No time for a picture, but we had a surprise visitor at 1.30 this morning. We were all settled in bed when Jules, our Dobie/Beaucie X foster started barking and howling. This means only one thing, he detects somebody or some animal outside. At the same time the motion operated light came on on the front veranda, outside my bedroom window. It does happen from time to time but normally means a cat which is soon scared off by the howling, but this time it happened several times so I looked out of the window and saw a small Border Collie looking back at me.
So I went outside with Jules and he must have thought at first that it was a cat and rushed at the dog. No harm done, apart from a small fresh red sore on his ear, soon treated by me with a drop of Bettadine, I gestured to the Collie who immediately came to me, with Jules in tow. I encouraged him into the house and we found him to be very friendly and was sporting a collar with his name, Eddy, and a mobile number printed on it. So I phoned, left a message then a text and we decided to settle him in Jules’ daybed, he normally spends the night on the dog settee in the living room in sight of me through the open door. This is inside a large cage and after we had calmed the two of them down, they had been playing very boisterously, I encouraged him into this cage and, unusually, shut the door. He cried a bit but once all the lights were out and silence reigned, he spent a calm night without a sound.
This morning his owner called and came to collect him. She was on her way to work and I was getting ready for my weekly shop, on which I would otherwise have taken him, along with Jules, so not much time to talk.
To be honest I was sad to see him go, and I am sure Jules enjoyed the rediscovery of play, lost since Harper Grace our last foster was rehomed. Maybe next time.