From: L.W. Thompson
Date: Thu Jun 1, 2000 10:00pm
Subject: Search for Barbie Day 38

Today has been a very difficult day for me.

This morning, I took Beasley and Meggin on a walk together, across to the other side of the Bypass. Generally I don't go that way because it involves crossing the busy street and I don't like doing that.

I stopped by a bus stop to talk with the kids and see if any of them recognized Meggin as being from that area. None of them had seen her before, but one of the girls said that she'd seen two boys beating a beagle (to death) several weeks before. I got the details from her, then returned home to talk with the manager of the apartment complex where the boys had previously been living.

The manager claimed that neither boy currently lived there, and had not lived there for some time. She suggested that I call the school system to get more information on the boys. Of course the school system could not give me information (the kids privacy you know) so I just called the police and reported what I'd been told.

At that point I just went into "auto-pilot" mode and even though it is Thursday and I didn't have to go to work until 2:00 in the afternoon, I found myself at my office at 9:00 am.

While I was at the office, a lady called asking if the dog I'd found was possibly hers -- she'd lost her beagle on Quarry road... which just happened to be where I'd gone to check out a wandering beagle yesterday!

Had it not been for my "found" ad about Meggin, I might not have been able to connect the owner with the lady who had found *her* beagle.

Needless to say, I returned home shortly after that and went to take Beasley and Meggin on another walk to the park.

I haven't heard anything definitive from the police, but I'll be speaking with them in the morning again. Regardless of whose beagle was involved, the boys who committed the crime need to be straightened out.

I just don't think it could be Barbie because of her overly cautious personality. How would anyone be able to get close enough to harm her? She's just not the type to stand still and allow herself to be hurt.

This evening I got a call from a man who was wanting to find out if Meggin could possibly be his dog. His dog was definitely not Meggin -- however, when I told him about Barbie, he did say he'd seen the flyer and advertisement. He asked how much the reward is and when I told him, he said he'd start looking for her tomorrow! I guess money does make a difference to some people.

Tonight, Meggin and Beasley were playing an exuberant game of "Beagle Championship Wrestling" when Meg remembered too late that she had to go potty... at least she did it in the kitchen on the linoleum. Maybe they should take potty breaks during their wrestling matches!

I'm definitely ready for a good night's sleep. Hopefully with the exercise they got, they'll be ready for some sound sleep too!

Leann & Beasley & Meggin
Missing Barbie

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