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Missing Abbie

by Meghann on May 12, 2009

Abbie gave me quite the scare tonight!

It was storming when I returned home from work this afternoon. Abbie was there to greet me as I opened the door to my apartment with arms full of packages. But, while she was jumping on me outside the door, she paused at the exact time a big bolt of lightening struck and a great loud thunder cracked the sky. The thunder terrified Abbie and she bolted down the stairs.

I dropped what I was carrying inside my apartment, grabbed Abbie’s leash and took off after her. By the time I got down the stairs Abbie was gone! She was no where in sight and it was raining hard. I immediately ran to all her favorite spots, dug in the bushes and was still unable to find her.

I started to panic and ran around like a crazy woman shouting “Abbie, Abbie” as loud as my lungs could scream. Neighbors started to come out and help me look for her and I ran and got my cellphone in case anyone found her and called my number on her collar.

I ran laps around my complex in my work clothes, in the rain trying to find Abbie. I was freaking out, soaked to the bone and all the worse case scenarios started ticking through my head as we passed the 15 minute and 25 minute mark of Abbie disappearance.

Finally, a neighbor called me over to let me know he had found my puppy. Abbie was buried deep in the bushes in front of the apartment building next to mine. She was crouched down, shaking and did not want to come out. Abbie was scared to death and I was in tears seeing my baby was ok.

I immediately brought her inside and gave her a bath. My poor baby was still shaking and after the bath refused to leave the bathroom.


I wrapped her in a towel to keep her warm and ended up feeding her dinner in the bathroom.

Talk about a traumatic experience this was for both of us tonight. Poor Abbie is going to be forever terrified of thunderstorms and I never want to imagine what it will be like to lose my baby. I was a very worried Mommy tonight!

With all the excitement of running around outside looking for Abbie, I was glad I had not planned to make anything special for dinner. I still needed to pack and catch up on Gossip Girl. I also had to call my friends and relatives to let them know the horror story of the evening.

Dinner was quick, easy and very simple thanks to some leftovers from last night’s Everything But The…. meal.


I was in an apple mood so I chopped up a small fuji apple and added it to the mix before I heated everything up in the microwave.


For such an odd combination of multiple flavors, I really like this dish. The apple was really the perfect add on. Yum! Yum!

My family is watching Abbie while I am in San Antonio and my Dad is taking me to the airport tomorrow morning, so I drove back home after dinner for the night. I just happened to drive by one of my favorite frozen yogurt shops on the way and after the hell I went through this evening I figured I deserved a treat.


I had a small Original/ Raspberry Tart Swirl with Toasted Coconut, Strawberries and Kiwi. Just what I needed.

Even though Abbie was naughty for bolting from me, I let her have some yogurt too for the trauma she experienced as well.


This afternoon I also snacked on a serving of Trader Joes Peanut Butter Pretzels before I left work.


Hopefully, the rest of my evening won’t be as exciting as it started out. Abbie seems back to her old self running around my parent’s house, happy as a clam. I am just happy to have her inside, safe and sound. I love my puppy!!

1 Run Sarah May 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Oh my goodness, how scary!! I am always so worried my dog is going to take off – for a little guy, he can be so fast. SO glad Abbie is okay. Have a safe trip tomorrow!

2 Kristin May 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm

OMG – poor little pup!! She is sooo cute!! Travel safe!

3 Brandi May 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

aw, poor abbie! I’m so glad you found her! We thought we lost our cat one day and it was so scary and heartbreaking. Glad she is home safe ๐Ÿ™‚

have a safe trip!

4 strivingforbalance May 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Oh no! I so glad Abbie is okay!! my dog is so scared of thunderstorms too.

5 FoodsThatFit May 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

And I thought it was me you were missing ๐Ÿ™‚

Glad you found your Abbie!!!

6 Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Oh my gosh how scary! I am glad you found her and she is safe now! One time our dogs got out and we looked for them for hours, we finally gave up and went home and turns out the dogs went back home too! I am so glad your neighbors were so helpful as well! Have a safe trip.

7 runnerskitchen May 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

So glad that you found your pup! It’s not quite the same thing, but my little sister would sometimes wander off while I was watching her and I remember the frantic name shouting and racing heart all too well…Safe travels tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

8 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 12, 2009 at 8:24 pm

OH NO!! THat’s the scariest thing EVER!!!! I’m so glad you found her! OH, and got fro-yo too ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Erica May 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm

oh my gosh- I would’ve had a heart attack. I’m so glad you found her and shes safe! You def deserve a treat!!!! and a giant glass of wine/beer/etc!

10 Victoria May 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm

So scary! had a similar experience with one of my dogs last year and I still vividly remember my panic. Glad you found her safe and sound! Have a good trip tomorrow!

11 Hangry Pants May 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Awww poor Abbie. Glad she was okay! Have a safe trip.

Can’t wait to find out what was in those packages. ๐Ÿ˜€

12 ksgoodeats May 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Oh no!! That’s so scary!! My dog bolts from our yard sometimes and it’s terrifying! Why do our pet children have to scare us like that?!

13 The Novice Berker May 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Awww… I’m so glad nothing happened to Abbie! That was a close one. Have a fantastic trip!

14 Amanda @ Fake Ginger May 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I’m so glad Abbie’s okay. My ex roommate had a poodle and he was forever running away. One day we found him in the Target parking lot across a 4 lane highway from where we lived! Scary stuff.

15 Nicole May 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Oh no! The same thing happened to my baby Pokey a couple times. We live in the woods and I was so nervous that he would get lost and not be able to find his way back. I trekked through the woods to find him, it was so scary ๐Ÿ™

I’m glad Abbie is safe!!!

16 karla May 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm

so glad your sweet puppy is safe. i couldn’t imagine life w/o my 7 year old pug…i’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old!

have a great trip!

17 Pearl May 12, 2009 at 8:57 pm

oh my gosh – i think i would’ve burst into tears as soon as i couldn’t find her outside. i’m SO glad she’s okay!

18 Matt May 12, 2009 at 8:59 pm

What a scary night! I’m glad you found her!

19 Christina May 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm

aww poor Abbie – so happy you found her and she’s ok!

20 inmytummy May 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Glad you found her. One of the first days we had our dog (he’s a rescue), we were visiting my boyfriend’s parents and he bolted out the door and took off down the street chasing a squirrel. It was very scary.

21 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Thank GOD you found puppy!! I would totally freak out too!! My heart rate actually went up as I read the post! So glad you found the baby!!

Great dinner and the frozen yogurt looks too good!

Safe travels!!

22 weight and meditate May 12, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I’m so glad your baby is okay! I hate not knowing where our pets are, it’s so scary!

23 carolinebee May 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm

OMG SUUUCH a crazy story!!! So glad u found her, what a little rascal. Have a safe trip and get some goooood Mexican food for me!!! xo

24 Bec May 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I’m glad Abby was ok!

25 Shannon May 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

OMGOSH. I would have died if my Libby was missing.

SOOO happy you found her. ๐Ÿ™‚

26 Julie May 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Oh my goodness, I’m glad Abbie was okay! How terrifying for you.

Have a safe flight tomorrow!!

27 Adi ( May 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm

So glad little Abbie is okay. Poor thing!

28 BethT May 12, 2009 at 9:27 pm

GAH!!! That is basically my worst nightmare!!! My dog has run out the front door before and it is terrifying. Glad little Abbie is OK!

29 Mica May 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Aww, glad she’s okay!

30 verbalriot May 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm

aawww poor doggy. My friend has a giant German shepherd and he gets terrified every time he hears thunder!

31 Marissa May 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Poor Abbie!

32 Laura May 12, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I’m so glad you found her! That is the most awful feeling.

33 HelpMeghanRun May 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Wow! Keep pampering yourself and your poor puppy ๐Ÿ™‚ (Who is very lucky to have a mom like you!) Dinner looks delish, by the way. Love those kitchen sink meals.

34 Jenn (eating bender) May 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I’m so glad to hear that Abbie is ok! That is so scary. I can only imagine what that must have been like for you. I’m breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Glad you got yourself some fro you and that Abbie got to enjoy some, too. Have a safe trip to San Antonio!

35 lilveggiepatch May 12, 2009 at 11:06 pm

That is so scary! I’m so glad you found her. Have a great trip!

36 bobbi May 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm

If that was Bosco, I would have felt the same way!!! I am so glad you found ABBIE!!!!

37 runeatrepeat May 13, 2009 at 12:09 am

That story totally scared me! My dog got out one time and I was a mess until I found her!!!

38 Rachel May 13, 2009 at 12:55 am

Poor girls! I’m glad you treated yourself, yeesh!

Safe travels!

39 diana May 13, 2009 at 6:44 am

Poor Abbie…poor you! Glad you found her safe and sound. She is very cute.

40 Lindsay May 13, 2009 at 7:18 am

Wow I am glad she is ok and you found her! I bet she will be ok in thunderstorms as long as you don’t expect her to be scared or baby her…they pick up on our emotions big time! Drs. Foster and Smith sell dog biscuits that have some calming property to them…I like them for when we have company over, might be a good idea next time there is a storm.

41 redheadyellowdog May 13, 2009 at 7:20 am

so scary! I’m so glad you found your pup!!! I had 100 lb golden retriever that was TERRIFIED of thunderstorms! imagine a huge dog trying to squeeze underneath your bed..and then not making it so his back half is sticking out. I felt bad..but sometimes you just have to chuckle ๐Ÿ™‚

42 Danielle May 13, 2009 at 7:43 am

Oh how scary, my dog ran away once on Thanksgiving I think there were too many people there and she freaked out. I’m glad you found her!

43 Allison May 13, 2009 at 8:02 am

OH my goodness – that is so scary – I totally know that feeling (Lando’s done it twice) – I got all upset reading your post because I have felt that feeling where panic just creeps up every second that goes by!!!! Thank goodness Abbie’s okay!!!!! She is so darn cute – I just to pick her up and give her a kiss!

44 Jess May 13, 2009 at 10:03 am

Aww, poor girls. That picture of Abbie is super cute though. enjoy your trip!

45 Paula May 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Thank goodness Abbie was found safe and sound! Whew! I lost my dog for just a minute or two once, and was a basket case.

46 Bridget May 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

Oh no!!! Poor Abbie!!!!! Our old dog was terrified of thunder as well, he would immediately go into the bath tub! So glad shes safe! Shes SO cute!!

47 Beverly May 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

OMG I’m SO glad you found her and she was ok. I can’t imagine that happening to my dog! How terrifying!

48 Diana by Design May 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

every time there’s a thunderstorm my pups are the same way! it’s so sad <3 glad you found her though ๐Ÿ™‚

49 Sara May 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Does your sister kelly have a blog?

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