We were working in the garden. I was trying to get the rest of my plants planted. Sometime this week we're getting a sprinkler system put in, plus the beds still need to be mulched and I just want all the plants in place. As we are going along, Rob's guys come by. Pookie, of course is thrilled to see the trucks. I needed to talk to one of the guys for a minute, to go over business what-not, and during that time, Pookie disappeared. Thank goodness Rob's guys started to look for Pookie. We checked the front yard, the back yard, behind the garage, in the garage, and a quick check of the neighbors yard. As I was checking the house, one of the guys found Pookie. He was on the far side of the neighbors house. I have never been so scared. I know Pookie was only missing for a couple of minutes, but it felt like forever. It is the most disgustingly sick feeling, with a large dash of panic on top.
It's really too bad that they don't make an electric fence for kids. I would so invest in one. I know, it is my duty as a parent to keep an eye on my child. I'm not the first parent to misplace a child, and I know I won't be the last. It's funny, we keep our pets on leashes and make sure that they are properly fenced in. Kids are a whole other story. I've heard that using a tether on a child is just bad parenting. Can't you teach your kid to stay with you and not run off? Sorry, I have a very inquisitive child that likes to disappear. I think I would rather make sure my child is safe, thanks for asking though. At two, Pookie doesn't have the brain development to realize that running off is a really, really bad idea. So I think that I will be investing in some rope and a dog run. I don't care if I have to tie Pookie in knots, I'm not loosing that kid again. I guess I'm going to be "that" parent on the street.