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Close call (story included)

Close call (story included)

This is what greeted me today, although this wasn't taken then, when Sahraa managed to rip the lead out of my hand (the retractable kind, with the big plastic part) and go racing down the street. The plastic thing was dragging on the pavement behind her, which freaked her out, and she ran across Constitution Avenue, a very busy street, and ran down the sidewalk, then ran into the street, then crossed 10th Street and again Constitution, right in front of a truck. I could see all this happening but was unable to keep up with her, as she pretty much moves like a gazelle, and after running down 10th Street, I lost her. I called a friend in a panic and asked if he'd help me search for her because there was no doubt she was going to get hit sooner or later. Meanwhile, I checked the park to no avail and started to walk home to wait for my friend. I got to our gate, and Sahraa was on the doorstep. I couldn't believe she had found her way back home, especially in such a panic. Later, when it was time to go to a previously scheduled vet appointment, she refused to even get near the front door. But later she seemed to have recovered from the fright, and we all went to the park.

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Graeme11-Jan-2017 20:11
When I was a kid we had a West Island Terrier and one day the front door was open and Bobby ran out and straight out of the partly gate into the path of a jeep. I am so pleased that Sahraa made it home safely, Helen! Bobby wasn't as lucky...
larose forest photos11-Apr-2016 21:31
What a story! It is surely miraculous that she wasn't hit when rushing through all that traffic! She might have nine lives, like a cat. Thank goodness the story ended well. V
Karen Moen17-Aug-2015 17:58
She does seem to be avoiding eye contact...probably a guilty conscience! LOL!
hamery11-Jul-2015 13:46
Poor her and a excellent composition, Helen. BV
Theo Bögels23-Nov-2013 07:52
A familiar story. Our dog ran away while she was tied to a chair. Dragging the chair behind her and thinking that she was persecuted, she ran off in total panick. We could finally catch up with her because the chair got stuck between two trees. I doubt whether she'd returned home, like clever Sahraa!
William Barletta29-Jun-2010 09:59
She does look sad and confused. Poor dog!