One of the things I’ve been struggling with regarding Sampson’s ACL injury is trying to give him the care he needs, while not letting Delilah feel too neglected. Many is the time I’ve had to push her away to insure she doesn’t step on Sampson’s bad leg. Or I’ve been busy with him and can’t give her the attention she’s been seeking. And that makes me feel very badly.
Luckily I think spring has finally made her way to the northeast, and I’ve been trying to take advantage of the nicer weather to get Delilah out for a walk.
Yesterday my mom came and sat with Sampson so Delilah and I could get out and enjoy almost 60 degree weather. Typically I let Delilah choose our walk. We start out with her in the lead and whichever way she turns, I follow. Of course there are times when I encourage her away from a situation I’m uncertain of, which is how we found ourselves playing Dodge Dog yesterday.
As we were making our way into our favorite park, I noticed an animal moving in the distance. I pulled my camera out just in case it was a deer, but upon closer inspection it looked like a black lab. I could hear a woman shouting for it, so I directed Delilah onto one of the side trails.
As I huffed and puffed behind her up the hill, my eyes kept straying to the path I’d seen the dog on. Within a minute the off-leash dog was joined by another off-leash dog and shortly after that a woman followed. They headed into the soccer field. I knew I’d have to keep my eyes sharp if I was going to prevent my leashed dog from encountering the off-leash dogs.
The good thing was, Delilah had not seen the dogs so she wasn’t on the lookout for them. But I was. And not being able to anticipate which trail (if any) they would choose, I kept my eyes sharp. Sure enough as we approached the field from the other direction, I noticed the black dog, in the field. I contemplated a trail that would take us along side the field, but thought that might be pushing my luck. So we turned around and headed back the way we had come.
As it turned out, our walk was a bit longer than I had planned, but it was a nice day and we managed to avoid an encounter with the off-leash dogs.