I got some unexpected exercise this afternoon. Just when my husband was about to go to work he opened the door and we both saw a scruffy little dog running loose on the other side of the street. I just hate seeing a stray dog in my neighborhood. I always worry that the dog is going to end up getting hit by a car since the street I live on is fairly busy.
I decided to try to catch the dog if I could. Usually when I’ve seen a dog on the loose in the past the owner isn’t too far behind. So I put on my coat and grabbed one of my dogs leashes and off I went in the direction that I’d last seen the dog run in. As I walked down the street I caught sight of the dog running across the street in front of a car. I cringed – but luckily it made it safely across.
It took me a few blocks, but I managed to start to catch up to the little dog. Naturally just as I did it turned down a side street and went off towards some Housing for seniors. That was actually better because it was a quieter street so it was safer for the dog if it started to run across the road again.
I did manage to get close to the dog. Not close enough to pet it or to put a leash on it. I think I would have gained it’s trust but it’s owners finally appeared and the dog ran to them. They were nice and they thanked me for trying to help their dog. They said their dog slipped out when they opened the door to get the paper. Hopefully that doesn’t happen too often!
Do you ever worry when you see loose dogs running around your neighborhood? Do you try to go out and help them like I did?