The electricity people had left the gate wide open. I knew then, that I should have checked before letting Angus out, and now he was gone. The yard was dogless.
We live on a fairly busy street, two lanes going each way.
Every terrible scenario ran through my head. He could have gotten hit, or taken, or maybe he's lying hurt somewhere. He wasn't even wearing his collar (but he is micro-chipped). I called Joel in a panic, he said he would be on his way. Ezra was asleep inside so I couldn't venture far. I ran down the footpath, and tried to catch a glance of him at the oval across the road. After no luck, I went inside grabbed Ezra, plopped him in the pram and took off on a frantic search. Empty collar and lead in hand. I was distraught, I needed to find my Angie dog.
I went to walk back into our suburb, but instead I changed directions and decided to head across the road towards the park. As I was waiting at the road to cross, who should I see but Angus, oblivious, running toward the house (but on the other side of the four lane road), he probably got thirsty and decided to come home. Panic. I needed to stop him, or there was a pretty strong possibility he would get hit by a car. I frantically ran across the road, trying to stop cars, waving my arms like a crazy person, but I knew I didn't have much time, finally I made it and ran straight down to the park, pram and Ezra in tow. Angus heard me yelling for him, veered away from the road and ran to me. Just in time. I grabbed him, got his collar and lead on and made sure he wasn't going anywhere. He was just happy to see us, he loved his adventure in the park.
He was a very lucky dog, he made it across that road once alone, I'm not sure if he would have been able to do it twice. He has no road sense, and he likes to chase trailers.
You know those moments when you realise that something really terrible could have happened. That you are so lucky that everything ended up ok, and it makes you so grateful. I know that the same scenario doesn't always pan out that way. I love my Angus, he is a massive part of our family, he was our baby before we had a baby. I don't know what I would have done if I had lost him.