Tuesday, January 17, 2006
before you think the worst, just know this has a happy ending
last night, gigi ran away.
i got a call from the local vet, and it went something like this:
rachel: hello, is that melbournegirl, this is rachel from henry the vet and i've got your dog here to be collected
[laughs at rachel, thinking she's made a mistake, she has the wrong number, wrong pooch, no idea, completely clueless, what a dill etc etc]
mg: i don't think you've got my dog there...
rachel: um, do you have a dog called gigi?
[mg stops laughing.]
mg: but gigi's in our backyard
rachel: no, she's here. she was found at the park, she's had a wonderful time. some people down there brought her here. um, can you come and collect her, we're actually closed now.
mg: oh my god. of course, of course
[thinks about "she's made a mistake, she has the wrong number, wrong pooch, no idea, completely clueless, what a dill" thoughts and feels like all of them]
rachel: you'll need to bring a towel she's a bit muddy, and her lead
[mg and john jump in car. mg can't believe it, gigi has somehow escaped. they get to the vet. rachel takes them into a back room where a very muddy and tired gigi languishes in a cage. she has a big strip of mud across her snout. it is very fetching.]
mg: oh gigi, you monkey. what have you been doing?
rachel: she was at the park for probably about half an hour. the people kept waiting for an owner to appear, she's had a ball as you can see. i didn't want to call the pound, she was obviously a much-loved pet
mg: yes, she is. my daughter's overseas, thank god nothing has happened to her. as you can see i've given her a bigger collar and haven't transferred her council rego tag and her name/phone number tag onto it
[mg feels like a dill]
[then there is conversation about how the contact details at microchip central have not been updated. that would be because i moved and didn't let them know. very very bad mg.]
so it all turned out ok.
we found out where she made her break.
the other side of the tennis court the fence is pretty ramshackle. a board was broken and there was a large gap, easy for a gigi to get through. and from there, luckily there were no roads to cross for her to get to the park, and to the mud puddle that she has gotten into a couple of times before.
john nailed up the fence. he was so sexy with his hammer. i handed him the nails. and felt girly.
princess update. i spoke to her today she was watching something on disney channel on tv in the hotel room. she was distracted, and didn't even say she loves me when i told her i loved her, when we were saying goodbye. but they had a great time at sea world and saw all manner of groovy fish-beasts.
she said she wasn't sure of the plans for the next few days.
she said they were going out to eat dinner. that was about 7pm their time so hopefully they have by now and that she is in bed.
today i'm wearing a necklace she made me. it is braided wool (green, pink, orange, blue, purple) and has three beads which are an 'm', a 'u' and another 'm'. these are woven into place at the front, and there are some other beads too of different colours.
we are going to see king kong tonight. have to make the most of child-free evenings and see all the movies on the list.
but will tape golden globes and neighbours. we laughed and laughed at evil harold last night. and paul's sudden agoraphobia (if that's what it is) is pretty entertaining too.
do you think harold's personality has split, truly, as a post-traumatic stress thing? it's just so unreal.
8 days to go