After a short while I realised that she wasn't following me. I called. No sign. I walked back and looked up and down the ditch. No sign. I called. I heard a rustling noise and she came running out of the bushes.
At first I thought she had a dead pigeon. I hate taking those off her as they often disintegrate but as she came nearer my heart almost stopped. There were fluffy brown ears sticking out of her mouth, no! not a baby rabbit.
I didn't dare try to take it off her, we were too close to the road and I knew she would run rather than hand over her treasure. So I calmly turned and walked down the path. She followed. Then overtook me. She was prancing along with her tail in the air as happy as can be. The ears were jiggling up and down as she walked. As I caught up I could see more and it became clear that they were not real rabbit ears.Phew, you can't know how happy O was/
The head has a ball inside, and has clearly been loved off it's body. Some poor dog has lost his much loved and much chewed best friend. I will take it back tomorrow and try to leave it where Kizzie stole it from.