Tom: Hello Everyone, Tommy here! I have tales to tell but first, let's start with a photo of me, shall we?
This was taken yesterday, when #1 and I went out to lunch with some friends at a lovely restaurant. Believe it or not, there were three woofies at lunch, and we were all extremely well-behaved!
Talking of being well-behaved (NOT), my tale starts on our return home from the restaurant. It was already a little past the regular time for feeding Violette, so #1 rushed in, prepared her feed and came back out. Our girl was getting impatient and as we walked towards the gate, we saw her standing there across the lane... aaaagggggh! She was exactly at the place where #1 had noticed the fencing had disintegrated, and Violette noticed it too! She was out of there, in a hop, onto the lane and into the garden! Violette had decided that it was high time she came for an official tour of Poupounette Central!
Well, she was all excited and romped around the garden, kicking up her heels and galloping around! What to do? We tried calling Ms. S but she was unavailable. Our neighbour, Ms. H (Fernant's mom) came over to help but she's not much used to horses. In the meantime, Violette was up the lane, into the field, back in the lane.... Think... think... THINK. An idea! We let out our most trusted horse wrangler, Fernant! Now you have to know that Violette adores Fernant and it is reciprocal, so that calmed her down a bit. In the meantime, #1 ran down the hill where there are some gypsies living and asked for help. By a huge stroke of luck, the guy is a real horse whisperer and immediately came up. #1 lent him a couple of lead ropes and he caught our errant girl and started to fashion a temporary head-collar:
Thanks to our friend (and all his kids who helped), Violette was put back in her field, and he made temporary repairs to the fence so she couldn't escape again.
Violette will be moved to her new home (at Vidock's) this afternoon, so please wish us luck getting her into into the truck and over there! It's only 5 minutes away, but it may seem a lot longer!