“The Pet Ran Away”
I’ve heard many interesting stories that parents have told along these lines. It’s hard to believe that the dog, cat, rabbit, gerbil, or what have you that was old and laid around all day finally got some legs and just ran off one day. We know that most of these animals know how to come back home if they run away. The truth is we accidentally stepped on the gerbil, we may have taken the dog to get put to sleep while you were at camp/school, or what have you. Sometimes the animals do run away. But they run away to go somewhere and die in peace. I’ve had a cat and a dog do this.