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Sahraa the wonder dog (story included)

Sahraa the wonder dog (story included)

Budapest, Hungary

This story doesn't belong with this picture, but I really would like to relate it for those of you who view this image.

When we were packing out of our house to move to Budapest, we had to move into a hotel towards downtown Washington that was about 15 blocks away. We used to drive to the house from there every day, along with Sahraa. We walked twice after we sold our car. So one day I had to stay at the hotel to work, while my husband and Sahraa went to the house as the painters were there. The painter left the gate open, and she left the premises. He went chasing after her, but couldn't keep up (she is like a gazelle when she runs, except she knows nothing about cars and traffic...) and he even got a police cruiser to help chase her. They couldn't catch her, and suddenly she was gone.

It turns out that she ran all the way to our hotel, marched in the front door and got on an elevator. She got off on the wrong floor (she's not that smart ;-)), but went to our room on the different floor and parked herself by the front door. I guess she thought I was still there, but I had in the meantime walked to the house. The hotel staff put her in our room for us until we got back.

That is what I call a pretty amazing dog!

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larose forest photos11-Apr-2016 21:33
Wow, this is another amazing story. I tell you, she has nine lives for sure. She is also very, very smart. V
Karen Moen18-Aug-2015 04:14
Love those expressive eyes. She was probably suffering from a bit of separation anxiety and was making sure not to lose you. I think rescues and strays are often sent to us when we are ready to accept them into our lives. They often turn out to be especially unique and loving. Wonderful portrait.
Franca Blom15-May-2013 21:05
Such an amazing story of a very smart dog. I think she has got a tasty treat when you found that she had come back on her own.
She is a beauty.
Ann Cleeves30-Dec-2012 23:42
An absolutely gorgeous picture of this amazing animal...what a story!
Kevin Warren18-Dec-2012 14:37
A pose I well recognize. Sahraa is irresistable!
Jola Dziubinska18-Oct-2012 12:22
Wonderful story about Sahraa, she really is a loving and smart dog. V.
Gary A. Rich (GRainelev)18-Sep-2012 08:35
This sounds like Hunter Jean. We are having our front room, dining room and stairs to the upstairs painted. They painters had the front door open, Monday. She would not go outside. She stayed in the house. I guess being over-protecting parents, we learn something about her, today.
Graeme09-Aug-2012 09:34
What a wonderful story about Sahrra. It sounds like a clip from a film! I am glad she didnt come to any harm and she got to the hotel safely...
Stephanie11-May-2012 11:40
This is one of the most amazing and loving stories I've read in a long time! She is a VERY smart dog! :)) Cute too! V
January Grey11-Feb-2012 15:05
no way she would allow you to leave her behind! what a great story and what a smart girl! and she's looking pretty proud of herself in this photo! what a cutie! time for a tummy rub! great shot, Helen. V~
Jim Coffman24-Oct-2011 20:27
What a sweet dog!! Wonderful story with a great ending!! BV
Vickie BROWN11-Sep-2011 05:37
Dogs are very straight way always, somehow, it's a lovely story! I like it. ~voted
alfredo camba jr.01-Oct-2010 15:43
Very nice and lovely capture! Cute dog! V