Something About Millie (or when Karma strikes)
Written by Wendy Buss
Not Millie but identical doggie could be her twin .
I could only really describe Millie as some sort of dream girl doggie Millie was a tiny little chihuahua who was doggie perfection to look at .With big bulbous eyes liquid brown alert bright eyes and the flounciest ears that cascaded like fountains down either side of her head . She was a real live wire .Anytime you as much as looked in Millies direction her eyes would light up and her little ears would start shaking vigorously as she leapt and flounced and bounced gigging around the place with excitement
She was quintessentially a drop of pure joy .If you felt grumpy or out of sorts you sort of felt obliged to snap out of in Millies presence
The people she belonged to who I was housesitting for told me they had found her on a sidewalk She must have wandered away from home as a baby and gotten lost and these people had found her .They told me when they found her she was of a size that could fit very easily into the palm of their hands She would have been irresistible. Even full grown she was the most adorable little angel .That they couldn’t bear to part with her which was understandable .Yes indeed Millie was a treasure
The people I was housesitting for took off to South Africa on a holiday and I was assigned to look after two dogs one being Millie and another being her cohort a shihtszu named Luigi .Luigi was as laid back as Millie was wired He had just had his coat shaved coming into the warmer weather and his pink spongy belly showed through a newly growing back thin film of soft grey fur he reminded me of a witchety grub He’d constantly squirm up close to you as close as he could get and I thought of him as a little love junkie up for all the snuggles and cuddles and belly scratches he ‘d get
In the first two weeks of the housesit they were never more than a few metres away from me Wherever I moved around the house they stuck to me like glue and I became very used to them following me around like a shadow.Then one morning the unthinkable happened and they completely disappeared. One minute they were there eating breakfast and then they were gone .
It was on a good Friday and I was pottering around in the kitchen I had fed the dogs and was fixing breakfast for myself when suddenly I noticed them missing .I looked through the house my panic rising as I searched through every room .Any house sitter will be able to relate to the feeling that the worst thing that could possibly happen to a house sitter would be if a fur baby you were assigned to care for got injured or was hurt or even worse disappears and in the worse case scenario even dies on your watch .It doesn’t bear thinking about and here now this potential nightmare scenario was happening to me .
Millie and Luigi were nowhere to be seen inside the house,no sign of them in the yard and my heart sank as I contemplated the other options which was either they’d disappeared into the surrounding bushlands or gone up to the Highway which the house was actually situated on …. Not the Highway surely .At the house there was one long drive way that led from the house to the main highway it was very long and steep and the dogs had never ventured more than perhaps a quarter of the way up where a carport rested .They’d never even attempted to climb further up the drive way .Their owners certainly never mentioned it as something they might do and it was not something I’d ever had to worry about .
After frantically alerting neighbours who joined in a search of the surrounding bushlands with me and found no sign of them I finally came to the conclusion it had to have been the driveway which led to a couple of ominous options of possibilities of worst case scenarios either they they had become road kill in the fast moving traffic which streamed by or someone had taken them .Either option didn’t really bear thinking about .I tried ringing our nearest emergency Animal shelter which was also aligned to a veterinary practice but as it was good Friday no one was answering the phone
Eventually by midday I had to make a very reluctant call to the family in South Africa to tell them their precious Millie and Luigi had vanished knowing I would both spoil their holiday and no doubt bring wrath and damnation on myself .
The family naturally were very upset and sent their relatives here in Australia who were on a public holiday it being good Friday and who lived nearby to come over to help with the search .No joy and I spent the last few waking hours posting on various lost pet FB groups before crashing into bed heartsore and weary and full of self recrimination .
It was bad enough losing a pet but to lose the gorgeous dream girl doggie Millie ? really that was unforgiveable .
A new day came and with it fresh hope and early in the day I took myself over to a nearby coffee joint for a flat white .I was waiting counting the minutes down til the nearby emergency animal shelter opened
I rang on the dot at 9.00am and to my utter relief not only did someone answer but the receptionist confirmed that YES two little dogs HAD been handed in and one was a shih tzu and one was a chihuahua As I breathed a big sigh of relief the world righted itself only to turn upside down again as the receptionist in the next breath told me Luigi was waiting to be collected but the owner had already taken Millie home .
But NO I protested .How can that be? Millie’s owners were away in South Africa and couldn’t possibly have collected her .There must be some mistake
But no the receptionist was adamant they had tracked Millie’s owner down through her microchip and the legitimate owner had come to pick her up and taken her home the previous day .
Slowly as the news sank in I felt the neurons rearranging as the truth of matters dawned on me .Clearly the owners I was housesitting for when they found Millie had never bothered to see if she had been micro chipped probably because they didn’t want to give the little angel up
I could understand why they might not want to part with her but now it seems alas for them fate had intervened and karma had come back around so that now they suddenly found themselves experiencing the terrible pangs of sadness and despair they felt to lose Millie that perhaps her original owner had felt when she went missing as a tiny baby .
It seems that Destiny had orchestrated a truly freakish turn of events for the wheel of karma to turn back in Millies original owners favour and had orchestrated for Millie to be returned to her and right on Easter too .Could there be any better Easter Blessing ? Indeed the receptionist at the shelter confirmed that when Millies original owner came to pick her up she was crying tears of grateful joy amazed and overjoyed to see Millie again after losing her for so long after she wandered away as a tiny pup
As for the people I was house sitting for of course I as the housesitter was blamed for ‘losing’ Millie but given the sleight of hand circumstances in which both Millie and Luigi were suddenly spirited up the very long driveway something they had never ever done before when they had disappeared I can only say I believe there were other supernatural influences in play there that day .Is it possible our pets have their own guardian angels guiding events ?
As I thought about it , it seemed to me as if the wheel of karma turned a d it would seem the people I housesat for suddenly got to be experiencing the pain and sadness and l oss the original owner must have felt when Millie disappeared into thin air as a tiny puppy which no doubt would have been a terrible blow for her.
I was amazed and stunned and still shake my head in wonder to this day at the karmic events which unfolded and its implications for all parties .I am sure wherever this tiny little force of nature is she will be livening things up lifting peoples spirits and making them smile .