The Day Doc Was Left Behind


My husband takes Doc along with him to do the morning school run (I do the afternoons) and he loves it, the dog, not sure about the husband ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย To be fair though, he is very fond of our daughter’s dog.

I heard him come in yesterday morning while I was sitting on my desk, typing away. ย “Quick!” ย He urgently said by the door without coming in, “Hand me the cars keys please”. ย Concerned, ย I asked what happened. ย He said, “I forgot Doc by the school gate!”. ย He was gone even before I burst out laughing. ย Then the phone rang.

“Mrs. B”?


“I think your husband has forgotten your dog outside the school gate!”

I giggled and told her that my husband was on his way back to pick up our dog.

J, the school secretary burst out laughing.

I don’t think Doc was laughing though. ย To be fair, my husband said he was wearing his “loyal retainer look” when he picked him up. ย One of the mum’s was actually keeping Doc company when my husband turned up at the school gate.

Has this ever happened to you?

Have you ever left anything behind before?

Yes, Doc is back home, safe and curled up on his bed.


Filed under Little Pets

I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Oh my. I hope Doc is recovered from his mini adventure! My mom once left my baby brother in a shopping trolley and went home. She reclaimed him eventually, non the worse for wear ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Oh I’ve heard stories about parents forgetting their kids. It does happen! Remember when David Cameron left one of his kids in the pub (was it a pub?). Both he and his wife assumed that the child was with the other. To think they have bodyguards and yet it still happened ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  2. Awww bless him. It’s good that he stayed put. Dogs that we had growing up would have taken it upon themselves to undergo the epic journey home, Homeward Bound style! Glad he’s safe and sound ๐Ÿ™‚

    • To be fair though, Doc may be an over-excitable dog, but he’s a very good dog ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  3. Ah, poor little guy! I love that one of the school mums was waiting with him – like a left behind child! My husband is terrible for forgetting things – luckily he’s not left our little boy anywhere yet!

    • Same here. The mum actually said she was worried about my husband because she knows that he wouldn’t leave Doc behind ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bless her. x

    • I only have one, but when we go out, especially do the shopping, I always double check ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  4. Lol bless doc. Least one the mums waited with him. I definitely think I would have laughed if was in ur shoes.

  5. I totally thought this was going to be some awful post about your dog having to be ‘left behind’ at the vets and was preparing myself for a tear jerker. Instead I laughed with relief and then laughed at him leaving poor doc! Hilarious.

  6. ha ha so funny.. im the forgetful one in our house… when i was younger i used to go to the shop on my bike.. spend ages in the shop chatting and walk home… forgetting the bike!! x

    • I’ve been hearing loads of stories like that… so funny! But I guess when it happened, wasn’t considered funny at all ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

    • That is so true! Especially when parents of young children ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  7. Aw bless Doc he must have wondered where his daddy went, glad Doc took it all in his stride. How sweet of the other mother to keep Doc company!

  8. Poor dog. I don’t have a dog, so never forgot it anywhere. However I forgot my phone at the airport in America. Luckily someone found it and came running after us as we were about to go through security!

  9. I feel sorry for your other half. The panic of forgetting the dog and then the red-face that comes with the blog post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Awww, poor little guy. Glad you noticed quickly. I live in fear of leaving my Toddler’s cat, Blaze, anywhere and she’s stuffed!

    • I know the feeling. We were like that with my daughter’s sheep (soft toy). x

  11. Oh no poor little dog!! I can imagine how you both were feeling especially your husband!! At least it wasn’t any of the children!! It was good that some one was keeping him company though. I’m glad to read that Doc is now back home safe and happy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep, I think he’s gotten over his little adventure yesterday ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  12. Poor Doc! We have never had this happen to us with a pet but it happened to me. I was 19 and doing work experience in Maracaibo in the days before mobile ‘phones were common. My dad worked nearby and was meant to pick me up with the car every day for lunch. He had got half way home one day when the driver asked whether I was having lunch in town. The pair were very red faced when they collected me!

  13. Oops – can;t say I have left an animal behind but may have forgotten to pick a child up from after school club!

  14. Ha! Easy done! ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember forgetting my youngest outside a shop on the high street once, he was fast asleep in his pram. This was a long time ago though!

  15. Oh bless, poor Doc! I have once locked the cats out when ive gone to work. Thankfully they have cat kennels outside which is a good job as we got a freak snow storm x

  16. Awww! Poor Doc! Ha ha. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall to have seen that realisation moment. Amazing that the school recognised the dog as yours though – impressive!

    • We live in a small village where everyone sort of knows everybody and same with the school too ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  17. Um – yes, she says in a very embarrassed tone. Twice. First I left my dog at work. I had had a bit of a to do with a colleague and stormed off in a huff leaving the dog under my desk. Second I had organised a private BBQ in a country park where I worked for my volunteer helpers. My dog was ALWAYS first in the minibus when we came to leave only not this time as she was snaffling for burnt burgers that some-one had lobbed into the trees. I was a few miles up the A2 before we realised she wasn’t there and believe you me – I found out that day how fast our ancient minibus could travel. She was fine, albeit VERY worried. #AnimalTales

    • Sorry Rosie, I actually laughed. But I’m so glad you got your dog back twice! x

      • I can laugh now! When she was at work she was totally safe but the country park bordered the A2 and I have never had such a silence in the minibus as we hurtled back to rescue her.

    • Oh he was actually fine and yes, was enjoying the company of a friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I left a baby in boots the chemist once, got as far as the door before i realised he was in his pram at the counter, no one else had noticed. I did get a bizarre phone call from the school a few years ago, asking me to collect my chicken from the playground as it was disturbing the children in their class

    • Did you live near the school? That must have been a funny phone call. I burst out laughing when the secretary phoned about Doc. She was also giggling on the other end. x

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