Lost Dog Days

This coming June it will be two years since our dog Scamp went missing and I can honestly say that there's rarely a day goes by that I don't think of him. Every time I walk to the beach, or around the park I think of him. We searched high and low for him at the time, for days on end, and to this day people still ask if we ever found him.



                                  (Male, 5yo now, Tricoloured Beagle mix, micro-chipped)
                                       
WiiBoy thinks of him and misses him too.

We walked down the lane today and met a few dogs as we got closer to the beach. We also met a man walking both his dogs who always asks us about Scamp.

Suddenly we were surrounded by four dogs and WiiBoy very quietly bent down and petted one of them whilst I chatted to said man. He thought one of the dogs was ours! I told him no, we didn't get a replacement for Scamp but that we'd got a budgie instead! So much easier to take care off, that's for sure!

Then we continued on our way and walked wordlessly along the beach. Scamp loved the freedom of running along the beach.....



Although, he didn't like the water much.... especially the taste of it!


Not a word was spoken for five silent minutes. I could almost hear the thoughts going through WiiBoy's head as he pondered the loss of his dog.

Right enough, when he did finally speak he sadly told me that he missed Scamp.

We were definitely having a lost dog day. Both of us.

He was such a cute dog who loved his comforts.




Then of course he asked if we could get another dog.

Although we'd love our Scamp back we're not real dog lovers. Minding a dog simply took up too much of my time and in two years I will more than likely  have to return to the paid workforce.

I must say WiiBoy did put some good arguments forward as we enjoyed our lovely walk along  the calm, if slightly misty, beach.

He's older now and would walk the dog every day, he assures me. True... but he'd need to be surgically removed from his beloved XBox first!

He also suggested that if I return to work I should work nights, or get a minder to mind him at our house after school instead of at her house!

Clever kid!

It's not going to happen though.

Besides I have this uncanny, unsubstantiated and totally inexplicable feeling that somehow our Scampy will come back to us. Somehow.

He always went missing on us, that's undoubtedly  a genetic trait of his breed, so he most likely goes missing on his new owners too. Plus he's micro-chipped. I do hope that microchip is still readable though. All it will take is for him to go missing again and for a vet to scan him.

So even though he was the bane of my life at times and a complete Hound From Hell, despite aforementioned cuteness, I live in hope that we'll find him again.

With that in mind I did something today that I haven't done in a long time...... I searched the lostdogs.ie website. Imagine my surprise, or more precisely imagine my heart hammering wildly in my chest, when I saw this picture....



A very close likeness but it's not him.

Scamp has a white line between his eyes. He also has a chunk missing from his left ear from when he was lured wandered into an itinerants camp and set upon in a dog fight. Poor thing.

He also strikes... ahem... an interesting pose when sunbathing......



Scamp could be anywhere at this stage. He could be close to home or slightly further afield in the South Dublin/North Wicklow region. He could  be anywhere else in the country or even in the UK.

Have you seen a dog like Scamp near where you live?

xx

16 comments:

  1. Wow. this was a tough post to read. My heart aches to think about your loss.

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  2. That is so sad, I do hope that you find him one day in good health or that he comes wandering back to you.

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  3. So sorry about Scamp, just hoping this post will help bring him back xx

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  4. Really hope he comes back to you one day! xxx

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  5. Oh Jazzy, this was such a moving post, it made me cry. I'm so sorry that you lost Scamp - he looks like such a gorgeous dog. I hope one day you find him. We have a dog who's very old and not long for this world. I blogged about her here if you fancy a read:
    http://sahmlovingit.blogspot.com/2011/01/b-is-forbetty_31.html

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, it was appreciated. Lovely to 'meet' you.

    Heather xx

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  6. @DANI G: Thanks Dani.

    @LORA: Thanks, so do I Lora. You never know!

    @BLUE SKY: Yes, gotta keep him in high profile!

    @MARILYN: Thank you :-)

    @SAHMLovingit: Thanks Heather and lovely to meet you too! Scamp was a total nightmare of a dog but he was gorgeous too :-)

    I will check out that link of yours, thanks.

    Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate it :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  7. oh, this made me so sad. I hope he finds his way back. I really do.

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  8. Oh Jazzy..it is hard isn't it?..well..maybe sort of? I only say that this way- as I cleaned the carpet for the tenth time this weekend after my THREE dogs had a ummm..stomach issue. Everyone of those THREE dogs was abandoned and adopted by us through the good of my husbands heart...and as he works 60+ hours a week...and I am home with the THREE dogs and four kids..I have come to realize that I am so definitely more of a cat person! It is hard when they go missing though..I am sorry for that..LOVED wiiboys suggestion that you work at night! heehee..:)

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  9. @ALYSIA: Thanks... I hope so too!

    @KATHLEEN: Oh dear Lord... three dogs??! Along with four kids equals mayhem! Yes, the bulk of the work always ends on us Mums! Now I know why my mother always said no, even though we got them anyway! What's that WiiBoy of mine like...funny kid! So not gonna happen!!

    xx Jazzy

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  10. Can't believe it's two years!

    But you know, dogs can and do come back so you never know!

    You are right to think long and hard about getting another dog! I am always saying that dogs are like having another child around the house - that much work and responsibility and that's from a huge dog lover with a dog who's half-human!!

    take care
    Fiona

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  11. Wow where does the time go. A beautiful post which brought a tear to my eye (I didnt get much sleep! Well thats my excuse)

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  12. Hoping he finds his way back to you soon... It could happen, don't give up hope! Emma

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  13. @CLIVE: I know, can't believe it's almost 2 years! Oh yes, having a dog really is like having another child and i really don't want to go down that road again. I tell you, I was really glad we had no dog when I was sick for the last 2 weeks!

    @CASDOK: Thank you. Must have been the lack of sleep. Definitely!

    @EMMA: Thanks for that Emma :-)And for visiting.

    Thank you for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  14. Awwww...I'm not even a dog person, but that made me sad. I wasn't familiar with the microchip thing...hopefully that will reunite you with him one day!

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  15. @LYNN: Nor was I Lynn, nor was I...but he grew on us! Microchip not helping us out much so far!
    Thanks fo commenting :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  16. Awww, that's so sad. I hope you do get him back one day. Who keeps a dog that isn't theirs anyway? xx

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