Riesling, lost & found

Back in early September (during our trip to Canada) our house-sitter let Riesling out into the backyard unattended and she wandered off. She was missing for three nights and even writing this now I can feel the ache in my chest from the emotional toll this careless act had on Eric and I.

Through social media and in-person searches, so many of our friends and neighbors helped us look for pup while we were away and helpless. My heart swells when I consider all the people who took time out of their busy lives to help Eric and I find our beloved dog. I have included the timeline of my posts below, including some very happy ending photos.

Neighborhood list-serv, September 5 (4pm): A miniature schnauzer is missing from 226 Dunhill. The house sitter has been looking her for a few hours. She (the schnauzer) is old and mostly blind so unlikely she has gone far. Please watch and if you see the dog contact the owners (don’t have their name) or stop by at [address]

This is how I found out after checking email when I saw two missed calls from our house-sitter. When she still wasn’t found a day later we called our parents and put up the first post on Facebook.

Facebook post, September 6: We are in the middle of our worst travel nightmare – our sixteen-year-old pup Riesling went missing from our yard due to an inattentive house-sitter while we are out of the country. She has been missing for 32 hours so far and several searching neighbors and friends have not been able to locate her. We are cutting our trip short and flying home tomorrow to keep the search going. If you are local and want to help, please contact me directly. I will be scouring our neighborhood and surrounds on Friday. Not giving up hope.

We were able to cancel our remaining hotel reservations and book award tickets home two days early. Several friends posted to local list-servs, went out on foot searching, and called local vets to let them know to keep an eye out.

Facebook post, September 7: Short layover and then we are home. No news on Riesling yet but Eric and I will be out at first light tomorrow searching. I want to hug and squeeze everyone who had traipsed through our neighborhood over the last two days looking for her. You are all keeping my heart strong. Thank you so very much.

It took forever (it seemed) to get home. As soon as we landed at 1am, we put out water bowls and recently worn clothing in case the scent of us helped her find her way home. We searched for over three hours in our neighborhood on Friday morning on foot and for another hour and a half on bikes through nearby neighborhoods. In our hearts, we knew she couldn’t have ventured that far away but where was she?!?

At 3pm Eric and I were exhausted both mentally and physically. It was our anniversary but we did not feel like celebrating. I decided to run some errands (including putting up more flyers) to avoid sitting around the house and while I was in the driveway I received a call from my neighbor Don who simply said, “I have your dog!”

To say I collapsed with relief (sobbing) would not be an understatement.

Eric and I ran over to his house (less than a five minute walk away) and he walked out of the garage with Riesling in his arms.

Facebook post, September 8 (4pm): Riesling has been found!!! Our wonderful neighbor swore he heard barking this morning and even though we checked the area already he returned after lunch and found her trapped in a drainage ditch. I cannot even describe the relief I feel and the love I have for all of you who helped us search. ❤️

We took Riesling straight to the vet and got her a full check-up. She was severely dehydrated but rather than having her stay another night away from us at the emergency vet we got her subcutaneous fluids and promised to bring her back the following morning at 8am for a day of IV fluids. After a bath and more water, she crashed out on the couch for the rest of the evening. We had champagne with our take-out pizza.

Facebook post, September 9: Riesling update: after running some blood tests yesterday, we decided to bring pup back to the vet this morning for IV fluids from 8-5. Her numbers and weight are nearly back to normal and she only needed an antibiotic shot for a few scrapes. If you need me, I will be here snuggling my sweet girl (whether she likes it or not).


Welcome home Riesling.

A family of four…

If you follow either of us on social media, you may have noticed an extra dog has been showing up in our photos lately…

So, say hello to Pasha – the newest member of our family!

She is also a mini schnauzer and we have pup-sat her on numerous occasions, including a trip to the mountains for waterfall hiking. Our friends were having trouble caring for her and asked us to adopt her right after Labor Day. We knew it was going to mean a big change in our daily routine and another added responsibility but we love her and couldn’t say no.

Riesling is adjusting pretty well. She would really prefer to be the only dog (soaking up all the attention) but if anyone is going to win her over, it’s Pasha.

Stay tuned for more adventures with our two furry kids.

Happy 13th Birthday!

Our furry child turns 13 today. That’s about 65 in dog years but you would never know by the way she approaches her daily two-mile walks. We’ve been through a lot of long car trips, hikes, stuffed toys, surgeries and lap cuddles.

Happy 13th pup!

Riesling discovers a lizard on the lanai  our little paper shredder
Riesling racing through the snow  Riesling enjoying a brief snooze
field trip to the bank and Southern Season

Riesling’s 12th.

She started out with a 5 mile walk this morning and ended the day with a monster beef bone from the butcher. Not a bad way to spend a birthday… happy 12th little one!

someone got a nice present for her 12th birthday someone got a nice present for her 12th birthday someone got a nice present for her 12th birthday

Christmas 2012: family time

We’ve been driving up to NY for the last several years to spend Christmas with Eric’s family and this year we finally made it a little easier on ourselves with the addition of an EZ-Pass. Any time saved was a good thing as we also made three round-trips to JFK to pick up my brother and his girlfriend so they could spend the holidays with us!

I really enjoyed having them there and Eric got to show off where he grew up…

smooth stones
lots of smooth stones on the sound

Horton Point Lightouse

We also took them to a local brewery in Greenport and a few of our favorite wine tasting destinations.

Christmas festivities were per our usual traditions with a visit to grandma’s for Christmas Eve and lots of stocking stuffers and mimosas on Christmas morning.

Christmas tree     ready for brunch

Ryan and Emily with their stocking
Emily and Ryan with their stuffed stocking

opening presents
me laughing that Mom couldn’t remember what present was which

sleepy time

And Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a sleepy schnauzer to snuggle with. We had a great time catching up with family and I am looking forward to less time in the car over the next two weeks! :)

Asheville 2012: views

Last weekend we packed up the Vue, put Riesling in the back seat, and drove out to Asheville to enjoy some hiking amongst the fall color. We hit six waterfalls between Dupont Forest, Pisgah Forest and the Blue Ridge parkway along with quite a few beautiful overlooks.

lower Triple Falls
Lower Triple Falls

Moore Cove Falls
Moore Cove Falls

Blue Ridge Mountains
hillside in peak color

Looking Glass overlook
a beautiful day to be outside

Second Falls
Second Falls

Leandra and Riesling

NC is still one of our favorite waterfall hiking spots in the world, and this trip was a great reminder of the beauty found in our state.  More photos can be found on Flickr.

Happy 11th Birthday!

A certain furry someone in our family turns 11 years old today.

Everyone who meets her is surprised when I tell them how old she is and we hope she has many more high-energy years ahead of her!