Yep...not sure who was more upset, Lexie or mom. It was like one of them classic nites, dark, mom out w/her big lite....critters....it was pretty awesome. Only this time...it wasn't me.
Along midnite, mom was shuttin' the house down an' closin' outside. I had been layin' beside her dictatin' an' readin' the FB news. Then we both went to the back door to reel Lexie inside. She wasn't on her lil' porch, so mom called her. Then she whistled an' called again....no Lexie. Then she sent me out to get her. I looked this way an' that way, then I took off to the far corner. Mom grabbed her big lite an' followed....grumblin'...
There we both found Lexie. She was in the middle of tryin' to move/tear apart/dig thru a pile of landscape timbers dad had stacked back there to use later. Mom called her...but Lexie was in "hunt mode"....she had turned off her ears an' was totally focused on one thing....gettin' whatever was under those timbers. Mom wasn't impressed.
Well, since I was out there...I started to investigate what Lexie was after....an' sure 'nuff...there was somethin' there. So, of course I had to lend a paw to gettin' it, too. Mom wasn't impressed w/this developement, either.
Mom had to put down her lite, to climb over the timbers. Then she managed to grab Lexie's collar an' drag her outa there.....which was a step in the right direction...except for the fact she lost a shoe. He foot went between one of the boards an' when she pulled it out...the shoe stayed there. So she's standin' in the dark, way out in the back corner, holdin' Lexie's collar.......on one foot. She picked up her lite to find the shoe...an' spotted it. What to do....hold the lite to get the shoe or hold Lexie & try to get it in the dark. She decided she needed her shoe..an' the lite to get it. In the meantime...I'm still investigating.
As soon as mom let Lexie go....Lexie was right back where she left off. Both of us were now on that critter's scent. Mom was now "shoed" on both feet...had her lite...an' full of resolve. She waited until Lexie zipped past her an' snagged her collar, again. Then she walked her away from the corner towards the house. Lexie figured about that time, that mom wasn't in the mood for anymore nitetime huntin' an' when mom let her go an' pointed towards the house an' told her to "go to the house"...usin' "that tone"...well, the gig was up. Lexie headed for the house.
I was still investigating. Mom came back to the corner....an' kinda tapped me on my tail (she knows I turn off my ears when my nose in overdrive) to get my attention an' told me, "in the house...now". Hey...I'm no dummy....I figured I was still kinda on her good side...so off I went. In fact, I beat 'em both in the house.
Mom came inside last. Closed outside, locked the doors an' looked at Lexie (who was waitin' in the kitchen). Mom told her "no cookies, tonite, young lady...dogs that have to be drug by their collars to come inside don't get cookies". Then she changed all our water (they looked kinda disgusting from all the beard washin' from our hunt). Lexie still looked a lil' sad...so, mom gave her a big hug an' lots of pets...but still no cookies.
We both followed mom to her bedroom. I had to get my bedtime drink from her faucet, then I went up to my tower for cat watch. Lexie laid down on the lil' bed by mom's side, later to move to dad's chair.
This mornin'...we both woke mom up w/kisses. Lexie even brought her one of her stuffies. As soon as mom got dressed.....she called Lexie into the kitchen...an' gave her a huge cookie.
It's a whole new day....an' it's startin' out just about perfect for all parties involved......
But it's a looooonnnnggg time till midnite.....lol