From: L.W. Thompson lwthomp@indwes.edu
Date: Tue May 9, 2000 9:42pm
Subject: Search for Barbie Day 15

Two weeks ago today, Barbie left me.

Today, I got two calls before breakfast from people saying they'd seen beagles that could possibly be Barbie, so I went out in the rainy damp muddy countryside to look.

The first call was from a man who had left for work and found two beagles sitting in front of his garage. When I arrived at his house, there was no sign of either dog. I spent some time walking around the property, looking under the old "classic" car that was sitting in pieces in the back yard, and calling for Barbie.

The second call came just as I was ready to start in on breakfast the second time. This time a lady had gotten a call from her daughter who was on the way home from work, saying that she'd seen a beagle near a school out in the country south of town on SR 37. So I quickly dressed for work, and drove to meet the lady's daughter who was still trailing the dog. Just minutes before I arrived (in fact, she could already see me coming down the road) the dog disappeared into the field and was completely gone without a trace by the time I got out of the car.

I spent a half hour up to my knees in tall saw grass, calling, walking, calling some more. The dog (if it was still out there) didn't have any intention of coming out of hiding, so I got back in the car and headed for the office.

After work this evening, I decided to see if I could find anything out at the second location, so I drove south again to the property where I'd walked through the grass this morning. Soon after I made a pass in front of the house, I noticed a dark band of clouds rolling in fast from the West. Hoping and praying that Barbie was at least safe somewhere, I headed for home.

I probably broke several land speed records for Plymouth Neons, but made it back almost to the southern edge of Marion before the orange and black clouds crossed the State Road.

Apparently we're under some severe weather warnings for this evening. I'm glad to be safe at home. I only wish Barbie was here with me.

Leann & Beasley
Missing Barbie
http://beagle.jumpfamily.com/

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