|Posted on October 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM|
LILY and I were just coming home from a walk on her path when I saw a man working on a roof with his dog laying in a dog bed in the middle of the lawn. I did not notice the dog until we were almost beside him. The dog was doing a very hard stare at LILY, but he was not moving. It looked to me like he was tethered and I thought (hoped) that the man would be responsible enough to make sure that his dog could not reach the sidewalk. The dog also looked like he was out of shape and maybe older like LILY, so probably was not too interested in instigating anything. LILY used to be extremely reactivate, but she was calm, just walking along beside me and totally ignoring the man and the dog. I was attentive, but not super concerned as LILY was on the opposite side of me totally minding her own business. To our surprise, the dog shot out from his bed behind us as we walked passed causing LILY to quickly scoot forward (not so good for a senior, arthritic dog with hip dysplasia...) and if the dog had not wiped himself out on the sidewalk, LILY likely would have been tackled. The man called his dog's name a few times because the dog WAS NOT in fact tethered (or maybe the clip from the tether broke??) I think the jolt from wiping out caused the dog to get his brain back and we were already in front of the next house by the time he shook himself off, so he listened and headed back to his bed. I am very impressed that LILY didn't miss a beat - she didn't even look back, but just kept walking beside me. Has anything like this ever happened to you?