The raging storm meant that they hadn’t had the best sleep the night before. The rain had come down hard while the wind howled through the trees but must have stilled because when Jenna woke up, she realized it was calm outside.
But that wasn’t what had woken her up. Jason started to wake as well just as she started feeling around for the strange thing that had woken her. They were sent flying from their bed when they saw what it was.
Jenna Ryder and her husband had been together for a long while and were happily married. They had a peaceful life together.
They lived in a safe Tennessee neighborhood and thought it was the perfect place to raise a family. They considered it a place where you would be safe even if you left your doors unlocked. But were they wrong?
Change Of Weather
The weather started changing towards the end of April as the end of spring drew to a close. Despite this, it was still a pleasant time of year.
The weather grew stronger by May, but that didn’t disrupt the Ryders’ daily routines. They had always managed during stormy seasons and didn’t see anything different this time.
Their Safe Space
Although the couple didn’t have kids of their own, they had three dogs they loved dearly. They welcomed any of them sleeping in the bed alongside them whenever they felt like it.
The couple was like any other, who saw their home as their safe space. They never felt threatened or in any form of danger when they were home before. Little did they know that one day would change it all for them.
Jason and Jenna were born in Tennessee and grew up there. The two were more than willing to confront a problem when they saw one, but they had never encountered anything they needed to worry about.
But that soon changed when there was spreading news that they found troubling. Burglars had been making their move in a town very close to theirs, and it seemed to get worse as the weeks went by.
Jenna enjoyed being on social media and following the latest trends. But she also knew this news had hidden dangers many didn’t always suspect.
She knew from social media that all the hype might come from fake sources, so she couldn’t always trust the news. Because of this, the couple felt unaffected by the information that had everyone else so worried.
The safety concern grew when there were reports of the burglaries happening closer to their neighborhood, but the couple trusted their fencing and security.
Furthermore, they had three dogs who they believed would start a commotion if anyone tried to enter their property. It had never crossed their minds that an intruder in their home was an actual possibility.
The day of the event had started like any other for the couple. The weather was splendid while the sun was out, so the couple decided to spend the weekend at home.
But things slowly changed the closer it got to the afternoon. Jenna had just come back from running errands and was beginning to settle down when she spotted the signs of a problem.
Jenna saw that warnings were going out concerning the weather on her social media feed. It was the time of year when rain could be expected, but the notifications all stated to be aware of possible “inclement weather.”
When she told Jason about it, the couple agreed to keep the dogs inside the house for the night. The skies clouded over, plunging the evening sky into darkness, and that’s when the storm began.
A Long Night Ahead
Although the storm was more intense than usual, it soon became apparent that panicking had spurred the worrisome notifications that there would be flooding.
What made the storm worse was the noise of the howling wind and echoing thunder. As the couple headed to bed, they agreed that the night ahead would be long.
The Unexpected Surprise
The couple eventually managed to fall asleep. Around dawn, Jenna was suddenly awakened. She turned over as she felt something stir beside her. The weather was calmer outside now, and her mind instantly thought of the burglary stories circulating.
Jason awoke too, and it was suddenly clear that something or someone else was in their bed. As the couple moved aside from the comforter and saw what it was, they both jumped back in shock.
A New Friend
For a moment, the couple thought one of their dogs had climbed into bed with them. It was indeed a dog. However, to their surprise, they had no idea whose dog this was or where it had come from.
The pooch, a gorgeous pitbull-labrador mix, was blissfully unaware of the fright it had given them. Despite being in a stranger’s home, the cute little intruder seemed to have snuggled up beside them the entire night.
By the morning, the storm had passed, and the air was still. When the Ryders checked their yard, they realized that the wind, thunder, and lightning must have gotten rough during the night.
Their yard was a little messy from all the stuff that had been strewn about by the storm. It was now apparent that the strange dog had likely gotten a fright during the storm and found its way into their house. Still, one mystery remained.
The Next Morning
They were confused as ever, but they didn’t stay shocked for long. They couldn’t resist falling for the pup’s charm. It was one of the cutest things they had ever seen.
But where did it come from? They had to find out how the poor cold pup had gotten into their house and where its owners were.
Gaining Its Trust
Jason knew they had to be cautious. The pup was still a stranger and could do anything unexpected. They decided to see if they could gain its trust before going forward. They made sure all of their dogs were outside.
Then they could start gaining its trust. They took some dog food out of their cupboard and poured some into a small bowl. The puppy’s ears shot up.
Jason and Jenna were experienced dog owners and knew two things that puppies needed most. They needed plenty of sleep, which this little pup had already gotten, and lots of food. They could at least feed it.
The puppy greedily wolfed down the food and wagged its tail happily. It seemed to be calmer and less stressed now. But they still needed answers.
Where Did It Come From?
While Jenna spent some time in their bedroom making sure the puppy wasn’t too nervous, Jason decided to check around their house. Surely he could find out how it got inside.
He went downstairs and checked all of their doors. That’s when he noticed that something wasn’t right. This must have been the reason the puppy got in.
A Fallen Pane
Jason checked their back door and could immediately see where the puppy must have come from. The bottom window pane of their door had been pushed out, perhaps by the dog in its desperate attempt to escape the storm.
He quickly got to work with putty fixing the pane. If there were going to be more storms in the week, they would need it fixed.
Trying To Find Out More About The Pup
The couple knew that they had to find out more about the dog. They managed to find out her name from her collar – Connie. Pitbull labrador mixes were uncommon enough, but they could tell that she had been pampered and looked after before she found her way into their home.
They would have to do the right thing and figure out how to find her original owners. But that would prove more difficult than they anticipated.
For the next week, Connie got accustomed to their home while they printed out missing pet posters and put them on telephone poles, bus stops, and supermarket parking lots. But another week went by with no news.
They didn’t get any phone calls or tipoffs as to who the dog’s owner was. That’s when Jenna had a brilliant idea.
The puppy was so cute and loving that they had come to love her. The dog loved to snuggle and instantly got along with the couple and their dogs.
They were happy to let her share their home for a while. Realizing that she was domesticated, Jenna took to social media to try and track down her family. But they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
A Post Online
Jenna made a post online about their new guest. She described the puppy’s traits and personality. After the post was made, she felt good about herself. Surely, their owner would find the post?
But what Jenna didn’t realize was who would see her post and decided to take action. She could never have imagined her life changing so drastically.
Bonding With The Puppy
It had been over two weeks since their unexpected guest, and the couple had fallen in love with her. Connie was the sweetest pup and got on spectacularly well with all of their other dogs. After all, who doesn’t love a puppy?
The little puppy seemed to settle in well too. She loved to play outside with their dogs, and she’d come and cuddle with the couple during the night. But they had no idea who was busy searching for her.
A Phone Call
Two days after Jenna had made her post about the pup. She got a phone call. It was from an unknown number, and when she answered it, she heard a gruff voice on the other end. The voice was intimidating.
He asked her about the pup and claimed that she was his. Jenna felt protective of the pup and wanted to make sure the man was the real owner. But she had no idea who she was dealing with.
Not wanting the pup to be kidnapped, Jenna asked the man on the phone to prove that he was her owner. He answered gruffly, “Her name is Connie, she disappeared two weeks ago, and I’ve been looking for her since.”
Jenna sympathized. She understood how it felt for a pet to run away. She decided that he was the real owner, but she should have checked just who she was dealing with before giving him her address.
A Knock At Her Door
After arranging to give little Connie back to her supposed owner, Jenna heard a knock on her door not half an hour after the phone call with the man. She was busy playing with Connie at the time.
She got up and walked to the door before opening it. But the man standing on the other side of the door wasn’t who she was expecting. And she’d scream for her husband to rush to her side.
A Man They Didn’t Expect
Jason rushed to the door and stood by his wife. He was just as surprised as she was when he saw the man. The air around him seemed special. Then they looked at his designer watch. Connie’s owner was no regular man.
They didn’t expect to see someone like this at their door. The man asked if he could come in and explain. They both nodded.
Disappearance In The Night
The man explained how Connie had ended up in their house. It was the night of the storm, and he had taken her out to make sure she didn’t have to go to the bathroom while they hunkered in their house.
But tragically, lightning struck while she was outside, and she bolted out of their property. He tried running after her but lost her. He thanked them so much for finding her and keeping her safe. But he didn’t only give them thanks.
The Ryder’s learned she actually lived 2 miles away. Jenna’s heart went out to the owner, but at least now she would be reunited with her family. Connie had clearly enjoyed her time with the Ryders, and they would miss her.
There were lots of last-minute snuggling and puppy kisses all around before she finally left. Jenna and Jason were left with some cute memories and one unusual story to tell. But then the man surprised them with something that would change their lives.
A Generous Gift
The man seemed beyond grateful and had given the couple a gift for looking after Connie for two weeks. He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out an envelope.
“I drew this money from the bank after our phone call. Please take it, and thank you again for looking after my Connie.” But when Jenna opened the envelope, she couldn’t believe it. One thousand dollars was in the envelope. The man smiled and told her his dog was worth all the money in the world. Now the couple was left speechless as the man left the house, reunited with his special companion.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.