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.
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…