Monty, Buster (our newfy) and I were on one of our daily excursions on Nose Hill, a large wild grass hill in the city, which is three miles across and wide with a ravine with deer, coyotes and porcupines.
It is a great place for the dogs to run in the long grass.
Monty was 10 months at the time, full of enthusiasm, always running ahead but checking back with me and Buster regularly. On a few previous occasions, Monty had gone running off into the ravine and had chased some deer, but had come back after some calling so I was not uncomfortable with him going ahead. In previous walks we could see him in the ravine as there were no leaves on the trees during the winter walks.
Well on this occasion, he suddenly took off and disappeared into the ravine and as it was early spring we could not see him due to the leaves on the trees.
I stood for some time calling his name and whistling for him to come back. Buster just sat watching and waiting but not being very helpful in the search.
Then I started panicking running up and down the hill trying to find Monty, Buster trotted on behind me finding it hard to keep up with my running, with, 'Is this really necessary' look in his eyes.
I telephone my husband who said he would come home from work and help find Monty.
20 minutes later I got a telephone call from my husband who was pulling up to our house, and who do you think was sitting by our garden gate, but our Monster Monty.
He must have sprinted home at lightning speed thinking we had abondoned him. It took Buster and I, 25 minutes to walk back home.
There was no sign of apology for his actions, just an 'I'm innocent' look.
And a worry free nap after his adventures.
Lesson Learnt: No more off leash time near the ravine until Monty's recall is firmer and never trust an exuberant young puppy.
|great pics and story you know a sheepdog will never run away ...for too long ....|
|Obviously you were going to slow for Monty's liking|
|Buster said, "He ain't in water or in danger, I'm cool." |
glad all worked out
Our St.B pulled the same trick while we were out hiking. Took off after a range cow. After calling and calling we headed back to the car wondering what to do. There the idiot was sitting beside the car.
|I'd be so worried! Glad he was at home safe.|
|Glad he was all OK - and very cute pictures!|
|I know your heart was in your throat. Happy he made it home safe and sound.|
|At least he knew the way home. But, shame on him for making you worry!!|
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