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    I took Banjo for a drive yesterday when I went to pick up my shopping that I ordered online. Then had to go into the supermarket after all. Then I couldn't find the bottle shop and ended up stopping at the local shops to buy beer. And decided to let Banjo out of the car to stretch her legs. I left her outside the supermarket, no lead, I know...

    I'm in there for all of 5 minutes, the grog is right near the doors. I get to the register, look out the door, no dog. I stick my head out, no dog. I call, no dog.

    I ask the girl at the register if she has seen the dog. She says: oh yeah, he belonged to that guy, he left. I ask, brindle dog, medium size? Yep. She says he took her to his car. She seems to know the guy as a regular, knows he drives a white car.

    I swear, walk in and out, call again for the dog, just in case the car's still in the carpark. The girl tells me he drove off.

    My first thought is that the bloke thought the dog was a stray. I tend to think the best of people first. But I was gone for only 5 minutes, the dog would have sat there watching the door, should have been obvious that she was waiting for someone.

    I paid for my shopping and went to the car, someone tells me to call the police. I call the local vet first. They tell me to call the police too. A woman comes to talk to me and tells me the same. I decide to go talk to the supermarket girls again to find out what the guy and his car look like. I'm nearly at the door and there is Banjo running up to me from the other side of the carpark.

    The supermarket girl tells me the bloke drove into the carpark and let her out at the other end and drove off. I just catch a glimpse of a white panel van leaving the carpark. But am concentrating on Banjo who is jumping all over me and the nice woman who loves dogs. A stranger runs after the car and then hands me a note with the rego number. The woman yells abuse at the leaving car on my behalf.

    I reported it to the police when I got home. They took it way more serious than I had expected. She asked me if I wanted to come in to make a statement, if I was willing to go to court, etc. I said I didn't really see much use in doing that as I got my dog back so quickly. That I just wanted to report it in case he is known to the police and - finally I say it out loud - related to dog fighting.

    I'm just so happy to have her back. And Banjo has been staying a bit closer to me. Normally when we are out the front of our house, she'll go check the neighbours' driveways to sniff out the tradies' rubbish. But not yesterday.

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    I can't believe how lucky you were!
    I wonder why he brought Banjo back?

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    I think someone who knows him might have overheard everyone telling me to call the cops and called him?

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    Wow, you are so very lucky to have not lost her.
    I bet your heart was thumping!
    Glad she is safe now.

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    That's terribly frightening Beloz!!
    That's one reason i will never leave my dogs out the front of a shop...

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    Geez you're lucky! But why don't you want to report it to the police? If he really wanted to steal Banjo (looks like it) a bit of investigation wouldn't do any harm...

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    That's truly scary. So glad for you that the outcome was a good one.

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    Holy crap!
    Poor you guys!
    I do not see any need to go to police. Whilst you may not wish to press charges, should the police wish to, that is their agenda. You'll get subpoenaed
    anyhow.
    should they wish to.

    But your goal has been reached. Banjo is safe back with people he trusts. And that "I told you so" voice in your head, will be ringing Bano's too, hence closer to comfort seeking behaviours.

    I must say, you were really 'professional' in planning, before taking action. Gathering the info you req to give to police etc. I would'nt mind having you around in my next crisis/curve ball life wants to throw me.

    Im so happy all is well.
    I read thread title, first sentence, panic feelings inside, and had to skip what you wrote, to the bit where you said you were so relieved! Then i could read the story.

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    I am so relieved for banjo and you.

    Nothing worse than that sick feeling you get when you can't find your dog.

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    Bernie, I am pretty unflappable in times of crisis. It's the small stuff that usually makes me crack and brings out my inner dramaqueen.

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