Thursday, March 26, 2009

Now tell me I was a fool

What a morning I had yesterday!

Here's what happened.

Every morning, I take my two big dogs, Gunnar and Daisy, out to the dog run for the day. My little dog, Buddha, cannot stay outside with them because he is too small. He's only 4 1/2 pounds! He tries to get out of my sight and make his escape. He can get out of the dog run by going through the fence or under the fence, all different ways. Then, he likes to run out back, through the fields and trees, to visit the neighbor's dogs. This always annoys and worries me because he has no idea that there are animals that could eat him, like coyotes and hawks. I have to go and get him and he hangs his head and cowers, all sad, but not ever really sorry, because he'll take off again the next chance he gets.

I often bring him out to the dog run, and watch and wait until after he does his business. Then, I take him back to the house before I go feed the horses. Yesterday morning, to save time, I brought him along to the barn with me. I even put him on a leash to keep him from running off. I use a retractable leash so that he can feel like he's free. Once I got to the barn, I found the perfect place for his leash. In the middle of the breezeway, on the support pole, there is a hook made from a horseshoe. I hooked his leash onto the hook but I didn't know what to do about the long leash. I was afraid he would go under the barn door into the stalls but I figured that he'd be too scared. I suppose I should have fastened the leash so that it would stay short.

Because it was windy, I left the horses in and fed them. Then I went into the middle stall, Scout's stall, and gave him some more hay. Buddha was good and just stood near the hay rather than coming over to the stalls.

Well, I didn't latch the stall door and Scout charged out. He ran towards the hay and I saw him get his feet tangled in the cord of the retractable leash. Oh no!! I had no idea where Buddha was!I couldn't watch.

However, Scout just turned around and ran back to his stall, miraculously getting free of the cord about his legs. Somehow, Buddha had stayed clear of killer hooves and Scout didn't panic with the cord about his legs! I hurried out to the aisle and Buddha was right there, wagging his little hairy tail, safe as can be. What a miracle! What a dumb idiot I was!!

Tis true, God watches over the innocent and the ignorant.

Now tell me I was a fool - song: That's Where My Heart Is, artist David Bowie


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

You're too hard on yourself. Sometimes stuff just happens. You taught me that, remember?

And next time you'll remember to latch Scout's stall after you go in. Naughty Scout! lol!
What an adventure for Buddha! :)


jane augenstein said...

so glad you tiny boy is OK! What a scare! I have two little dogs and they don't mind very well either and will run off if they get the chance.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Whew! That was a close one. One time I left one horse tied to a post inside the paddock and walked away. Another horse cut in front of the tied horse, and managed to get the lead rope wrapped around her neck. I looked over and both horses were struggling to free themselves. Now if I know I'm going to have to leave a horse tied for a few minutes, I make sure no other horses can get into that area.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I suppose if I had shortened the leash it would have been curtains for Buddha. Because the leash goes to 20 feet, he must have been able to skeedadle away from Scout's feet.
Whew!! That was lucky!

Melanie said...

I agree with Miss Lisa...don't be too hard on yourself. Stuff happens, right??? LOL!
Thank goodness it turned out alright for all involved. :)