I like to think I’m pretty calm in a crisis, the sort who deals with everything and everyone then when it’s all over, goes quietly into a corner and throws up.
However, when it comes to Maggie (our dog for readers unfamiliar with my blog) I am protective and a bit of a nervous wreck if I don’t know where she is or if she’s unwell.
I was out walking with MOH and our dogs when a GSD came bounding up to me, rolled over at my feet and waved her paws in the air for tummy rubs.
I recognised her, but there was no sign of her owner. No way I was going to leave her unattended, especially as there was a kiddies playground and main road not too far away.
I wasn’t worried about the dog with kids, more of any adults reaction seeing a loose GSD, as I’ve seen the way some react with a ‘Keep away! It’s dangerous’ attitude and one day walking in Poole High Street a man had two (perfectly well behaved) and it was like the parting of the Red Sea as people gave him a wide berth! Not me, I went up for fuss and got trashed in the nicest possible way!
I clipped on Maggie’s lead and brought her home, where I matched the surname and phone number on her tag to an address in the telephone directory.
It was only round the corner from where she’d greeted me, so Maggie got a second walk as I decided to take her home.
As I approached the road in question, a car screeched to a halt not too far in front of me and a woman came rushing up to me in blind panic.
‘You’ve got my dog!’ she gushed.
It was obvious the lady was anxious, worried, and extremely frantic but luckily she recognised me so realised I wasn’t trying to dognap her pet!
Sasha (the dog) was sitting quite calmly at my feet as I explained how I’d found her and not wanting to leave her to roam, taken her home to find her address and was bringing her back.
The woman was so relieved, you could see all the tension whoosh out of her body.
Apparently, she had fallen asleep in the garden and when she’d woken up, the gate was open and Sasha was gone! She had frantically called her name as she checked local gardens etc, then got in her car to see if she could cover more ground.
I assured her that all was well, that her dog had performed both businesses which were normal and I’d cleared them up.
Written for today’s Daily Post prompt.