It has taken me this long to write this. In mid Dec my wife let out BLM out to air. He got away from her and we searched for 3 days tring to find him. The hardest part for me was putting out fliers at area businesses. It was on Dec 18 the family wanted to go out and look for him agian. Drove all over blowing whistles and calling for him. My 6 year old said that it did not matter and he would ask Santa to bring him home. We told him that Santa may not be able to find him either. We came home then my 9 year old stood on the front porch and asked God to please bring his dog home. That night around 1130 pm our BLF began to bark. I got up out of bed and looked outside I did not see anything. The next morning my wife was getting ready to go out the door and he ran into the house. Everyone in the house was happy he was home but he has been attacked. Called our vet's emergancy number 2 times to have her call us back because his tail had been degloved. Looked like whatever got hold of him grabbed at the base of the tail and pulled all the skin off. Since our vet did not call back in 15-20 I called another vet. He had to amupated the whole tail, which he still has a wound about the size of a half dollar. The vet said that it had to have been coyotes. I have talked with neighbors and one lost a calf the first night he got out. When I asked our vet if she got the message from the answering service she said she did and she thought it was a cut that needed to be stiched, she did not think the tail was ripped off. I told her that I told the answering service that it had been degloved. Is it time to find a new vet? The most important part is that we have him back and a small boys prayer was answered.