Candy has a tendency to "take off" whenever she sees a bird or a dog if she's off leash. It has always scared me, especially if we are in an area where cars go by. I rarely have her off leash, but when I do I make sure it's in a closed off area where she can't get into too much trouble if she were to suddenly take off.
Many people would say the answer to this is training, but with all of the research I've done Yorkies are known to be unpredictable, especially when it comes to birds and other distractions. This scares me to death because I'm always worried about Candy. Will she take off and follow a bird and lose sight of me? Will she be so bold to try and "attack" a big dog and get hurt in the process? I constantly worry about her and I feel I have a right to do so. I'm always extra cautious because I don't want anything to happen to my sweet pup.
Lately there has has been this dog in BK's neighborhood that wanders around the neighborhood. He's completely harmless and minds his own business. He's also street smart like a cat and doesn't run out into traffic. I think Candy gets slightly jealous of his freedom when she peers out the window, barking at him to get off of her lawn!
Well today I thought I would introduce Candy to this dog on leash. It was her bathroom time anyway so I put her harness and leash on, and we went outside on the lawn. It was there that I noticed her harness was only on one leg. My sneeky puppy had her other leg bent when I was putting on her harness and in my excitement for her to meet the roaming dog I didn't notice. While we were still on the lawn I made a huge mistake. I decided to take Candy out of her harness while holding the front of her chest for security. I did not notice that the dog we were supposed to greet had started to make his way across the street. I thought I was quicker than Candy, and Candy couldn't help herself. In an instant she jumped out of my arms and took off across the street after the dog.
I stared across the street. Mortified. Just the other night I had this same nightmare. However today this was my worst reality. Thoughts starting pouring into my head. "Please God," I prayed. "Don't let Candy get run over by a car."
Next I ran across the street, not even noticing a car was coming. I think the driver saw Candy run across the street, and thankfully she slowed down. By the time I reached across the street Candy had already tried to meet and greet the other dog, and the carefree dog couldn't care less. Thankfully that was enough for Candy to snap out of her carefree mode. She looked at me. I yelled "Stay, Candy!" and she immediately sat down on the curb. I grabbed her and held her close. My heart was pounding.
I had a talk with Candy soon after. I told her she couldn't do that to me ever again. She did this once before, except she miraculously got out of her harness during a walk and tried to confront a larger dog. Thankfully the owner's dog was well trained and I was able to get to Candy quickly.
Candy let me hold her close. Soon after I put her on the bed and she started licking my face and licking and biting my ear. She does this whenever she thinks she is in trouble or to tell me that she loves me. I told her it's okay, but I don't want anything to happen to her. I think she understood.
Watching Candy run across the street today made me realize that scary events can happen in an instant. Sometimes we can't do anything to prevent them either. Even though realizing this sucks, at least I take comfort in knowing that God has my back and that good can come out of any situation. Also -- I'm learning to truly cherish every moment, especially with my loved ones. Everything can change in an instant and I wish I could control every situation, but I can't. The most I can do is learn from the event, and love a little bit deeper.
I'm going to take each day and truly cherish it. Are you?