Mama Diaries

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Furball on the Loose

The construction project continues. I'm not sure if it's ever going to end. Our German Shepherd, Schultz is having some doubts, too. All he wants is a nap. An impossible thing in our abode. The saws and the hammers and the general chaos are too much.

So, he's been taking matters into his own paws. I believe I've mentioned that the doors are routinely left open as the workers come and go. We've had creatures wander in. Now we have a creature wandering out.  That creature is Schultz. Usually we leave him in the basement, so he's not underfoot. But when the workers have to go down to turn the power off, he manages to escape. Right out the front door.

The other day, Mr. Schultz walked out the door all the way to the bus stop at the corner of the street. Fortunately, Bubba was there, getting off the bus, and spotted him. He brought the wayward creature home.

Yesterday, he escaped again. Since the kids are out of school for the holiday, there was nobody to meet him at the bus stop.  We thought we were doomed. Nobody knew how long Schultz had been missing.

One of the workers decided to try whistling. "All dogs come to my whistle," he said.

This dude had the loudest whistle I'd ever heard. I think even the man in the moon heard it. We waited a few minutes. No Schultz. He whistled again. A few minutes later, Schultz came, trotting down the sidewalk like it was no big deal.

The worker grinned. "I told you he'd come!"

Yay for the whistle! 



Before I go, I have two announcements. Actually three.

1.  My book, That Mama is a Grouch is available as a free ebook from Smashwords from now until January 1st. Please visit this link to get your copy.

2.  My book, Ten Zany Birds is available as a free ebook from Smashwords from now until January 1st. Please visit this link to get your copy.

3. Don't Feed the Elephant, my upcoming picture book, will be published in 2018. We have some formatting issues we're still trying to work out. My apologies to anyone who might've wanted to get it as a Christmas gift. I'll let you know when it's here.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year and a terrific 2018!   

34 comments:

  1. Hi, Sherry!

    Your story reminds me of a few years ago when Mrs. Shady and I had our kitchen remodeled. The Home Depot workers had the place torn up for a couple of weeks and the noise of hammering and sawing was heard all day every day. Our poor dog Toto freaked out over the constant din and the smell of construction materials and darted out the door every chance she got. Luckily she didn't run away before the project was completed.

    I wish you all the best in 2018, dear friend Sherry, including success with your new picture book Don't Feed the Elephant.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Construction isn't easy to live with!

      Happy New Year to you, Shady! I wish you all the best in 2018!

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  2. When my husband was alive we had a burst pipe in the attic causing ceilings to cave in throughpit the house, Our cat Tabitha and dog Sheba was home alone when it happened. On opening the front door on our return they just scooted past us as quickly as possible.
    When we saw the our damaged home we found the dog and cat then went to our son's home for the duration of the repairs.
    Loved your account of your family life.
    I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Poor animals! That must've been scary for them!

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  3. Maybe there are scary things in the basement...

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  4. Congratulations on your progress with the books. Glitches always seem to arise, but we get through them.
    Have a great New Year's, Sherry.

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    1. Yes. They do. Hopefully we'll get these glitches corrected. We've been working on them for a couple of months now. It gets a little frustrating.

      Happy New Year!

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  5. When our kids were young, one of our sons had a hamster who was an escape artist who did Houdini proud. At least Schultz is a lot easier to find!

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Yes. It's good he's so big! If he was Croaky's size, we'd never locate him.

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  6. haha that must have been one loud whistle. Or Schultz just thought it time to return home. Gotta love, not really, those glitches.

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    1. It was loud! It hurt my ears! Glitches. Bah!

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  7. Congrats on the upcoming book! Hope you have a great New Year too:)

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  8. Phew! I'm glad Schultz came back. That guy does have one magic and loud whistle. Heh. Happy New Year!

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  9. I hope your house doesn't have any gaping holes with all this construction during winter! And glad Schultz is back.

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    1. Yes. It's cold out there now! Fortunately, the doors have been closed.

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  10. Having work done in the house can be chaotic even for the furry members of the household! Glad Schultz returned safely from his wanderings.
    Happy 2018 to you and your family, Sherry. And hope you manage to resolve the formatting problems with your new book quickly.

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    1. I'm glad Schultz returned, too!

      We're still working on the formatting. I hope it gets resolved soon!

      Happy New Year!

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  11. Schultz was looking for the bus to Jacksonville, Florida. He wants to hang out with Franklin and Penelope.

    Love,
    Janie

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  12. So glad to hear he came back. Do you have a tracker on him?

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    1. He has a micro-chip and of course his collar tags. When he's escaped before, the people who have found him called us using the tags on his collar.

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  13. Glad Schultz found his way back. Congrats on the new book.

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    1. Thanks! I'll be so happy when the book is finally out!

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  14. I'm happy for the whistle man and I'm happy puppy made it home safely! Congrats on the new book! Big Hugs and Here's to an AMAZING 2018!!!

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    1. Thank you! I wish you a very happy 2018!

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  15. I wonder where Schultz was planning to take the bus to. How scary to have him go missing so often!

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    1. We've been lucky that he has come home! It's always nerve-wracking when he escapes.

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  16. The moral of your story is hire workers if they have whistling talent. Glad you got Shultz home safe and sound. Congrats on your books. That's very exciting.

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    1. Haha! Yes. We must audition all workers and make sure they have a properly shrill whistle!

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  17. Awesome that the whistle was able to bring your dog home. Sounds like a big help!

    Hope the formatting issues have been worked out. Formatting can be such a pain.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes. Formatting is a huge pain. Especially for picture books.

      Have a wonderful 2018!

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