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0 The World According to Bella | "A Night of Terror"

Do you believe in divine intervention? Do you believe in miracles? Mrs S does.

We arrived safely in AZ from Minnesota, but four days later a night of sheer terror unfolded. I went missing, Mrs. S had to call 911, 8 medical people came to our house with three emergency vehicles, Mr.C's head was bleeding, his leg hurt and Mrs. S was distraught and hysterical not knowing who to worry about first, me gone or Mr. C bleeding.

Mr.C and I were just returning from our late evening walk. It was really dark when all of sudden six javelinas showed up near our driveway. Mr.C was trying hard to be in control pulling me back on the leash but I spun him around, he lost his grip on my leash and fell over. Then I bolted off after one javelina with my leash dragging behind. I didn't mean to have Mr.C fall down, hit his head and hurt his leg. I just wanted to chase these javelinas around the house and down to the arroyo.

The way I heard the next part of the story from Mrs. S was she called 911. Mr. C was hurting bad and had to be taken to the hospital. I heard many people searched the neighborhood for hours looking for me. I can tell you I was not having one bit of fun. It was just plain scary out there with coyotes howling. I had no idea where my house was. I was confused. Around 2:00 AM Mrs. S got a ride from the hospital back to the house to lock it up, then go back to hospital to check on Mr. C. So now are you ready for the miracle and divine intervention? Mrs. S decided she should try one more time to look for me. Her friend drove up the street following the same route we take each day for our walk. At the very end of cul de sac she got out. I heard her calling my name over and over. I was exhausted from running for four hours in the desert. Mrs. S spied me on the side of the house. I was shivering and terrified being lost for so long. It was indeed a miracle she found me at that given moment.

I got a ride to the ER. We needed to check up on Mr.C. I was real worried about him. Some people even cheered when they saw me come in the lobby as they all had heard this frightful tale. I am happy to report Mr.C did not have any life threatening injuries. His head wound turned out okay but his leg and butt are really sore. He will be on crutches for a long time.

I spent the next day in bed recuperating but kept dreaming about chasing javelinas and being lost. It's ten days after the javelina invasion and I still don't sleep well at night. I have these nightmares that the coyotes and javelinas are coming to get me and I hear Mrs. S calling my name over and over but she can't find me. So then I get up go round and round in a circle around my bed trying to find a comfy position. Often I hear strange noises outside so I get up, check the patio door and look out the windows. I'm sure those javelinas are out there somewhere just waiting for me. I am so relieved when daylight finally comes.

Being under new management is not that much fun. Mr.C's walks were more interesting. We'd go on the dry river beds but Mrs. S will only stay on the sidewalk. Four to five walks a day seem to exhaust her. She thinks I have a lot of energy. Maybe she needs more sleep. Wish me luck. At least I am still alive in AZ but I am checking on the desert critters from behind bars.

Love, Bella

by Sue Ready

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