On Sunday, my walk with Maddie did – not – go – well. As soon as we got to the end of our driveway, I spied them. Two women and two little girls walking on Maddie’s street. I knew this was going to be a problem, but I didn’t think they would be walking very far since it as only 16°f (-9°c).
We waited a bit, so they could get a good long head start. We crossed behind them and began walking. I thought it was funny that the little girls walked like Maddie, stopping to check out everything along the way, including the “pretty dog” that was gaining on them.
They turned the same way we turn at the end of our street. As we approached the next corner, they crossed in the direction we were going, but on the other side. I led Maddie across the street and we proceeded up the street, at roughly the same pace as the group.
At the next corner, we turned right. They turned and drifted in behind us. Maddie can’t stand having one person behind her, now she had four. She looked at me and started barking, turning and making noises which I could only interpret to mean:
“They’re following us – DO SOMETHING!”
The group stopped. I untangled Maddie, who had twisted herself into a knotted ball of leash, harness and Dan. I dragged her across the street and tried to get her to sit.
One of the women started talking to Maddie. The other apologized to me. I apologized for the barking. I told them about Maddie’s curious fear of people following her as I tried to calm her down saying things like “it’s OK, they’re nice people.”
They let me know where they were heading which was away from the route we take. As they crossed to a side street, I took Maddie back to “our side” and we continued. About 100 yards later, we saw “her” the woman with the walker. It just wasn’t worth trying to go any farther.
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