I usually write the blog update on Wednesday. I had a fairly good idea of what I was going to write, and now I’m not writing it.

We were due to leave Tucson this morning. When the suitcases came out, Bella was upset, even when she saw that her suitcase was out in the kitchen ready to be loaded. She was still nervous and worried.

Then in a moment in inattention, while getting one car in the driveway gate and waiting for another to arrive, Bella managed to slip out. She was last seen heading eastbound on Tucson’s 5th Street.

We’ve done what we can. We’ve searched every street in the neighborhood over and over. We’ve called Animal Control. We’ve called the Humane Society. She’s chipped but she wasn’t wearing a collar or a tag. Those were in the suitcase. (My fault!) We’ve called Avid, the chip company to make sure they have our current contact information.

So now all we can do is wait and hope for a phone call. When Daphne got out (of the same driveway) years ago, the chip call came from the Humane Society within half an hour an hour. We’re three hours into the vigil right now with no call.

Bill is in his office grinding paper through the shredder. I’m in the living room grinding my teeth.

Bella found us once three years ago. I’m praying she can do it again.

So if anyone in Tucson has seen a little brown long-haired miniature dachshund, please run up the flag.