Unexpected running mate
September 05, 2012
'Go home!' I told the dog, but he was just like my kids, and pretended he didn't hear me.
So there we were, me, my two sons, and this unfamiliar dog.
'Oh well,' I thought, 'he'll get tired of us soon, and go home.'
But he didn't! In fact he stayed with us the whole way to school, no matter what I did.
I dropped the boys off at school, and that's when the dog spotted two other runners and decided to follow thém! I felt quite betrayed, let me tell you. Being dropped like that for faster runners…
But the fast runners stopped running, and I saw them gesturing towards the dog, shooing him towards me.
'It's not my dog either!' I shouted and started running towards them. 'He doesn't listen to me...'
'We're from Austria!' the male runner declared. When the dog heard that, he decided to go with me, for reasons only he could tell. If he could talk.
So there I ran again, with my unexpected running mate. I'm not much of a dog lover, but I have to admit, it was quite nice having him there beside me. Unfortunately he still acted like my children, and did as he damn well pleased. For example running across a busy road. I kept getting angry looks from people that said: 'Why don't you take better care of your dog, lady!'
And I kept explaining: 'It's not my dog!'
Finally we came to the dog's home, where the owner just appeared.
'Ah, there he is!' he said.
'He just came along,' I explained, not wanting to appear a dognapper. 'He's very sweet!'
'You want him?' the owner said gruffly, and then seemed startled by his own question.
'I would certainly be interested,' I heard myself say.
Then I heard a big splash, and when I looked around the dog had decided to jump into the nearest creek. I seriously suspect he had ADHD!
So now the owner keeps his dog on a tighter leash. And deep down, I'm kind of hoping that one day he will come up to me, and offer me his dog.
Because he was a really nice, unexpected running mate.
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