Monday, June 16, 2008

Feel The Fear....


For the last 8 years my dogs and I have walked in the woods nearby. We pile in the car whatever the weather and try to get the heart pumping and the blood moving. In fact I was rather pleased to read that doctors are prescribing a stiff walk in amongst the greenery to help overcome mild depression...could have told them that..I always come home with spirits noticeably lighter..until recently that is..
A dog walker posted a warning on a local forum that her dog had gone rushing through the bushes and disturbed a wild boar. The boar not unnaturally irritated had gored the poor dog who survived but needed extensive surgery. Now, of course, I tread very lightly along the paths and shriek hysterically after the dogs should they stray from my side. In one rather dramatic incident I heard a rasping cough and sprinted, for the first time in many years, a brisk 100 metres. H. was a little bemused at first then rather taken aback to discover I was prepared to leave him to the mercy of the wildlife. That took a bit of smoothing over, I can tell you. And the noise? Never did find out but I intend to put bells on my dogs in future..

24 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Hi Angela,

LOL, that made me laugh, I do know wild boars can be a bit of a problem though.

Jim

Gigi said...

Nice to see you back, Angela! Not sure that boars cough, though, do thye? (Unless they're heavy smokers :-))

Bibi said...

Wow, a close encounter of the wild porcine kind. Here all one has to watch out for is ticks and other undisciplined dogs. I'm visiting your blog for the first time, and really, really like what I see, so I'll be back for sure.

sarala said...

So are you back?
I'd have run too. Wild boars are pretty intimidating. Not that I've ever seen one.

CJ said...

Wild boar! Sounds pretty scary, maybe a bit like the African Warthog? Funny looking but dangerous all the same. Hope your summer's been good? Sadly ours seems to be over.

Norm said...

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Barbara Rahal said...

oohh yes get some bells ...that kind of situation can be scary eh!...lovelly dog!!

lili11 said...

Yeah ... get a bell ...

SandyCarlson said...

Been in situations like that, Angela! You made me laugh. Thanks. Happy New Year. God bless.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a good reminder: a walk in the wild can often be just that, instead of the peaceful retreat we are seeking.

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Jacob said...

In Ocala, we have wild bears, and I guess a few wild boars. I've never seen either, however, although a black bear was in a tree downtown the other day!

Is that your Golden. What a beauty. Our Golden, Haley, is now 10 and slowing down, but her special joy is her daily walk.

They are such wonderful dogs.

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Angela in Europe said...

Hi there. Very funny post, but wow, you really should get some bells for your dog!

roger said...

Hi Angela - have you given up on all this blogging?

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Hi Angela, i like your blog, keep writing please :)

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Samantha@ Living In The Sun said...

Hi I used to love walking in the forest with my dad and his red and white setter it's realy calming, even on rainy days. No wild Boar, but we had an encounter with a full grown red deer stag once he charged the dog and didn't want to give up. I have herd about wild boar a few times, everyone say's they are realy bad tempered, be careful.

Best Regards Sam

South of France Holidays said...

Interesting, I suppose you just never know what the wildlife has to offer!

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