Moberly Animal Shelter rescuers were a bit concerned when they removed several beagles from a hoarding scenario. Fortunately, other from River, they all appeared to be in generally good condition.
Little River weighed barely 2 pounds at the age of 7 weeks. He was brought in as a medical foster by Lindsay Lenz at Just One More Farm after the veterinarian advised that he would require additional care in order to get healthy and thrive. Lenz was resolved to assist in nursing River back to health right away because she had over 200 rescues at her farm.
“Initially, he was very sick,” Lenz told The Dodo. “He had little to no energy, and slept most of the time. I made him his own kennel with a heating pad and multiple food options.
For the first two days, I had to tube-feed him formula and medications … It was touch and go. On the morning of the third day, I was woken at 7 a.m. by the loudest, tiniest little howls! River woke up, and wanted to come out!”
Within days of arriving at the farm, River suddenly morphed into a feisty little puppy who was excited to play and explore the world. He was still incredibly tiny, though, so Lenz made sure to keep a close eye on him whenever he was out of his kennel. She was worried he might get lost otherwise — and one day, that worry came true.
When Lenz went to the bathroom and returned, “River was nowhere to be found,” he claimed, “three or four days later.” We have seen pups hide and fall asleep before, so at first I wasn’t too concerned. However, after 10 or 15 minutes, I really began to fear that he had snuck out the door with my teenager and had been lost.
In a panic, Lenz frantically searched the entire home for River. When she heard the smallest yawn, she stopped in her tracks and prepared to contact her husband for assistance.
Lenz remarked, “I started filming and went looking. “It took me a long, but I found River,” the speaker said.
As it turns out, River wasn’t lost at all — he’d been taking a nap in plain sight all along.
“[He was] tucked up asleep on top of the bin of dog toys,” Lenz said. “He was blended right in with all the stuffed animals … Initially, I was shocked, then laughed for a solid five minutes! I had LITERALLY walked past him at least a dozen times while searching. He was literally hidden in plain sight!”
Poobie, Lenz’s dog, had been standing close by the entire time, which made the situation even amusing because it appeared from the expression on her face that she had known where River was all along but had no desire in telling anybody about his hidden napping location. After all, it was obvious that he didn’t want to be bothered.
When I spotted River, he was completely uninterested and hadn’t even raised his head, according to Lenz. Instead, he gave me the side-eye, as if to say, “You disturbed my snooze! I couldn’t stop laughing after hearing that.
Since then, if River goes “lost,” I am fully aware of where to search. It’s one of his favorite places to take a snooze!
River hadn’t meant to scare his foster family. He just wanted to find the perfect napping spot, and despite all the commotion, he’s clearly so glad that he did.