Alas, it was already too late. She had bolted at the first firework and ran out the gate in their yard. Later a big debate would ensue as to whether the gate was left unlocked and Missy pawed it open or if she jumped the fence, we ultimately decided the gate was left open. Mike drove around while the kids walked around looking for her. They did this until 1:00AM with no luck. The gate was left open in case she came home and we all went to bed.
The search resumed the next morning in full force. The neighboors were notified and Mike called the Polizei, or Police, as they are the ones that pick up strays. Amanda and Mike drove around and eventually found Missy a fair distance away, not far from the Autobahn. After Missy was recovered, the kids played in the backyard.
Gina just hung out while the kids were playing. This was her type of trip... eating out almost every night. Now if they just had those afternoon soaps.