back to the van and jumped in.  Just a quick HELLO and a quicker GOODBYE.  So we pulled
her out and handed her back to her owner, and then we left.  They put her down and she started running
after the van as we drove down the street.  Again we stopped, opened the door, and again she jumped in.  So
back to her home we went!

I told John that since he found Reece on his birthday, surely she would be his birthday present.  He replied
that it wasn’t in the cards this time………….or was it?  

A couple of weeks later I had a dream that Reece’s owners contacted us and wanted to give her to us.  I
told John about my dream and he just laughed and said my brain was working overtime again.  But, just two
weeks after that, my dream came true.  Reece’s owner did contact us and told us that she thought maybe
Reece was missing all the other dogs as she seemed so depressed since returning home.  Personally, I think if
this was true, Reece was missing John since she had bonded so closely with him.  The lady said her teenage
daughter wasn’t home very much and soon she would be leaving to go to college.  The lady herself worked all
day long, leaving Reece home alone every day.  She asked if we would consider adopting Reece so she could
have a better life.  I asked John, and of course, he said YES.

So we picked Reece up the following day.  We got to her house and they were walking her out in the front
yard.  They released her and she ran to the van, jumped in, and sat on the driver's seat.  It was as if she
never left.  She had already memorized where things were, like the water bowl and the doggie doors to go
outside if she wanted to.  So Reece was home!  The name REECE just didn’t seem to fit.  John renamed her
ANNIE and she seems to like that.  And she is still John’s Velcro dog.

Here are just a few photographs of our Annie.  More photos will be included on all the future update pages
to this site so please visit us often.  I attempt to add a new update page at least three times a year.
Published January 18, 2012
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