…of our bushes, and I was the last to know. You can probably guess what happens next—a test of my theory about showing love to get a dog to come to you.
I quickly realized Rico and Roxy’s investigation entailed more than simply who had stopped by the house in our absence. I turned to drop my bags on the porch, and turned back around just in time to see Roxy vanish around the side of the house.
She and that cat shot out so fast, Rico didn’t even know the chase began. Poor guy was still fishing around the bushes.
At least he was easy to get into the house.
I went around back and called out …. no sound (thank heavens, because a screeching cat would have been bad).
Roooxeee!… no movement. Not even in the waist-high grasses and weeds of the easement about 100 feet away. That panicky, tingly feeling started creeping into my face and chest. I had to fight the image of the chase crossing the road.
Roooxeee, baby girl! … finally her head popped over shrubbery. She answered with a little “uh-oh” whimper. In all the excitement, she apparently didn’t realize she had crossed the ravine and didn’t want to wade through that mess to get back to me.
Even though she was a good 125-150 feet away, I decided not to move any closer. She needed to come to me.
Yeah, it was a gamble. But I guess the non-scared-shitless part of me knew she would obey.
I had to give another gooey, “come-here-baby” and kneel down with outstretched arms to convince her to forget about the cat, cross the frightening ravine, and come back to me. But she came running. And I threw my arms around her and rubbed her head to make sure she knew how pleased I was at what she just did – came when I called.
So, what did I learn?
- Love, cultivated in relationships over time, can indeed become more powerful than temptation.
- Whether I see anything or not, the second the dogs get excited is the very second I need to address it.
- Panic and anger only slow down the ability to react productively to a situation.
- We can never have a cat in Roxy’s lifetime.
- Rico might be the worst hunter ever.