The name suited our little Jack Russell dog as he was always getting himself in a pickle. This is a true story about our little dog who went missing for almost a year. Although we only know the beginning and end of his adventures and can only guess at what happened in between, I think this story shows just how amazing these little dogs can be.
It was 1963, when we moved into our new home. There were still a few houses still being built opposite us and Mum would often make the workmen cups of tea. Our little dog Pickle got to know and befriend everyone he met, so he was well known in and around the new estate that we had moved to and had a lot of freedom to wander in and out of everyone's home. He quickly got to know these workmen and was often found scrounging morsels of their lunch.
Pickle was an amazing little dog, who discovered that he could get away with just about everything by walking on his hind legs for quite some distance, which amused everyone he met so they all became very attached to the little one.
It was one Friday when he didn't return home. We weren't too worried as this wasn't the first time he had gone missing, and there was always a kind neighbour who would bring him home after finding him curled up in their shed fast asleep.
Saturday and Sunday came and went and we were beginning to worry. Could he have been shut in a neighbours spare bedroom, was he hungry and thirsty. We spent Sunday evening knocking on doors and the whole neighbourhood were out calling him but he was no-where to be found.
Monday morning the workmen arrived and one van driver told us that they travel from Liverpool and stay in BB during the week. The driver of the van was distraught and very upset explaining to us that Pickle had gotten into the back of their van on Friday, travelled to Liverpool with them and when he went to remove some things from the van Saturday morning, Pickle jumped out and ran off.
I think you readers of this story understand how we all were feeling. And how everyone was going to miss this little dog.
About a year later, he suddenly appeared looking healthy and very pleased with himself.