It was a lovely spring morning, and around seven thirty am, as usual, I took my canine brood forth for their morning stroll. All was well and we were progressing innocently enough. It was the kind of walk that I like the most, the kind of walk where no one is out and about and my dogs and I tour the block uninterrupted.
Alas, it was not to be.
We went around a corner and started up a walkway between the back of some townhouses and a fence and what should I spy, but a gallivanting Shih Tzu heading straight for us, completely unattended. Unlike Bailey Hackles, Small Fry did not appear threatening in the least, but also unlike the Bailey Hackles incident, this time, there was a Nuka.
A big, giant, awful Nuka.
Being a friendly sort, Small Fry ran right up to my three dogs without the least reservation and proceeded to strike up a friendship. For two out of the three, this was fine. For Nuka, it meant a berserker freak out of epic proportions during which I looked like the most incompetent dog handler of all time.
Maybe I am.
That, is besides the point of this particular story. For about five minutes that felt like five hours, I attempted to restrain my giant, awful dog and made enough of a ruckus doing so that the owner finally came to collect his dog without a word, apology or note of concern and to him I say, well, you can imagine what I say. I sincerely thank the elderly woman who came over from a nearby parking lot to see if everything was all right. Thank you, my good woman, for caring.
One of the great mysteries of Nuka is her on leash behaviour. When Nuka sees another dog on leash, it is difficult to determine whether she is so excited by the dog that she literally can't control herself, or, adversely, she wants to eat the dog's face off. I have yet to determine a test for this that won't potentially end in tragedy. In any case, we came home and Nuka and I drove straight to PetSmart. I thought we had moved passed the Gentle Leader, I was wrong.
|Buzz Lightyear, Nuka and Nivek. No small dogs were harmed in the taking of this photograph.|