EXCERPT / Chapter One – Part 5
It was obvious he had a home—a home where he was cared for. His fur was clean and groomed. He was well fed. And he had manners. So that told her somewhere in this world, someone was searching for their four-footed friend. And most likely beside themselves with worry.
She slowly moved her hand to her pocket and then withdrew her phone. She didn’t want to make any sudden movements and startle the dog.
Her phone flashed that the battery was low. Hopefully, it’d hold out long enough to take a couple photos.
“I’m just going to take your picture. Hold still.”
He did everything but stay still. He sniffed her and then the camera. About the fifth try, she finally had a usable photo that she could post on social media in an attempt to find his human.
Gianna’s gaze met the dog’s. “Don’t worry. We’ll get you home. In the meantime, would you like to come home with me?”
She grabbed the handle on her suitcase and then looked at him. “Come on. We’ll go to my place and I’ll make a few phone calls. We’ll get you home in no time.”
She started walking because what else was she going to do? He was too big for her to carry. She really hoped he’d follow her. She didn’t like the thought of leaving him out here on his own. In a way, she felt responsible for him. She didn’t want anything to happen to him.
When she turned back, she found the dog was still sitting in the same spot. This wasn’t her problem, she told herself. She should just keep going. The dog probably knew his way home. But then she recalled his missing collar. What did it mean? Had someone dumped him on the side of the road? The thought made her heart sink down to her cute white sandals.
“I have food,” she said, hoping he would understand what she was saying. “Food. Are you hungry?”
He cocked his head to the side.
“Come on, boy. I’ll feed you.”
He got up and strolled over to her. She smiled. Apparently, he liked to eat. Thank goodness food was a universal language. They walked side by side for a bit. Then he ran ahead and she worried he’d run away.
“Puppy! Puppy, come back.”
He rounded the corner. With the heavy green vegetation, she wasn’t able to see where he’d gone. She tried to run after him, but her luggage got hung up in a rut. She had to stop and free it. By then she knew the dog would be long gone. She just hoped nothing happened to him.
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