If I Was Your Mother

Our walk was interrupted by an enormous black lab puppy.  The owner was a young woman, literally a football field away, screaming the dog’s name.

Trying desperately to keep Jake from devouring the dog, I kept reassuring him that it was okay and that this goofy intruder was a good boy.

It worked, no one took a bite out of anyone but I was shocked when the young woman finally reached us without a shred of urgency. There was a moment of eye contact, no apology for not having her 50 pound puppy on a leash, nothing.  It was eerie.  I joked about his big feet, still nothing. It was like I wasn’t even there. (maybe I wasn’t).

She continued to scream at this smiling goofball and when she finally got the leash to click, away she went  … still yelling at her toddler.

I thought about how differently that encounter could have turned out and I felt blessed.

Blessed knowing that no one was hurt, really blessed that I wasn’t dragged by my sled team and so very thankful that I wasn’t raised that way.

What is this world coming to? Am I on TV?

If I was her mother … glad I’m not.

yeah what she said …


be nice or leave

 Jake and Charlie on Etsy

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Hale says:

    It’s too bad this dog owner doesn’t have the confidence her dog has to meet new people. One of the things I like best about being a dog owner is the opportunity to meet new people and let the dogs play a bit, especially when there is a puppy involved. Socialization is a key aspect of a healthy dog developement.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mara lee says:

      Couldn’t agree more!


  2. Debra says:

    I don’t understand why people will continue to do something that doesn’t work. Does she think her dog speaks English or can understand her hysteria for doing something as sane and normal as running over to say hi? If only people who like animals enough to want to spent time with them could learn some empathy, I guess she really wants an automaton without any emotions and that can be programmed. Someone get her an electric sheep please.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mara lee says:

      She was a twenty something and honestly I don’t think she knew any better. Very sad all the way around. The electric sheep idea isn’t a bad one. Couldn’t hurt.


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