I got home late and wondered where my dog was and by the time I figured out she had been gone since lunch it was to late to go looking through the woods for her. She has taken off into the woods for a couple of hours before but never this long.
I stayed up to about midnight hoping she would come home but to no avail, she was gone.
I woke up at daylight thinking I needed to go look for her but expecting a bear or cougar (animal type) had gotten her. She is a Jack Russel and can take care of herself but big animals could just overwhelm her and make her a snack.
Anyway this morning I went looking and when I got to the woods entrance I heard this little bark from far away and my heart gave this little jump of joy and I started looking. I figured out the general direction but when I whistled she would stop barking and wait for me to find her. When she stopped barking I had no clue where she was. I traveled down yonder and up back again and still no more barking, this was getting scary.
I went home and got my son up so he could help me look, and we went to the start of the woods (redwood forest state park unmanicured) and we heard "Belle" bark again from far away. Seemed like over a hundred yards. We started walking toward the sound and her barking was getting a little bit louder but a lot more clear. Strange. We had only gone about 20 or 30 yards into the forest and something was just not right, so we just stopped and listened, it seemed she was right next to us but the volume was like it was so far away. Hmmm
I was walking past a redwood stump and it occured tome to check out the stump. It was about six feet high and six or seven feet in diameter.(we have big stumps) Well she had climbed over the stump from some fallen debris and as she was walking over the top the top gave way and she fell down to the ground inside the stump. She had been insulated from us by about six feet of vertical space and three feet of wood on the sides. She was making all kinds of noise and was so well insulated we could hardly hear her.
In order to get her out I had to have my son hold my feet as I reached down into this six foot deep black hole and then I had to have Belle jump up to my outstreached arm so I could grab her. Cool.
Well she raced home and got something to drink and stayed home all day today "resting" from her ordeal.