(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!
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
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?