So - my sister is in town, and staying at my place and using my car and taking Ceylon almost everywhere she goes (as I would do if I didn't have to work). At some point today after she and my daughter got home after swimming, and before I got off of work, apparently Ceylon slipped out of the front door, and nobody noticed. I got home at about 5:10, and asked, where is Cey?, and it was only then that we all realized that he was not in the house.
Well, we all spent about 20 minutes running around the neighborhood calling for him, and then I came back inside and called the Seattle animal shelter (which wasn't helpful as they only update their lost pets helpline once a day at 6:30, and when I tried to call them directly I just got a message machine) and I started freaking out and crying and finally started printing out Lost Dog fliers to put up. In the meantime, my sister and my daughter were still out combing the neighborhood... My sister came back, and while I was struggling with the printer (still crying, to be honest - I was thinking about all of the horrible things that could have happened....) my sister had the good sense to check Craigslist, where somebody had posted an ad just 20 minutes prior:
"Cute little long hair dog found along Lake City way in Lake City. Very sweet and obviously loved."
We emailed the email address, got a call back within 10 minutes, and got Ceylon back within half an hour. Apparently he was wandering around about a block away from our house and this wonderful kind lady saw him and picked him up... I tried to give her $50 when she returned him but she wouldn't take it. Anyway, OMFG - Cey NEVER runs off, this was the first time ever, and I wasn't here so I still am not really sure what happened. I am just SO freakin glad to have him back safe and sound (and am planning on installing a baby gate in the front door for now for the times that I am not home... lol...).
So yea - thank GOD for good Samaritans!!!