For those of you who commented on my post yesterday about the missing puppy (and the bird), the puppy has been FOUND!!! Despite the extreme weather conditions, the 4 month old puppy is just fine. She was found in the next town, which is about a 10 minute drive from here on the highway. It's amazing this little puppy is alive and well despite temperatures that went below -40C overnight and got as far as the next town.
Sadly, this is probably not going to be the last time this puppy will go on the lam. These people's older dog has escaped 3 times the last couple of weeks. This puppy will follow him. Despite living on rural farmland, my dogs are indoor dogs only. They go out into a large fenced yard off my back deck. They are walked on a leash when outside of the fenced yard, except for Spencer who will not stray off (he is protective of me and he keeps an eye on me when we are out there).
So, again, thank you all of you who helped me feel better. I just want to let you all know the good news about the puppy.