The very early morning routine was the same. Carl got up about 4 o'clock to get ready for work. He let Todd out of his crate and got him outside. The backdoor was left open to allow the other dogs to go in and out as they please. I, of course, stayed in bed. This morning's peace and quiet was abruptly interrupted by the unmistakable high pitched wild and frenzied bark of Todd--The other dogs quickly join in and pandemonium and bedlam filled the darkness. I don't think my feet touched the floor when I leapt out of bed and ran outside, (not stopping to put shoes on). The dogs were all barking and jumping at the fence. In the darkness I didn't see anything but I somehow managed to herd them all out of that part of the yard and close the gate. I got all the dogs back inside and once I caught Todd, I gave him a really good once over. Other than being on the edge of hysteria, he was fine. Of course there is no question it was all caused by 'something' that didn't belong in the yard. With peace restored, Carl left for work.
However somehow in the chaos and trying to get Todd settled down, I hadn't noticed that Sam was missing. Whenever I call him he always comes. I searched the entire house, the garage, and he was nowhere. I turned on the barn lights and walked out to the closed gate and called him, no movement, nothing. But when I shined the flashlight into the darkness, I saw him laying in a dark corner of the yard. My heart literally sank and my knees turned to jello. I went to him to try and get him to stand up and he wouldn't. Of course I thought that he'd been injured by whatever was in the yard. But I manged to give him a really good once over and saw nothing that indicated he may have been hurt. What I did HEAR was his stomach really gurgling--Obviously he's eaten something that hasn't agreed with him. He's since gotten up a drank some water. He declined his breakfast but I'm hoping that it's just a bad restaurant review and nothing serious. He wants to be outside laying in the grass, so if it makes him feel better, I'm just going to let him.
The week has been an extremely busy and hectic one with work and the county-wide food drive that I'm helping to organize. I'm really hoping that it ends peacefully with all in good health and spirits.