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06 March 2008 @ 06:05 pm
Puppy on the brain  
Last night we had our first puppy escape.  Domino and Neil had gone on a walk, and while on a busy street she got spooked by a bus and popped her head right out of her collar.  Neil called me from a parking lot on the edge of a woody creek where he'd basically (mostly) cornered her, and I had to ride to the rescue with treats to lure, and then grab our shifty slippery dog.  You wouldn't think it would be that harrowing, but sadly Austin drivers do not look out for dogs.  Needless to say she won't be walked along that road again until after she's completed her obedience class (and possibly not again when she's walking with Neil, period).

It's funny how fast I went into full scale alert when I heard the slightly frantic tone of my beloved's voice on the phone - I pretty much dropped everything and crisis mode was on.  Not that it was a huge crisis, but we certainly have a better idea of her previous life now, and possible reason why she was on the street to be sheltered in the first place.  She was fast, and unrepentant, at least until we got her home.  Then she was looking for reassurance because she could tell we'd been scared by the whole experience. It made me glad we'd microchipped her (although I know that's not a gaurantee, but still, it is a safeguard). 

Sometimes it seems like bonds with pets are so strong, and yet this just goes to show how fragile these things can be.  Not that Domino's completely bonded with us - she's only been with us for a month or so, and although I think she has a great time here, I'm not quite sure if she's completed the whole "you're my pack and my family" circut in her brain yet.

All's well that ends well though.  And speaking of animals, here's a way you can support the ASPCA (for no cost):

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your royal pie-ness: lilo & stitch: stitch applauseentrenous88 on March 6th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I gasped! I'm so happy the puppy is home safe! *snuggles puppy and doesn't have the heart to scold her*
your royal pie-ness: hp: friendsentrenous88 on March 6th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Also, I should ask -- have you considered walking her using a harness? Much harder to wriggle or jump out of!
my monkied brain: You Rockkatekat1010 on March 6th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
you are a mind reader - the harness came up in convo just a couple of minutes ago and we will seriously consider it :D
BJ: Dance Dancedara_starscream on March 7th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Phew! Safe and sound. Poor pup. Poor humans too.
my monkied brain: faith - puppylv [ntm]katekat1010 on March 8th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
It was definitely nerve wrackign! but all's well that ends well, and she's sleeping on the living room floor right now. :D
Lostgirllostgirlslair on March 8th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Oh, you must have been so worried! I'm glad she's back home, now, and none the worse for her adventure! I hope N's also none the worse! ::huge hugs::
my monkied brain: faith - puppylv [ntm]katekat1010 on March 8th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
He was *definitely* shaken up. Didn't help that the next night when D went to smoke on the front porch Domino ran right out with her... I think Neil's a little frustrated by the whole "i'm not paying attention to you" thing. But she'll get there!
Lostgirllostgirlslair on March 11th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
She will! You guys love her lots and she'll settle in with time. ::huge hugs::