November 12th 2009 12:56 am
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Today he yanked the Mom right off of her feet! Right down onto her hands and knees! It was a real surprise for all of us--me, Burt and the Mom. See, I was at the end of my 15' retractable leash, leaving a little "present" on the park grass for the Mom to pick up. Burt was standing next to the Mom, waiting. quitely. P a t i e n t l y. For once. Until he saw the SQUIRREL!!!!!
Burt lit out after that squirrel. Usually, the Mom runs after him, and I follow along. So when Burt hits the end of his leash, the Mom's forward momentum makes it no big deal. But today she was standing still waiting for me to finish. So, when Burt hit the end of his leash... BAM!!!!! Down the Mom went. Luckily, on the grass, not on the paved path.
The Mom dropped our leashes on the way down so she could break her fall with her hands. The leashes retracted, right into me and Burt. Good thing, that. It startled Burt and stopped him right in his tracks!
The Mom was on the ground saying "come, Burt, come". Every time Burt walked toward her, the leash banged into his side and he'd stop. She'd say "come, Burt, come" and he'd start toward her again. Then "bang" and Burt would stop again. This went on a couple of more times before he finally made it back to the Mom. I, of course, came back to the Mom right away. I've been paying attention to our trainer, Trixie, unlike some dogs I could mention...
Poor Mom. She had to stay home from work and ice her knee. And tomorrow is her birthday! Great present, Burt... a fat knee and a cane--the present that just keeps on giving! Sheeeeesh...
Oh, Dixie Mom...we're so very sorry you got hurt!! Sully did the same thing to Mom a month or so ago going after a squirrel while Mom was preoccupied talking to a neighbor. Mom didn't fall, but her shoulder is a wreck!
Good girl for coming back when you were called, Dixie!
We hope your Mommy can still enjoy her birthday at least a little. HUGSSSSSSSSS
Oh no! Poor Mom! Please give her huge hugs and kisses for me! We hope her knee gets feeling better really soon. We can't have a hurt mom on her birthday!! Good thing you weren't on a coupling leash!
Ouch ! Give some licks and kisses to your mom. It's her birthday tomorrow and we just love birthdays !
Happy birthday...To your mommy...
Yippie ! Hope your mommy will feel better for her big day ! XOXOXO
So sorry Mum got hurt... but actually understand both the reflex reaction to the squirrel and the being scared by the leash banging.
HUGSSSSSSSSS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM !!!