With it just barely light this morning I got the dogs out for the first walk of the day. The last few weeks Josh and Sheba have been making their first stop of the day the pear tree where they pick and eat the unripe pears. I've just decided to just let them eat them because the stink-bugs will get them if they don't.
~Josh and Sheba raiding the pear tree~
This morning Josh took off in the direction of the pear tree and I immediately heard his signature howling and barking and I knew he'd seen something. I started after him and walked right through a spider web. As I furiously swatted at the sticky threads that were all over my face, I knocked my glasses off in the process. In the darkness and tall grass I couldn't see them and decided to leave them to retrieve Josh. His barking had stopped and with Charlie on lead, and the entourage of the others following me, I knew going after him may mean I'd lose track of them in the chase. So I tried calling to him. I waited, and heard and saw nothing. I called Josh again and waited...nothing. I called again and waited....Still nothing.
I got the other dogs back inside and grabbed a flashlight. Fortunately I found my glasses, (in one piece) but there was no sign of Josh. It was getting light and I looked for Josh in the direction I thought he'd gone and didn't see him. I decided to go back to the house and wake Carl up so he could help me look for him--And there was Josh waiting for me in the garage. When he saw me he stood up and started wagging his tail. His eyes were all sparkly and there was something so innocent about him as he was smiling and munching on his morning pear.