Join Date: Mar 2010
Shadow ran off
Things had been busy here yesterday and Shadow didn't get to go to the dog park at the normal time. So my son took her down there later. The lighting at the park doesn't reach all areas, and unfortunately my son couldn't find Shadow's blinker before they left. When they left I was tired so I went to bed, I was only in bed about 10 minutes when I heard a bang on the front door. I didn't go and check though. At first I thought it was my son back already with Shadow, but I hadn't heard his car alarm, I listened for a little while and hadn't heard anything more so I didn't worry about it, I thought it was probably just a possum (we have those in the yard some times). I dozed off to sleep. About 15-20 minutes later my son is waking me up, Shadow is next to him, he said Shadow ran off. Huh!!! She is with him. He said he had to go back to the park, some one was helping him look for her, and he left. What the heck is he talking about? Shadow is now puffing and panting up and down my hallway. When he finally gets back home, he tells me; they were at the park walking around and some dogs were approaching from the distance, he didn't think anything of it. The dogs owners were there and the dogs seamed friendly. Shadow ran ahead to play with them. All the dogs were chasing each other a little bit away from him, and getting further and further away. Shadow gets nervous at night time, he forgot this. My son called out to Shadow but because it was dark he now couldn't see her. He started whistling and calling, he was panicking now. He got to the edge of the park and hadn't spotted her any where. There was a man across the street at one of the houses and he asked my son if he was looking for a shepherd. Yes!!!! By this stage my 20 year old son is almost crying. The man said a shepherd came racing out of the park, ran to the footpath all the way to the corner, stopped, appeared to look in either direction then crossed the road and headed left down the street. He said she was moving faster than any dog he had ever seen, but she was clever enough to use the path and stop briefly at the corner before crossing the road. He said he didn't even have time to reach down and pick up the leash which was at his feet, and she was already gone. The man said he would keep looking out for her and my son ran back to his car to try and track her down. The way she'd ran was the way home, however if she didn't do a left turn further down the road and kept going, she would have hit a main road. My son was terrified. He drove home, windows down screaming out to her the whole way home. He got home and there she was, sitting on the front porch with a big grin on her face.
When my son told me what happened I realized the bang on the door was her, she'd been sitting there by herself for a good 20 minutes perhaps. I think whats happened is because it was dark and she is nervous in the dark, she has ahead of my son to play with the other dogs. Gotten disorientated, headed to the side of the park where my son parks his car 70% of the time, found there was no car there and thought he must of left without her. Even if she had heard him calling, because the park is huge it would have been hard for her to pick up what direction it was coming from, being so dark as well she probably couldn't see him. she may even have been out of the park before my son realized she wasn't with the other dogs still. He could just make out the other dogs because one was a yellow lab.
Needless to say- good girl Shadow for finding her way home. Naughty girl Shadow for leaving dad at the park. Naughty boy older son for letting her out of sight, it will NEVER happen again.