Tag Archive | Walks

Daily Prompt: Fight or Flight

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding, belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

I guess that this came to my mind because I am just a few days away from being responsible for another young Pup and this was one of the most significant learning curves of dog ownership for me.

GSP pup

I lived in Chorley, Lancashire at the time and Dog (not much more than a Pup himself around then) had taken me for a hike; I can still visualise most of the route and this must be around 8 years ago.  We had walked from our newbuild home, up through the suburbs of the small town, along a track, past a smallholding and used the underpass to go underneath the M61 motorway.  We walked along paths through countryside climbing gently towards a wood.   This was not a new walk to us we had done it several times.  It was our habit to walk though the lower section of the wood and make a circuit to climb up out of the woodland onto the heath.  Sometimes we walked further on and made a circuit but this particular day I decided we would return through the woodland.

We entered at the top and followed a path down a gentle slope.  Dog was off lead (we were well away from any livestock) and was bumbling around sniffing here and there … and then he was gone.  It was one of those “blink and you missed it moments” – he literally disappeared!   Read More…

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