Liz the Dognapper

Do you remember I mentioned that Liz kidnapped a dog while we were in Santa Barbara? She swears she did not do it on purpose, but you can decide for yourself. This is what happened:

As she was leaving the house to meet her cousin, a dog came trotting down the sidewalk. He looked kind of scruffy and had no collar on. No one else was around. Liz thought she could ask about the dog at the house next door, but the gate was tied halfway closed with a piece of string and she could not get in. As Liz was wondering what to do, a lady came walked out from around the corner but said she had no idea whose dog this was.

Liz did not want to just leave the dog, in case something happened to him, and to be honest he looked a little bit pathetic. This was emphasized by the fact he had only one eye.

The lady told Liz about a shelter where she could drop the dog off for the weekend. So Liz took the dog to her car and off they went! He was very friendly and well-behaved. When they got in the car he immediately jumped into the back and lay down on the floor like he was used to riding in a car.

Liz could not find the shelter and she was late meeting her cousin for lunch so she decided to just go to her cousin’s house for a while. The dog made himself right at home, and jumped up on the couch with Liz’s grandma while Liz called the shelter.

Liz also sent a picture of the dog to her friend to ask whether she knew whose dog this was, but got no reply. So off they all went to lunch, where the dog sat very nicely by the table and enjoyed a stroll near the ocean.

Then it was time to go to the shelter. It was about twenty minutes away and just as they arrived, Liz got a text from her friend. It turned out this dog lived next door!

His name was Jasper, and he was in the habit of letting himself out of his yard to go for a walk. He was simply taking his daily constitutional, when Liz just grabbed him and stuffed him into her car! Liz felt very silly about this, but at least Jasper had a nice afternoon. And her friend replaced the string on the gate with a bungee cord so that Jasper could not escape anymore.

Honestly, I think Liz was a little disappointed she could not bring him home with us!

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